My doctor doesn't want to refill my Vicodin (post foot surgery in November) I have already backed down from Percocet to the Vicodin ... I asked the nurse to fax in more Vicodin, I'm only taking it twice a day ... morning and evening ... but she said they wouldn't give me more of that and she called in 60 tabs of the Ultram ... will this work? :(
It should. Many people do quite well on Tramadol. It is a step down from Vicodin-not as strong but people do find that it works. It does seem to do best if you do take it around the clock rather than as needed. If you had surgery in November, you should be healing and having less pain and be backing down off the meds. The Dr is doing what is appropriate. Give it a chance. Keep the lines of communication open with your Dr.
Hi Sandra I'll try to answ
er your question because I've been in exactly that situation myself.
I have chronic migraine headaches. At first Imetrex helped and then amitriptyline, fioricet (without codeine) but over time these meds "pooped out" and finally my doctor put me on Vicodin.
It did a great job of suppressing the pain enough to the point where I could function and get things done. The downside of Vicodin is that I became addicted to it and remained so for 2 years. Then he switched me to tramadol, which is generic for Ultram.
The tramadol worked OK as a painkiller but not quite so strong as the Vicodin. Also because I was no longer taking the Vicodin I was going through withdrawals from it while "transitioning" to the tramadol. However because tramadol in itself is a semi opiate (but not nearly as powerful as Vicodin, it worked to ease the Vicodin withdrawal symptoms, particularly the runny nose, leg kicks and insomnia. Also
with tramadol you probably won't feel the high you get with Vicodin. But you'll know you're off the Vicodin, you'll experience some degree of withdrawals.
As far as far as the pain relieving power of tramadol it's not as potent as Vicodin but kinda sorta close. A good way to compare is if you had a pain level of 7, Vicodin knocks it down to 2, tramadol 3 or 4.
Remember, Sandra, everyone is different, tramadol might work great for you. The tramadol worked good for me for a while and then it stopped working so well and now I'm back on Vicodin again and addicted again, too, along with having a pain level low enough to work and get through the day. Hope my answer helps you. At least you'll be more informed.
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