... else taking Tramadol for this problem? my dosage is 400mg every day. and seems to kill the pain. Im just a tad worried about this drug as i have been on it for a year now. But i have been reading that its easy to become addicted to it, i also take fluoxetine for depression
I doubt if there is anything in the way of the painkillers that are not addictive. I was addicted to Tramadol for 8 years. It is effective for pain management. You are probably addicted already, so you have to ask yourself is the game worth the candle? If without a painkiller your pain is not bearable, then you will probably be on a painkiller for the rest of your life. I am a nurse, so I make no judgements there. That is just the way it works out sometimes. For myself, I decided to live with the pain and went through the cold turkey process. It is very difficult. It is rumored that Tramadol also has a mild anti-depressive effect as well. Peripheral neuropathies are some of the most intense pain we know. I wish you well
NEVER quit Tramadol cold turkey, it can cause seizures and other serious withdrawal symptoms. Here is a quote from the patient information sheet on this site. "Do not stop using tramadol suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication." I was up to 400mg at one time for a few years and just recently went off, slowly, to try Cymbalta/Mirapex. Yes, it's hard to get right off, from 100mg to nothing. I found cutting down wasn't that bad but cutting it right our was harder for sure. Here's a link to Tramadol and the interaction with the Fluoxetine you're taking: https://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=1115-0,2221-0
I was worried about addiction as well, my doctor explained to me there's a big difference with types of addiction, whether you're "craving" it or your body needs it for the pain. I never craved it so that sent my mind at rest. Yes, your body will be "addicted" in a way that it's been in your blood steady for a year now. If you want to get off it and perhaps try something else talk to you doctor and see the easiest way. Perhaps if it's working for you just continue, when you have good days cut back, bad days up your dose if needed, I did this all the time to try and take the lowest dose I could. When I had to stop taking it I'd go down 100mg/week, longer if needed, you will know. I was on it a lot longer than you and I'm off it now, not that I had any worries about addiction, just needed something different after being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Take care!
I am a retired dentist with neuropathy on both feet as well. Tramadol is THE most effective medication I have found. Recent attempts to vilify the medication are mostly based on anecdotal stories, and have very little to do with science. Also, the DEA is a notoriously big brother type institution. That is how they keep their funding going. I, personally find I can get along with 300 mg/day, but if I ever get cut off due to the current mainstream attempts to not help people with chronic pain, I would not hesitate to get my blue card (that's what they call it on Hawaii), since the AMA has found marijuana to be equally as effective in treating neuropathic pain. As an ex-member, I say screw the establishment. We deserve the right to determine our own quality of life.
I too have periphial neuropathy, feet, legs hands..it is hell that is all i can say. Neurologists say Tramadol works better than other pain meds as the neurapathy researchers have found that it affects the brain seratonin or receptors for the nerve pain more so than other pain meds, combined with Neurontin (800 mg 3 times a day) i would so much easier be pain free with 3 percocet a day than 400 mg tramadol and Neurontin. I will have to try the fluoxetine, i had to stop the zoloft, but now..everything is so sad to me and the neuropathy is worsening..as long as we can keep the pain out of our digits/feet, our blood circulation will flow better thus avoiding the dread of amputation.. lets talk, i would like to find out if there is a periphial neurapathy online group or something. oh and by the way, i dont give a hoot if hooked on pain med or not, if my neuropathy will only get worse for the rest of my life, what is addiction compared to searing pain?
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
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