... will they last?
Are you taking extended release pills? They are the only ones that come in 150 mg dose. They are taken every 24 hrs not every 4. The max dose of tramadol is 8 a day as has been said before. That is only 400 mg a day. Please clairify your question. If you mean you are given 150 tablets, that will last 18.75 days. You can't take more than 8 a day.
Hello, it is basically a synthetic hydrocodone although it may work, it can be addictive as the other. If you take it for a while and at every four hours. That could be a higher dose for arthritis than I would want. This is just a narcotic pain med and should be used only in my opinion on as needed basis for arthritis unless you have it very bad all through your body. Then I would rather take the non synthetic version of Norco or Lortab a four a day instead with some antin-flamatory med along with heat rubs. Hot baths, picking the right anti-inflammatory foods, etc. Internet is your friend. You did not give your age, but I am 50, a member of AARP and they have had several different articles on it being dangerous for older Americans. There are certain coutryies that have banned it from an article I have read. It's better than nothing.
But research it and then talk to your doctor. There has been reports where others have said it was like a placebo, but I don't remember what they took before.
Good luck and remember, we pay our doctors for a service just like anything else. They have to listen to us and be willing to try other meds.
There is a max of 400mg per day so check the pill dosage (unless instructed by a doc). Assuming you take 1 pill every 4 hours 24 hours a day, mathematically you'll take 6 per day, so your 150 pills will last for 25 days.
If you are going to be on it long term I would suggest asking for the extended release pill as that seems to provide a more stable dosage.
I take 100mg extended release 2x a day and have 50mg pills that I take as needed not to exceed a total of 400mg (or not to exceed 4 extra pills).
Personally I find the 50mg pills to not be enough when I am in pain so I usually take 2 (for a total of 100mg) for my extra dose.
As always with pain medication the goal is to get ahead of the pain not chase it! If you wait until you are already in lots of pain before taking the pills they will be less effective/require a larger dose than if you had taken them earlier when you just started to be in pain or before the pain came back. If you've had surgery or some reason to expect regular pain (arthritis/fibromyalgia/etc) I would suggest getting on a scheduled dosage and taking it every 4 hours (or 6 or whatever works best for you) for a few days.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
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