It really helps with break-thru pain that I experience with fibromialgia cause no other pain medicines help. For 3 months now I take Savella for fibromialgia and it is helping my discomfort.
I have taken tramadol and for me it was very addictive. When I stopped taking it I could'nt walk in a straight line,I had night sweats,and the pain was just so painful because I was so used to taking this medicine. I have also taken Savella which helped so much, but my insurance would'nt pay for it and of course it's to exspensive for Me. When I stopped taking savella you have to with it and most of the medicine prescriped to you start taking it in lower does until your body does'nt reley on it anymore.
tramadol is not a narcotic but sure acts like one. It binds itself to some of the opiod receptors and that is why you go thru withdrawal when you stop taking it if you don't tapper off slowly.. That doesnt make it a good or a bad drug just again one that you have to be sure that when you go off on VK or something you have your meds covered. I am beginning to sound like a broken record saying this and I apologize for those that are tired of me saying it but going on a drug like this IS a life changing event. Again that in and of itself doesnt make it a bad deal. I don't know how much you take but just watch the asprin intake as most of the Tramadol or Ultram I see has a bunch of asprin or its equivilent mixed in. Also they do make it in an extended release form as well as IR so you might look into that as well.
Good luck I hope you find the relief we all deserve.
I called my tramadol withdrawal "tramadol hell", for me it was worse coming off of tramadol than ANY OTHER PAIN MEDICATION I HAVE EVER TAKEN! Most doctors aren't even aware of the HUGE potential for dependence with this drug. Addiction implies looking for a "HIGH" from a substance, and seeking it out. Dependence is actually NOT uncommon for anyone taking something like this long term... it simplies means your body will need more of the drug eventually to reach the same level of benefit. That happens to most people at some point. Safe is also a relative term. Tramadol is known to lower the seizure threshold. If you've ever had a seizure or have any condition that puts you at risk for one, do not take tramadol. If you are doing well on another drug, stick with that. I also have tramadol for fibromyalgia, as the side effects were just far too severe on Lyrica to live productively. I hadn't tried Savella, yet.
But I may taper off the tramadol, instead of going cold turkey as before. And I have stopped taking much stronger drugs, including oxycodone, suddenly after long periods, and DID NOT suffer from nearly as many side effects as from my cold turkey from tramadol... that is MY experience. Its different for everyone. Take and stop this drug with caution.
Obviously from all of the responses, tramadol long term without a doubt will cause a discontinuation syndrome (p.c. for withdrawal). If you taper very very slowly, it shouldn't be all that bad - if you taper too quickly, well, then you'll have issues. My question is, if it is helping you with your fibromyalgia, why worry about stopping it? Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that will need continuous attention or medication. The only thing that worked for me with my Fibromyalgia was 20mg of methadone, something that I know is very very addictive. It however didn't get rid of all of the pain, and the doc felt that the risk of increasing the dosage would be a bad idea, so... we had to supplement with other meds. 300mg of Tramadol per day along with 225mg of Lyrica (I tried many many many different medications, such as just Lyrica at 300mg makes me sick, however, at 225mg, I'm fine, and it helps slightly.
The Tramadol also helps very slightly for me.) I was on Pristiq and Klonopin already for anxiety, so trying SNRI's was out of the question - however, the Tramadol risk vs. beneficial scenario weighed in to be worth the risk. I'm currently taking several medications that I know that I can't just stop, but really, it doesn't bother me cause it's the only thing that makes me feel normal. I also can count on the Fibromyalgia not going away, thus the list of medications wont be going away anytime soon as well. If the Tramadol helps, I wouldn't worry about the dependency issue, and just worry about the benefits, and getting your life back in order.
I sincerely hope that this is helpful - and is also just my point of view. Hope that whatever you decide to do ultimately is the right thing for you!
I have been taking Tramadol for about 3 years at the maximum dose of 300mg per day for fibro.
At first it worked wonders but now it does nothing. The body gets use to all drugs eventually and they stop working.
Getting off it is a nightmare, withdrawal symptoms very bad.
I am going to try savella.
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