Tramadol is it hard to go to sleep the first time you take it ?
Question posted by lori hopson on 21 April 2013
Last updated on 10 May 2020 by Reeee
I find it extremely hard to sleep on tramadol depending on the dose taken, I took 200mg at 6pm and could not sleep all night despite using valiums to try and counter act it
I was awake all night the 1st. time I took Ultram, then years later I went to a CE, for Pharmacy, & talked to a pharmacist, I use to work with, & he said they came to the E.R., because, it had side effestest, like Prozac did.
I have been on it for 3 days now.
It helps with the neuropathy in my feet and legs.
I also helps for pluracy, pain in the chest from coughing so much.
That is really what he prescribed it for.
I can't sleep for hours after taking this.
Does it get easier over time?
I also take Neurontin for neuropathy.
I have noticed that if I take deep breaths, and concentrate on the top of the inhale, and the bottom of the exhale.
I meditate quite a bit.
I know that breathing deep breaths will relax you.
I have used this breathing technique with the tramadol.
It did not help.
I thought it would make me drowsy.
It hasn't so far.
I had depression of which I was not aware but my sleep was disorderly and once I was prescribed tramadol 50mg. for back pain I slept for 12 hours without interruptions and woke up feeling refreshed. I use Sleep monitoring Gadget EMFIT-QS. Which recorded my physiology and gave me 100% recovery for sleep after first time taking tramadol. to see if the result was not a fluke. I stopped taking tramadol and checked my sleep score & quality... it was poor again. So now I take 50mg of tramadol every other day and monitor my sleep it has proved right every time I sleep after taking a tramadol I recover fully with 100% marks on HRV. As I Study BSc health science, I am going to investigate this further. It is a factual statement based on self experimentations.
I'm currently taking tramadol before bed instead of codein, and i am finding it very difficult to sleep. It's like my head is buzzing, my mind being over active bonus is my pain isn't present during the night.
Yes, absolutely. I had terrible insomnia for days after I first started taking Tramadol, and it happened again after I started it again after a long break. The best solution for me was to take it as far from bedtime as possible - in my case, just after supper. Avoiding caffeine seemed to help, too, as the effect of caffeine seemed to be even worse with Tramadol.
I took Tramadol for years and suffered with sleeplessness for years.
Most nights it would take between 3-6 hours to get to sleep even after a strenuous day. Some nights no sleep at all.
My doctor had no answers and indicated this was a part of aging, (I am 67 now).
On re-reading the advice slip in the packet, I noticed the '1 in a 1000' side effect of sleep disorders on Tramadol.
Desperate, I tried stopping the medication.
It had an immediate effect that same evening.
I I am now sleeping well for the first time in years and no longer lie awake for hours.
In fact I get straight off to sleep - it's amazing!
I feel I have got my life back.
The most suffering I have ever endured was the past decade on Tramadol.
The first time I took it (about 7 years ago), I took a 50mg dose before going to bed, and had insomnia so bad that I didn't use it again for months. Since then, I have usually taken it only during the morning. This doesn't seem to be a typical effect, so it may just be my individual reaction.
Hi, i agree, it is unusual for Tramadol to cause insomnia when first starting it. It is much more common to experience lethargy and generally sleeping more than usual. It is known that Tramadol can cause insomnia when someone has been taking it for a long time & at high doses.
It is not a usual problem. The most typical side effects with taking Tramadol are nausea, vomiting, sweating, itching and constipation sometimes drowsiness. Unless you could not sleep because of one of the listed, it is not typical to not be able to sleep after taking Tramadol.
- Tramadol uses and safety info
- Tramadol prescribing info & package insert (for Health Professionals)
- Side effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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