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.
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.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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