I have tried everything but the Tramadol withdrawals are so unbarable I cant do it. I am a single mother of four and have wanted off of this for ten years... I am probably one of the worst cases of Ultram dependance.
Hi Jessica, & welcome to the site. The usual way of getting off of ultram or tramadol is a slow taper method. PLEASE don't ever just quit them as it can causeseizures. The drug reps presented this drug to doctors as a non narcotic drug that relieves pain & the doctors ate it up! They have prescribed it over everything on the market today! What the drug reps didn't tell the doctors is once it mixes with our bodys chemistry is becomes oppite lie in natures & becomes quite addiction in nature.A slow taper is the best way to get off of ultram. When I say slow I am talmking 5mg a week at the very least. You did not mention how much you are taking or the dosage, but 10 to12 years is a long time. You also didn't mention why you are on them. Do you have a chrontic pain condition? At any rate, a slow taper of 5mg a week is the usual reccommened taper plan. that doesn't mean you have to stick with it.
If you drop from say 50mg a day to 45mg a day for a week , but start feeling wonky or something, you may have to stay a little longer at this level than a week. Try not to increase it back, just stay there a few more days. I find it is easier if you get a small calendar to keep track of how much you drop & when the next drop is etc... Helps keep your mind occupied, & also shows you your progress. I wish you the very best, & have all the confidence in the world in you that you can do this. If you have any questions please feel free to comment to me in private or anyone on the site who can help you... Mary
Hi Jessica! I know it's been a while since you posted this question, but I wanted to share my story because it's very similar to yours. I started taking it 7 years ago, harmlessly enough. I quickly spiraled outta control, taking 25-30 a day just to function. I too, was a single mom, and It gave me the endless energy I always wanted. But, it does come at a high price! I've now tried 4 times to come off of it. The last time was a week ago. I'd been off it for 6 days, when my doctor handed me another prescription.
Well, that whole prescription was gone in 3 days! I'm now back to day 6 cold turkey, and once you get past the first couple days, it really feels like you're living in a whole new world! I realized that while I thought I had this boundless energy, and was chatty and fun, I really wasn't! I was a zombie! I don't think you should go cold turkey because the withdrawals are HORRIBLE! I do think you should talk to your doctor and start a plan to taper off of them. It will be hard! Probably the hardest thing you'll ever do! But I just know you can do it! I have zero willpower, so if I could, you could! I'm sorry you got caught up in this terrible drug and I wish you the best! Please let me know how you're doing ok!
I recently got off the Tramadol after 20 years. My withdraws consisted off terrible legs shaking at bed time. My Chiropractor suggested using Calcium / Magnesium supplements and rubbing my legs down with Menthol before bed. You can get the Menthol in many forms like (Icy-hot or Menthol Rub) 1% to 2% Menthol is good. This will stop the shaking. Do not give up!
I am 48 married and have 4 children. 3 are adults and out in their own.
I was put on 200 mg ER before bedtime of extended release Ultram also known as Tramadol 7 yrs ago.
I have a deteriorating cervical neck condition that can only be fixed by surgery and I did not want to have any type of surgery at my young age if I can avoid it.
I am managing this neck pain and muscle spasms and pinched nerve symptoms with only the use of the Ultram 200 mg ER, & 700 mg Robaxin aka Methocarbamol & Motrin 800mg for headaches.
Over the years I continue to alternate chiropractic care and massage therapy & physical therapy when I can afford those.
I recently moved to Maui Hawaii from California and was told in order to continue to take Ultram I would have to see a pain management specialist.
I went to this pain management doctor here on Maui & we paid him a lot of money and he also used my insurance and his conclusion was after a new MRI and x-ray to add an additional Ultram prescription of the fast acting 50 mg twice a day. That did not really help me at all so I stopped taking it after 1 week.
As of 8/12/14 Ultram has been reclassified by the FDA and is considered a heavy-duty narcotic. Here on Maui you may only have 1 hand written prescription with 2 refills and must turn it into a pharmacy within 3 days of issue or it is expired. Also, the entire precription including the 2 refills expires after 90 days altogether.
Recently, the FDA has re-regulated this drug quite drastically and dramatically.
Because I am still in pain everyday, I must accept the Ultram is not really working any more.
Aftter reading all of your comments & feedback and withdrawal information, I am going to take myself off of the Ultram slowly and ask for some other type of pain medication.
A neck & spine surgeon initially put me on the Ultram to help manage my daily neck pain 7 years ago.
I am allergic to codeine & hydrocodone and not able to take much else besides Motrin and Tylenol.
I will reduce the Ultram dosage over time and with the supervision of my Internal MD.
I will also seek out a new neck & spine MD and no longer return to the pain mgt Dr.
Aloha~ Maui Mom
P.S. I Also take 2mg extended release Xanax for Anxiety at bed time. I have been able to control my panic attacks with no side affects with the Xanax.
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