I was told to take 2 a day as needed for my back pain... it doesn't even dull the pain at all...
Tramadol is a great pain pill in certain patients. Some patients do not feel the effect. Try to avoid straining your back while on tramadol as it is not the most potent drug on the market. If after a week the tramadol isn't working (and you are taking it properly) talk to your doctor. They might be able to change you to a hydrocodone product.
If you wish, you can call the pharmacy you get your prescriptions from and see if they have any interactions with your current medications that would affect potency.
I was on tramadol for more then 10 yrs. I found that taking it after I had the pain was useless. I needed to keep it in my system. And I needed more then 50 mg twice a day. I was on 100 mg 4 times a day. At one time I was on the extended release version and that worked so much better.
I checked this thread and didn't see my comment to you on it, so I'm repeating my response, in case you missed it. Any severe back pain that doesn't respond to the usual rest/ice/temporary pain medication needs to be checked out with an MRI. You might want to ask your doctor about that if the pain hasn't subsided within 3 months.
Best of luck.
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