... I have been taking tramadol 50 mg. for my back pain for several years. I have to take some every day. Sometimes I only need 4-5 pills a day and other times when it's worse I need 8-9 pills a day. Would the extended release tabs in a higher dose (200 mg.) be just as effective as 4 regular 50 mg. tabs at once? The regular tabs work well when I take 3-4 at a time, I just hate taking so many pills at once -- but it does control the pain. Would an extended release form be as effective at quickly relieving my pain as the 50 mg. are or would the "extended release" part of it slow down the medication getting into my system thereby making it not work as well? Sorry, I hope my question makes sense. Just wondering if I should bring up the idea of switching to my Doc at my next appt. Any opinions would be appreciated!
When you have chronic pain, the extended release works better. You take it daily and it prevents pain. I was on extended release for some time with the other tramadol for break thru pain. I didn't need to take alot for break thru. I had better pain control with the extended release. I had to stop it when I could no longer afford it.
Hi, i agree with Kaismama, extended release, taken REGULARLY will manage chronic pain well. The 50mg immediate release will work quickly to relieve 'break through' pain, but if you need pain relief long term, i would personally recommend the extended release version. I have been taking 200mgXR until recently, twice a day. It is easier to remember to take one capsule in the morning, & one in the evening, it is easy to get in to a routine : ) Taking 4 x 50mg immediate release at once isn't a good idea. I'm not lecturing you! Just looking out for you, D
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