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User Reviews for Tramadol

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For Pain: "Doesn't work at at all. I went to the emergency room for severe tooth pain cause my dentist isn't open at 2 am. Gave me useless tramadol.. No it doesn't work. !!!! Supposed to block pain receptors - Nope- now I'm in more pain and 30 dollars poorer because of these incompetent people who have faith in this useless drug."

   
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Tooth February 11, 2019

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For Anxiety: "I was given tramadol for migraines. I realized after a couple of days that it completely took my severe panic attacks away. I struggle with depression, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, and ADHD. Not only am I not having any anxiety when taking tramadol, it improved my suicidal tendencies and helped me become more clear, and a more productive person. I am able to face people, leave my comfort zone, complete tasks, and socialize more. This drug is a miracle, and I am so thankful that I found it and that my PCP prescribes it for me. I’m hoping to God he never quits. Due to drug abusers, I’m sure it is difficult to get if your doctor does not believe in the medicine for depression and anxiety. Please conceded using for these reasons and get on board. Tramadol is saving lives."

   
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Tramadol saves lives February 10, 2019

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For Pain: "While getting an entire back tattoo, the artist in Thailand have me some tramadol to reduce the pain. As I had to visit him every day to get the tattoo done, so my dosage increased. After a month straight I was taking 500mg per day. Long story short, it was very hard to stop. This was years ago when the drug first came out and there wasn't any info on the Internet about it other than that the manufacturer said..... It's not addictive. Yeah, right!"

   
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Pocariboy (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 3, 2019

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For Pain: "Over the past few years I have been dealing with back pain, specifically due to spinal arthritis. There had been times when merely trying to get up out of bed was a major ordeal. Various prescriptions were tried for inflammation and pain, but the one medication that seems to be consistently helpful is Tramadol. What's interesting about the Tramadol is that not only is it effective with the pain, but also seems to have somewhat of a stimulating effect (for lack of a better description). I become a bit more lively, able to carry on with a busy day, more functional. As for side effects, constipation is a challenge, but can be managed. Withdrawal does not seem to be as pronounced as some of the descriptions here, most notable effect is tiredness, lack of energy for a couple days if I skip the Tramadol for several days. My best guess is that these reactions vary among individuals, but at least in my case, the benefits definitely outweigh the potential downsides of this medication."

   
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Cho January 29, 2019

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Tramadol Hydrochloride ER (tramadol) for Back Pain: "Hey I’m Ben, a college student. I have severe scoliosis in back and need surgery kinda soon :( My doctor prescribed me Tramadol recently due to chronic back pain. I currently take 50 mg three times a day for moderate the pain. Sometimes more. My pain still exists slightly, but my depression is KILLED by the Tramadol :) I feel energetic & motivated compared to before. I don’t seem to mind the back pain even though it’s still noticeable. Tramadol is the ultimate pain relief combo for me. However, I experienced withdrawal symptoms which included vomiting, restless leg syndrome, tiredness, chills, & profuse sweating. Felt like a fever! Tramadol is great when you’re on it, but really hard when you stop. Only other side effect I hated was SEVERE constipation. No joke, worst of my life. In conclusion, Tramadol helped me a lot for my chronic pain, but surprisingly useful for elevating my mood. Would have highly recommended Tramadol if getting off this drug was easier!"

   
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Ben January 24, 2019

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For Chronic Pain: "In October 2016 I jumped from a 3 story parking garage due to psychiatric issues. I broke my right leg, right arm, and my back. With my leg it was an open bone fracture. After fully recovering and being able to walk again, I still have chronic pain in my leg. It's always there and never goes away. It's a constant reminder that my leg is permanently damaged from the horrible decision to jump off a building. Anyway I'm prescribed 50mg tramadol every 4 hours as needed. If I take it continuously throughout the day, (for example 8am, 12pm, 4pm, 8pm) it works the best! My pain will be around a 5 or 6 on a scale of 1 to 10. It seems if I have a bit of a buildup of tramadol in my system my pain decreases to a 1 or a 0 and actually completely pain free. And that's just from taking the 50mg dose, nothing higher than that. This is excellent for me since other OTC pain relievers like Tylenol and Aspirin do nothing for me. I seriously recommend this drug for chronic pain."

