I was just given Tramadol by my doctor for some pain. Has anyone taken this and if so did you find it gave you the same relief as Percocet or Vicodin? I was also confused as to why I wasn't given one of those instead of the Tramadol, which I have never heard of before. Thanks
I have taken trams before and it's a joke, well it gives you this happy feeling for awhile but makes you sick to your stomach til your body gets used to it, but by that time, it is just about the same as taking regular tylenol to me.
The strength of vicodin or percocet is way different.
I agree with the with the others on this issue. tramadol never provided me with the pain control vicodin or percocet did. I feel when doc's do this they are just wanting to get the patient off narcotics that actually provide pain control. Tramadol in my opinon is nothing more than a glorified aspirin. It's supposed to be less addictive, but dah, lets get real when you have legitimate pain why do these docs show no compassion and give you something they know dam well won't help. The whole approach with pain control in patients I feel is need of a major over haul and start educaing these docs that not everyone is out there drug seeking.
Tramadol is VERY addicting trust me I have gone threw it! It made me very sick to my stomach at first but once ur body gets used to it you dont feel like that anymore. It didnt work the greatest for my pain but after ur hooked its not about the pain anymore it's just taking it to feel normal. Be careful! ALOT of Dr's believe it's not addictive but it can make u have drug seeking behavior. If on it for a long time slowly stop this medication. Well... good luck and hope u get better!!
Both Vicodin and Percocet are controlled schedule 2 which means that there is more potential for misuse/abuse the lower the number. Tramadol is controlled schedule 4 but does have a strong potential for abuse... there is discussion of this med being changed to a scheduled drug in the near future. Doctors feel more comfortable prescribing this since it is not considered a narcotic but fail to recognize its high potential for abuse, especially since it is more readily available (this med can be purchased on the internet). As an addict speaking, a euphoric feeling can be achieved but with larger doses. It takes about an hour to take affect and lasts much longer than the standard 4-6hrs. The other thing about this med is that if one is experiencing withdrawal symptoms from narcotics and you're in a pinch, this drug can be taken to prevent one from becoming sick. I know a lot of people who are now currently on Suboxone in order to kick tramadol.
Don't let a doctor tell you that this med is not addictive and it should especially be avoided if one is in recovery. Doctors have very limited education on addiction while in school so you must be educated and knowledgeable about what is and what is not addicting.
tramadol is comparable to tylenol 3, most md's give tramadol thinking it is less addictive, which in reality in most cases it IS less addictive. although, it all depends on your body chemistry and how you use it. as prescribed, it is far less habit forming than other opiates. again, depending on your chemistry, you may feel a euphoric type feeling... but that isnt why you are taking the medication is it! take it responsibly, when you are ready to get off it, do it with the help of your prescribing physician.
I took tramadol 50 mg and I can tell you that it is more effective than three-four ibuprofen but way less effective than morphine. I know that is a big gap but in my experience, the little less pain fighting power is made up for by the side effects. Oxycodone and Morphine cause tinitus (ear ringing) and dizziness that makes (at least me) sick to my stomach. It also has a lower risk of addiction (though if you are in pain, I don't think this should be what makes you consider which medications to take. It is important to relieve yourself of pain)
Now, I take two 100mg hcl time release tramadol and a 50mg tramadol for breakthrough pain. There is an envelope you can push when you are getting the dose amount. Be careful and talk to your doctor but there are always options especially for chronic pain.
I wish you the best. (and word of advice: don't take antideppressants with tramadol -not like you are deppressed but I don't know what you have and people with Fibromyalgia sometimes take antideppressants and that helps with the pain. The problem is that tramadol increses the serotonin in your brain and so do antidepressants and taking them together is dangerous because it can cause serotonin toxicity) Hope this helped! : )
Tremadol compared to vicodin and percocet are of no signifacents. I have taken all of the above plus many many more different types of pain meds. So, in my own personal experience, tremadol is mainly for vey minor pain to none at all. In taking anything, it usually takes up to a week for your body to have any kind of effect. But tremadol, from what i've learned and know, is usually taking for inflamation of certian parts of your body. Depending on how bad your pain is or how you desribed it to your doctor depends on what they may give out. I know bc of my own tolerance, i was takeing, more abuseing my tremadol, 8 or 10 50 mg. every 6 to 8 hours. It only lasted about 2 1/2 or 3 weeks before i finally told my doc. it simply was not even touching the surface of my pain. So, use it for now as it says on the bottles, give it just a few weeks and take it from there. Of course if it helps, than naturally you can continue to just take it as needed.
Otherwise and in most cases, call your doctor to make another appt. if needed, and tell them your current meds. just are not doing enough relief and you could use something stronger. Just remember, the next step up is vicodin or percocets, and they are highly addictive, so take them as needed and nothing more
when my mom was hurt at 93 y/o they gave her an Rx for this it is not any stronger than codeine (as stated) there are other medications that work in different ways and are stronger if this does not relieve your pain then be open with the doctor and tell him this does not take care of the pain, I want the best for you
In readying all these posts it is so interesting what a controversy Tramadol can be. What is the final word, narcotic or not? Addictive or not? Stronger than codeine/aspirin or not? I am so confused. I have a prescription for Tramadol but never use it, because I have to take 4 pills at a time to feel anything.
I read several of these posts and want to add a couple of things: in its chemistry, ultram certainly is a narcotic, an opiod analgesic. This is because it is not tramadol itself that is active in pain relief; it's the primary metabolite, labeled M-1, that binds directly to the brain's opiate receptors.
However, ultram is something of a "wonder drug": despite that direct binding, ultram for many, certainly including me, does really nothing to your pain level. Furthermore, it absolutely has no opiate "velvet glove" effect.
On the other hand, I detoxed myself from prescribed oxycotin and fentanyl in 2006. At the start, I had nothing, was very sick, heart in atrial tachychardia, and went to ER where I was labeled as in withdrawal and then treated like dirt. The doc knew "nothing" to ease the withdrawal.
The next day, my wife found her script for tramadol. Like Holy Magic it did just what you would intuitively expect: it cut the symptoms by at least 60%. Two years later I took Lortab 10 for 5 months, stopped and went to ultram and noticed absolutely no physical or psychological craving.
So, a Failed pain reliever, but a Superb withdrawal treatment; there have lately even been studies published on this.
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