... tell me how to overcome the physiological part of getting off of tramadol ,,, i am very dependent on this medicine... need to know how i can safely get off without having further complications to hurt the baby more... i am only bout two months... thanks... ps i dont do drugs..my doc has me on them for fibromalcia... i just learned i am pregnant... and i don't want to hurt the baby... my doctor says that taking tramadol will not hurt the baby... well it might not hurt the baby... but i wouldn't want to put my baby through withdrawals... i would rather go through the withdrawals now then put my baby through it... is there any thing i can do to make myself comfortable with less pain... when i go through withdrawals... that is my weakest point... i am going to be strong for the baby... anyone please help.;...
All you need is the will power & courage to get off Tramadol, its perhaps easier said than done, but withdrawing from addiction or near addiction can be achieved, if not for yourself, please do it for your unborn, just taper it down with the help of you doc., at the end of the day it would be good for you & your baby too.
The FDA uses a system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but that do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Also, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
When given to pregnant mice, rats, and rabbits, tramadol caused the following problems: Decreased fetal weight; Skeletal problems, such as extra ribs; Delayed development in the offspring; Miscarriages (but only at doses high enough to be toxic to the pregnant animals themselves).
Tramadol has been studied as a medication used to control labor pain, compared to morphine or meperidine. Some studies showed that tramadol was safer for the babies (less likely to cause breathing problems), but other studies showed no differences between the medications. Tramadol is not approved for this use.
This medication crosses the placenta in humans. There have been reports of problems possibly due to tramadol use during pregnancy in humans, including miscarriages and stillbirths. Also, chronic use of the drug during pregnancy can result in tramadol withdrawal in the newborn, including symptoms such as: Trembling; Rapid breathing; A rapid heart rate; Seizures; Overactive muscle contractions.
Please take care, best wishes to you, good luck!
Rajive gave you a great answer!
The pysiological part of withdrawal from Tramadol is difficult. Trams have a unique quality, they act like an SNRI antidepressant. Normally, with a non-pregnant person, I would tell them to ask doc for an an SNRI to help get off of trams, but you do not have that luxury as you are pregnant. Congratulations by the way!!
Doc's don't seem to understand the addictive qualities of trams. I've been a member here for over a year and a half, and we have had so very many people asking how to get off this medication, IT IS ADDICTIVE, as you found out!!
Do a taper, with your doc, just like Rajive said. I agree with you, you don't want your wee one going through withdrawal after being born into this world.
Tapering will not be super easy, but it's better than a cold turkey withdrawal, do NOT do that, as it is a recipe for failure. Ask your doc for a fast taper schedule, and think of your baby everytime you go down in miligrams.
Best wishes to you and your wee one!!
Hi dizzi I'm really interested in your story I am going through exactly the same situation, I found out I am 6 weeks pregnant, I've been taking 400mg-500mg daily, my doctor has advised I wean 50mg off a week, I was just wondering if your weaning program worked and also was your birth and baby all fine xxx
Hi, i have only just come across this question, dizzie, how are you doing now? To put your mind at rest, a friend of mine was taking Tramadol in early pregnancy (before she found out she was carrying) and her & the baby are just fine. A tapering plan as everyone has suggested is the best way to go, and Jane's advice about dropping 50mg a week is a good plan! I just wondered if you and your baby are doing well? Best wishes : )
Hi,I know this is an older post and was wondering about your outcome.I suffer from crohns disease and pelvic floor dysfunction (rectal) causing chronic pain.I have been taking 6 tramadol/day for 3 years.I'm 8 weeks pregnant & scared..my Ob doc has warned me but is filling it for me..and my quality of life due to pain is very low even WITH the tramadol..still; I continue to take it.is hydrocodone really safer? She gave me folic acid to protect the baby from these drugs.I'm 36 and so is my husband.I have a 5 year old boy who's healthy despite my use of prednisonr throughout my last pregnancy & 4th degree tearing..which makes me high risk in this one.I've never shared this information before.it feels good to read & learn from others. But feel constant guilt about taking it.feedback would be so helpful. Thanks & god bless all your babies
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