I've been prescribed Tramadol 50mg (Max 400 mg per day) for back pain. I try to only take 50mg as it does have a mild effect. How quick can you become dependent on this dose?
I hate to see people restrict themselves to stop pain because of fear of dependence. I found it worked best if I took it regularly, every 6 hrs. Its not great if you try to catch up on the pain. There are many drugs we take that aren't narcotics that cause dependence. this isn't a bad thing, just a bit of a nuisance. I took 400 a day for 10 years and stopped it in 5 days without any signs of dependence.
Hi, there is no way someone could give you an exact time frame. Everyone is different. Some people can take Tramadol for years without having any dependency issues, such as Kaismama states. However, some people do have issues with this medication and can find a dependency develop quickly and find it extremely hard to discontinue when they decide to stop taking Tramadol. It can depend on the dose you take, the frequency that you take the medication daily, the length of time you are being treated with it... I you are concerned about dependence, ask your doctor for an alternative analgesic...
Do not discourage this individuals question. Tolerance does build with Tramadol and the neurological effects are similar to other "real" opioids. You can begin taking 50mg and later take 150mg or 200mg at once, and finding yourself feeling euphoric and finding a new use for the medication besides pain relief.
There's a reason it is no longer schedule V and can not be ordered domestically online anymore... I used to take many pain medications in my past and enjoyed Tramadol almost as much as Oxycodone (primarily because of the accessibility before August 2014 and cheaper price). I'll save my story for another post.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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