   
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Berlin1295 (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 20, 2019

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For Pain: "Cancer 5 years ago and Chemotherapy cocktail included Vincristine. It permanently damaged the nerves in my extremities and caused me to have Neuropathy ( Diabetics get it ). Pain is 24/7 just varying degrees. Tramadol 50, 1 tab 4 times daily helps but not completely. My wife had a tooth extraction recently and they gave her Norco. I tried one and was zonked out. No such side effects with Tramadol. Not panacea but better than toughing it alone."

Codger (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 19, 2019

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For Pain: "I have Severe digestive disorder Celiac Disease with IBS. Tramadol was a miracle drug for me. My stomach was always inflamed. Food would just go straight through me. Tramadol slowed the digestive tract down. Food then stayed in my system long enough for nutrients to absorb. My eyes regained their spark. I was no longer exhausted. I could work long hours at a time. It also helped irritable bladder, irritable bowel syndrome (removes intestinal burning), panic attacks, + tooth pain. I have used this drug for about 10 yrs. Doctors just added Lyrica + Ropinitole to help with fibromyalgia nerve pain. Tramadol seems to remove pain only from certain areas of the body. I take Excedrin for migraine headaches"

   
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lmcjazz (taken for 10 years or more) January 17, 2019

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For Chronic Pain: "8 years ago I began having lower back pain. Didn't have insurance so toughed it out on OTC meds. Fast forward 3 years, had insurance and started a journey of trying to get a handle on pain relief. I was on Oxycontin, Percocet, Fentanyl patches, then Morphine ER. While they all helped to a degree and allowed me to function, I could always feel the underlying pain. Then I was laid off, lost insurance, and used up savings trying to pay for scripts. Stopped all meds, withdrawal was a dirty dog to deal with and I had to deal with the pain best I could. Moved to a new state, have insurance again, Dr. here has started me on Tramadol HCL 50 mgs 4 times a day. Took my first doses today and was shocked to find that I had nearly complete pain relief, I could function at my job, and I was in a happy mood vs. a pain mood. I have had a better result with Tramadol today than all those other "Hard" drugs. Tomorrow is a new day and hopefully I find that the Tramadol works just like it did today."

   
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KK (taken for less than 1 month) January 16, 2019

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For Pain: "I was prescribed ultram due to its dual mechanism to help with persistent joint pain and nerve pain. It is activating, so night time use can be problematic. Long term use: Dependency is something to consider and you need to taper off it extremely slow, reducing the tablets as necessary. Takes months for some. Missed doses is also an issue, do not miss a dose as you may go through withdrawal symptoms."

   
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Shad (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 15, 2019

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For Chronic Pain: "I have severe pain issues with RA, OA and spinal canal narrowing from the base of my skull to my lumbar region. I've been taking this for 6 years. I am awakened every single night from pain, and I must get up and go take my next dose, wait for the pain to dull enough that I can lay back down. It's exhausting. I was given percoset for kidney stones and actually felt normal for the week I had them, then it was back to the tramadol, 2 tabs, 4 times a day routine with constant exhaustion and pain spikes. Dr won't switch me to something better, the whole addictive speech. Problem is, my condition will never get better, but only worse."

   
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grumpy (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 15, 2019

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Ultram (tramadol) for Chronic Pain: "I was referred to a ‘pain clinic’ for extreme low back/sciatica pain. I have had hydrocodone for years which I have always used sparingly. (Due to Florida restrictions on opioids my family doctor was hesitant to give me a narcotic prescription as in the past.) I was prescribed 50mg (2) every 4 hours. I would rate this medicine as 0 for severe pain. I turned to Extra Strength Aleve which worked better but only slightly diminished my pain. For me Tramadol is useless."

