I seem to like the Darvocets better although I feel I need to take more pill for pill than the tramadol to get the pain relief for my Cronic back pain
You seem to have answered your own question. They are very different drugs, and considering how different we all are, the one that works best for you is the stronger one. I hope you know both are addictive. Al, too often docs tell us Tramadol is not addictive. But it is, I have known may people who were hopelessly hooked on it.
But I thought Darvocet was taken off the market. I thought they weren't even available anymore? Or maybe you aren't in the USA? I'm curious. I always liked Darvocet too.
Tramadol is a very very strange little drug for many many reasons. One of the many oddities of Tramadol is that it turns out that it as well as Codeine are metabolized and changed into a form that then works as a pain killing Opioid. Strangely enough, the specific process of metabolizing the drug varies in different people. Some people are very good at metabolizing Tramadol and Codeine, and others are totally unable to, giving absolutely no pain killing properties. So really, Tramadol is too strange of a drug to say how effective it truly is.
Regarding Darvocet, I could have sworn that it was taken off the market due to hart arrhythmia, a risk not worth the benefit. If you really need something to knock out the chronic pain for good, you might want to do a bit of research on Methadone as a pain killer (like Davocet it causes arrhythmia, so you would have to get an ekg to make sure that your heart wont just stop on the stuff). It really is a great drug and a terrible medication at the same time. For me, it's the only thing that has really worked, however now if I ever want to get off of this stuff... I know that it would be an extremely difficult accomplishment, something that I don't even want to think about.
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