I think the days of doctors prescribing happy feel good analgesics are over.
Tramadol is a non-narcotic pain killer. It is not indicated for the treatment of depression, can be habituating, and can also cause severe side effects.
It may be prescribed in some cases but it is an off-label use and the drug has not been tested or approved for efficacy.
Tramadol is a pain pill.
It is being used in Treatment Resistant Depression as it works very similar to Effexor as a SNRI. I have been taking it for depression and motivation for 7 years now. Not much for the pain, but within 30 minutes, I can deal with issues and become interested in things
I have wondered the same thing myself. I used to take Tramadol for pain after I injured my back three years ago. I got scared because I couldn't seem to stop taking them and I began ordering them from overseas online. I weaned myself off several times, but after about a month each time, I found myself taking a half a 50 mg pill, which became a daily thing. I realized that it had nothing to do with pain, but was stabilizing my mood significantly. I have always suffered from low-grade depression and have been on Prozac and Zoloft in the past. The Tramadol seemed to suit me, because I do still have chronic pain, and I also have the depression, so taking just 25 mg. once a day seems to really improve my life significantly. However, I don't want to be on them forever and ever, so I am once again, stopping even the very small dose I've been taking. And the depression is excruciating.
Of course, I'm also coming off three years of synthetic estrogen as well, so it's hard to say what's causing what I'm going through. All I know is that I'm back in pain again and back to being pretty depressed. But I'm determined not to be on meds, so hoping my brain will rebalance and that will be that. I'd rather live slightly miserable, I think, than be dependent on drugs.
I've used tramadol in the past for this very purpose, I found taking just the one 50mg tablet in a morning would give me what I believe is the normal get up and go / positively and energy that a normal person has, I did this for several years and only stopped because I was unable to obtain them any more. I found that having more than one did not gain extra benefit. I've tried several types of ssri in the past and they did not work and gave bad side effects. One tramadol works perfect for me as an antidepressant.
I would like to be prescribed them, I've not asked my gp as I think it would be pointless, could I ask a private doctor? Who and where are they?
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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