   
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Fav (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 13, 2019

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For Chronic Pain: "My experience after having tried a handful of meds, was that tramadol was my best option. The negative effects were quite apparent for me, and having experience with the other pain meds - I can attest that tramadol is more addictive than hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone. Which makes this drug a hard drug to get off. If I miss or don't take a dose one day, I will feel bad for the entire day. Tramadol for the most part has helped me live a normal life and obtain a measurably quality of life. However there are some notable side effects that also need to be managed and assessed for the long term. For instance, tramadol does "dull" out my emotional state, also it can decrease sexual drive/performance if your guy (so odd since I had no issues like that on other meds), bowel issues (which one will need to manage with which is normal), and there was a period where tramadol was making me sweat A LOT."

   
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mindach January 2, 2019

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For Chronic Pain: "I have sciatica nerve damage my pain is very horrible it only helps a little"

   
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Moochy (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 29, 2018

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For Fibromyalgia: "I have been suffering with fibromyalgia for years. Tramadol was prescribed to me for another short term condition. Since it was short term I had plenty left. One achy day I used tramadol in fear of stomach bleeding by combining ibuprofen and celexa. That’s when I learned tramadol not only relieves the aches and pains of fibromyalgia but also relived the fatigue. Pain relief also seemed to last much longer than ibuprofen. Of course I asked my doctor to prescribe it to me for fibromyalgia and I could tell she was hesitant but went ahead anyway. I had to switch doctors and of course this doctor refused to give it to me so I’m back to laying in bed and missing a lot of work due to the aches and fatigue. For me this medicine was a miracle drug. I’d suggest it to anyone suffering with fibromyalgia."

   
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Nicole (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 20, 2018

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For Chronic Pain: "I have been on several meds for pain, to include hydrocodone, patches ect. I wanted off all of it. I felt like a zombie. I went on the ER version of Tramadol 300mg and it changed my life. I am alert, awake, I can function and my mood has improved. I am off of everything except this medication. Give it a try, if its offered. It really does make a difference."

HMFM (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 11, 2018

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For Depression: "My family has a history of depression. I also have back issues. I took my first dose of 50 mg tramadol tablets. I was so shocked to realize it did little for my back pain but my mood was altered for the better. It helped my depressive issues almost immediately. I was shocked to say the least but also very relieved to fine my spirits lifted without feeling sedated at all. It is amazing."

   
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Wifeofpie (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 9, 2018

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For Fibromyalgia: "I have a complex history of autoimmune problems and fibromyalgia. I had tried multiple different medications including NSAIDs, tricyclics, SSRIs, lyrica, and cymbalta. What worked best for years was low dose oxycontin 5-10mg twice a day. My doctor suggested long-acting tramadol, because she knew I was worried about the anti-oxycontin push by government agencies and misinformed doctors and worried oxycontin would be made illegal ( other schedule II narcotics like fentanyl and methadone made me too tired to function). Tramadol worked even better than oxycontin. Both agents caused constipation, Ultram at 300mg a day caused twice as much ( based on how many senna pills I needs to take). Both agents caused insomnia, tramadol caused more ( I needed 5mg ambien to sleep with low dose oxycontin but I need 10 mg with tramadol 300mg long acting). Now I am told there is a manufacturer shortage of tramadol and hope I will not have to go back to oxycontin."

   
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Toomanypills December 1, 2018

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For Pain: "Tramadol does very little or nothing for pain. I don’t believe they have any clue about this drug other than the fact that addicts don’t like it much so it doesn’t cause the providers issues. No help just side effects. Causes sweating, nightmares, and other awful side effects and is very habit forming/addictive unless weaned off. Don’t get on it ever and if you do be sure to taper off under the supervision of a doctor who has the decency to admit that the only effective pain meds are the opioids at this time. Which I have taken dozens of times in my life as prescribed without issue."

