I have recently been prescribed tramadol 200 mg once a day to help withdrawal from Dilaudid 4mg. I am terrified to keep taking this stuff,it sounds worse than street heroin to get off of. I have so far only taken about 5 pills,but right away i started having bad reaction to it.My ears are ringing and i am having dizzy spells. I can not sleep,and I will not take the gabapentin I was prescribed for helping me sleep,as after just on pill of that I knew it was not for me. I felt dizzy started slurring my words,shaking and stumbling, I just am confused.These two drugs,first the 'non addictive tramadol' and the gabapentin that instantly made me feel like well not well,are supposed to replace the 4mg Dilaudid that I have been taking for about three years now.There isn't really a question in there yet,i guess the question would be why go to something so bad to get off something that has been working just fine?
I've taken tramadol for 12 yrs. Alot of the ones who've had bad experience with it have taken way more then is prescribed. Yes it may be addicting, but so is dilaudid, and also, the docs will write for it before they'll write for a stronger narc, because as of yet it's not a controlled substance. I cut my tramadol last week to more then half, because I can no longer get the extended release, I can't afford it, and I've felt nothing but an increase in my pain. This week is again half of what I was taking last week, and still no bad effects. You have to be responsible and take only what is prescribed.
A few reasons as your Dr must have switched you for a reason, and I can't possibly know that reason. I question this as the switch sounds a bit abrupt, no transition time? This is probably why you are feeling the instant ugliness of the new meds. I disagree, addiction to Tramadol is just as much a possibility as anything else, and I believe the new meds need a chance to work, like 7-12 days. If your having this much trouble the Doc should be told. Hope things smooth out. Hope this helps a little.
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