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Tramadol - what drug class?

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DemoninDC 4 Mar 2012

Tramadol is not currently controlled under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Arkansas and Kentucky have designated tramadol as a schedule IV drug under state law. Louisiana passed legislation that identifies tramadol as a drug of abuse; demonstrating potential for abuse. It is classified as a central nervous system drug. I hope this answers your question.

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Nstrasser 23 Mar 2014

Helpful and relieves my concern regarding the strict guidelines pharmacists are following in spite of doctor prescriptions and intervention. Pharmacists won't even order some Class II drugs. I am concerned regarding comments about how easily it is to become addicted to Tramadol. Do you have any other information about this?

Inactive 4 Mar 2012

Tramadol is a narcotic-like pain reliever, it belongs to the drug class of miscellaneous analgesics - https://www.drugs.com/drug-class/miscellaneous-analgesics.html

Take care,

maso.-

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Inactive 4 Mar 2012

Agreed with the statment, but it is when mixed with your body chemicals becomes an opiad, & is very addictive & possess SNRI qualities too. Tread very lightley if thinking of using this drug... Mary
https://www.drugs.com/monograph/tramadol-hydrochloride.html

Michjohn1 11 Jan 2017

I had a very bad experience with this drug.
First time taking I became very dizzy and it last for about 7 hours. It was giving to me for pain while in the hospital. 2 days later I had a mini stroke.

dsac6060 7 Mar 2012

Do not take this drug. very addictive I would know from experience

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Inactive 7 Mar 2012

I wonder if the "addictive quality" referred to is more about the relief from pain and wanting it to continue rather than the drug itself? just wondering? any other thoughts on this?

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Delila 8 Mar 2012

Hi, a valid thought. I can't answer for other's, but i take Tramadol because of how it makes me feel with regard to my mood. I was prescribed it initially for a back injury, but i continue to take it even though i'm pain free most days now.

Inactive 8 Mar 2012

Hi MsSophia, I must agree with Delila. Most people start this med for pain, but it is an SNRI, serotonin, norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor qualities make it very very hard to stop. I've seen too many posts from people trying to get off this medication, and most go through opiate withdrawals and end up quite depressed after cessation.
That's just my opinion of course,
Best wishes
sweet lemon

Inactive 8 Mar 2012

I can't swear to this fact but I am almost sure that anti-depressants do not work on people that do not have depression. So if someone takes them and feel better, mood wise etc. then it makes sense that if they go off it they will revert back to depressed mood. I guess I am saying that tramadol would be addictive psychologically if you need the anti-depressant, but most people that take anti-depressants stay on it for their lives so addiction is not an issue. If taken only for pain and anti-depressant is not needed then withrawals could be an issue as many have spoken of. Either they need an anti-depressant even if they though they started tramadol for pain alone. That make sense?

Delila 9 Mar 2012

I'm trying to follow your comment, i think i understand what you are saying. I don't know if this will be interesting, but myself and a close friend are both 'addicted' to Tramadol, i have long term depression and take medication for it, but my friend doesn't suffer from depression, never has. And we both have very similar symptoms when trying to stop taking the Tramadol.

Inactive 9 Mar 2012

hmmmmmmmmmmmm you make a great point. Could it be then that the withdrawals from tramadol are from the analgesic properties? I am trying to figure this out too. Maybe SNRI's don't make people with out depression feel better but a drop in seratonin and norepinephrine has affects when going off?

Delila 10 Mar 2012

Yes it could be? I also think i should say, that i started the med's as prescribed by my doctor for a back injury, but my friend started taking it purely for recreational reasons(!). Don't know if this makes a difference as well??

Inactive 10 Mar 2012

Tramadol is touted to doctors as a non addictive pain med, but when it becomes inmeshed with your body's chemicals becomes opiad like in nature. Antidepressants are prescribed all the time for fibromyalgia pain. Usually to help the person at bedtime to get into a REM sleep. This in turns lets the brain release the natural endorphins to help with the pain issue. If you go to the Drugs A thru Z & look up Savella, it was made for the intention of helping fibromyalgia patients deal with pain better, & so is cymbalta, but they are antidepressants too. A person with no REM sleep, can have horrendous pain problems. It takes a while for these meds to take effect also. Because the pain is so bad at times, a person can get a wee bit depressed also, so the meds kill two birds with one stone. The probem with Tramodol, is it can cause seizures if someone taking it decides to suddenly stop without a taper plan in place.

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Not to say everyone will, but if you go the the forum part of the site you will see how many people hate tramadol for ruining their lives. It's a bad, bad drug. Sorry D, my friend. I know it's not that way for eveyone as each is an individual, & reacts differently to differnet meds. That's the reason it has taken so long, & is taking taking time to find the right mix for fibromyalgia pain. It's a very complicated disease, & can take several meds before the right mix is found to help. This is also true for depression & bipolar disease... Mary

Inactive 10 Mar 2012

Tramadol is touted to doctors as a non addictive pain med, but when it becomes inmeshed with your body's chemicals becomes opiad like in nature. Antidepressants are prescribed all the time for fibromyalgia pain. Usually to help the person at bedtime to get into a REM sleep. This in turns lets the brain release the natural endorphins to help with the pain issue. If you go to the Drugs A thru Z & look up Savella, it was made for the intention of helping fibromyalgia patients deal with pain better, & so is cymbalta, but they are antidepressants too. A person with no REM sleep, can have horrendous pain problems. It takes a while for these meds to take effect also. Because the pain is so bad at times, a person can get a wee bit depressed also, so the meds kill two birds with one stone. The probem with Tramodol, is it can cause seizures if someone taking it decides to suddenly stop without a taper plan in place.

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Not to say everyone will, but if you go the the forum part of the site you will see how many people hate tramadol for ruining their lives. It's a bad, bad drug. Sorry D, my friend. I know it's not that way for eveyone as each is an individual, & reacts differently to differnet meds. That's the reason it has taken so long, & is taking taking time to find the right mix for fibromyalgia pain. It's a very complicated disease, & can take several meds before the right mix is found to help. This is also true for depression & bipolar disease... Mary

Inactive 10 Mar 2012

Oops! Sorry about the double post! It asked me twice to send... Mary

dafney12 7 Mar 2013

Actualy Delila, you ARE addicted and when your doctor finally takes you off tramadol you will experience the same withdrawal symptoms as OXY. I know this because my husband was addicted to OXY & went through terrible withdrawal, then some other stupid doctor gave him Tramadol & he abused that for 2 months until he got caught. Then he had same withdrawal symptoms as OXY, just not as severe.

CatfishPayne 30 Sep 2014

This is the only drug I can take that relieves my back pain I got off of them for awhile and my back hurt all TE time started taking them again and had relief from back pain I have had 2 sugeries on my back where the had cut me

harleyquin 31 Jul 2017

https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/fed_regs/rules/2014/fr0702.htm
The DEA reclassified Tramadol as an opiod in 2014, and it is under the "Controlled Substances Class IV now. It does act as an opiod when it interacts in your body chemicals, though it is not manufactured as an opiod. Abuse and deaths from it caused the reclassification.

Mwaniki666 12 Sep 2020

Tramadol is in class of Non steroids anti-inflammatory drug

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masso 12 Sep 2020

You are incorrect, Tramadol belongs to the drug class narcotic analgesics.

https://www.drugs.com/tramadol.html

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