   
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HurtinforCertain (taken for 1 to 2 years) November 30, 2018

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Ultram ODT (tramadol) for Chronic Pain: "I have prostatitis and this is very good for the pain. I take 50mg every other day, I would like more but my doc is very reluctant. I would like it every day so may need a new doctor."

   
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Pizztank (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 30, 2018

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For Pain: "So, I have an entire lumbar spinal fusion due to a trauma, I spent many years on oxycontin and oxycodone, I've also tried hydrocodone, fentanyl patches, etc.. Tramadol 50 mg. tabs at 2 pills 3 times a day; does better for my pain than the 80 to 100 mg of oxy or any other "hard narcotic." Tramadol actually takes my pain down to a tolerable level and allows me to function. I have a career in the medical field "emergency O.R" and many know how testing that can be on the back, hunched over that bed for hours!! Tramadol gave me my life back! Now, I do get kind of itchy from it, from time to time, especially if I've taken the med too close together, or if I hadn't eaten first. Other than that its great."

   
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DeeDee (taken for 5 to 10 years) November 28, 2018

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For Depression: "I have been on Suboxone for 2 1/2yrs. I've always had issues with Depression/Anxiety. However, the Suboxone has made my Depression/Anxiety 1000x worse and I have been put on different kinds of SSRI/SNRI medications, nothing has worked. I did some research on Suboxone combined with Tramadol and let me tell you, I was my bubbly self again. I felt amazing for the first time in a long time. The opiate side of Tramadol gets blocked by Suboxone so its Tramadol's anti-depressant component that is working its magic on me. The DR will not prescribe this to me since I am on addiction treatment, he won't even prescribe me an anti-depressant that matches Tramadols. I have made my situation even worse now since I got to experience Tramadol's anti-depressant magic knowing I cant get that medication prescribed. Imagine every waking day in mental misery and someone hands you something that makes it all go away but to be told you will never get it."

   
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Pix3L (taken for less than 1 month) November 18, 2018

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For Back Pain: "Rx beginning 150mg/day up’d to 400/day. Worked somewhat but not as well as narcotic pain relievers ie norco or oxycodone. Used them for 6mo. The real pain was getting off of Tramodol. I read very little of the nightmare of stopping this med. I would rather go thru hydrocodone withdrawals 10x over to the withdrawal off of tramadol. Norco withdrawal took around 5-7-10 days. Had been thru that many times over 11 years. Tramadol took months to physically get over. Not mental, physical dependence. They should come with with a heroine type caveat. Don’t try to “ween” from narcotic pain pills to tramadol. Only kidding yourself and the withdrawals are so much worse."

   
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spaceace (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 9, 2018

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For Depression: "I LOVE Tramadol. I'm a stay at home mom and I'm over weight, big chest, and my back hurts all the time. Chasing toddlers around and doing house work can be aggravating at times. I've found tramadol to help with quite a few things. Mood, Motivation, pain, depression. I no longer take valium and effexor for my anxiety and depression because tramadol helps everything in my case! It's a wonder pill for me. I usually take 50mg when I get up, 1 later on in the day, then 1 at night. Sometimes I might take 2 in the morning and then 1 later that evening. But regardless tramadol makes me feel normal and able to do my everyday duties without being in a slump. Shame it's a narcotic now bc doctors are hesitant to prescribe and you don't get refills so u have to go every month to your doctor to get it. Hope this helps someone in pain and or depression as I've found it to be of help in both areas!!!"

   
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Julz77 (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 29, 2018

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For Chronic Pain: "I was rx'd 50 mg 3x per day. I didn't notice any pain relief what so ever. I felt that taking 4,000 mg of acetaminophen per day helped more but not enough to function."

   
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Sarah (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 29, 2018

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