I have been taking Tramadol a long time for Fibromyalgia and when I don't have any to take, I start having some kind of shocks to my body. What is this? Does this have anything to do with my Nerve Damage?
Sounds like it could be withdrawals from the tramadol as it is highly addictive. It is also know to cause seizures if you take more than prescribed. Be careful with this shit and use it only if you really have to. This drug is a very weak painkiller and there are much safer and overall better painkillers out there... Dave
Tramadol is a synthetic opioid and also works as an anti-depressant by increasing the hormone serotonin in your brain. Sooo, when you quit taking Tramadol after being on it for a while it's like a double whammy of withdrawing from an opioid and an SSRI (anti-depressant) medication. The brain zaps you are getting is not from nerve damage, it is from not having the extra serotonin in your body that Tramadol produces. The easiest way to get off of it is to stop taking tramadol, use a benzodiazepine (SHORT-TERM!) and get on a low dose SSRI..than taper off. No brain zaps will occur, and the benzodiazepine helps with the withdrawal from the opioid effect of Tramadol. Always consult with your Medical doctor before stopping or starting any medication.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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