I have been on Tramadol for 3 years. Taking 250-300mg a day. I decreased the dose after I had a grand mal seizure and almost died(I took 5 at once) To me it's more addictive than vicodin. It made me feel super human(at first), then I took it so I would'nt go through the absolutely horrific withdrawls. After 3 days of feeling like your dying, the malaise, and deep deep depression set in. I was especially vulnerable because I was diagnosed with depression, and ocd, with anxiety. Anti depressants take so long to take affect, all I wanted to do is not feel so sad all the time. I hate tramadol, it's the devil for me. I became a junkie, shell of the beautiful person I once was. Anyone elses experiences with opiate addiction is greatly appreciated.
Opiate Dependence - Has anyone else experienced Tramadol addiction?
- 19 Apr 2011 by cdieff
- 31 Oct 2012
- vicodin, seizures, opiate dependence, tramadol, addiction, opiate
Added 19 Apr 2011:
I just wanted to add, in the begining( first few months) I was taking at least 20 a day. Almost 3 times the safe limit. I actually induced vomitting a few times, because I felt like I was about to die. I could of died at least 3 times that I know of.
Yes tramadol is addictive. It also has a sertonergic effect meaning it effects the brain chemical serotonin which in turn effects mood (depression). So when you try to stop taking it, the serotonin becomes imbalanced again thus the deep deep depression. Are you still taking Tramadol? Do you want to get off it?
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Well done on making the desicion to come off and also for the progress in the last week,your determination is great and i admire you for that.I can relate to the depression/anxiety and ocd,i'm also the same so I can imagine it was'nt any easy thing to quit especially when it played such a big part in your life it is hard to kick,but thank god you did'nt do yourself harm by taking so much,someone was definately looking over you.Thank you for sharing your story.Post anytime you need to talk.
Take care,i wish you all the best,keep up the good work
I just wanted to update everyone:) Im still tramadol free! This is the longest I've went in 3 years. I love how im not numb anymore. It's so weird to feel things again. I have been drinking emergen-c, and it helped alot. This time around I tried melatonin( my p-doc suggested) I never tried to heal my broken 29 year old body before. I would just crawl into bed and go into a coma. Mostly the mental anguish got to me. Exercise really helps alot. This was definitely the shortest acute withdrawal period. For the PAWS I have celexa(which I am wary about all anti depressants) and Ritalin(it does not give me a buzz, because I truly have adhd) I haven't taken either yet because I wanted my body to heal first. All across the internet there are stories like mine. There was a girl who was going to drive 3 hours to get some heroin because she was about to run out of tramadol. It's sad, what these poisons do to us.
In the past I used vicodin to ease acute withdrawal from tramadol. I know thats not wise, vicodin never did anything for me, but make me tired and crabby. Tramadol is synthetic codeine. I have read that people who withdrew from it.said it was similar to withdrawaling from heroin. Why is tramadol withdrawal worse than other opiates? This time around I also weaned down dosage. It made a remarkable difference in how long the acute withdrawal lasts. Staying hydrated does too. I am so happy im working at staying clean. By now I definitely would have been drug seeking. Im going to remain sober:)
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