User Reviews for Tramadol to treat Anxiety
Also known as: Ultram, Tramadol Hydrochloride ER, ConZip Qdolo
Tramadol has an average rating of 9.3 out of 10 from a total of 99 ratings for the treatment of Anxiety. 92% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 2% reported a negative experience.
“For years I've been told I’m depressed & anxious but it’s more than that. As a child I suffered extreme emotional abuse but have never received any help apart from a brief period of an anti-psychotic. For at least 5 years I’ve been trying to get heard/listened to/help but nothing. I want to commit suicide every day but can’t as I have children & won't leave them with that legacy. I’m completely shut down & withdrawn & if I knew where to get hold of it would have taken heroin to just disappear for a while. It then occurred to me that tramadol is an opiate that I’ve got for back injury & 4 days ago decided to try it for my head. I can’t explain the difference I’m able to achieve things not big things but things not possible before, I’m able to watch a film & all I can think is that this is how most people feel. It’s a glorious feeling of freedom.”
“Like so many others, I discovered the anti-anxiety and anti-OCD effects of Tramadol. Tramadol was originally prescribed after I moved from opium derived drugs to Tramadol, I noticed a much calmer sense of myself and attitude. I have suffered from anxiety and obsessive-compulsive behaviors for three decades. I take 50 mg in the morning. I have been doing this now for 21 months and my level of agitation is significantly diminished. I don't drink now nor engage in other self-destructive and obsessive behaviors. On occasion, I will take a second 50 mg late afternoon if I have a stressful or intense meeting or work engagement upcoming. I long ago stopped getting any pain relief from this drug. I have to argue with my primary physician for refills. I test the effects by stopping the drug for 1-3 weeks every 5-6 months. Eventually, the anxiety returns and it becomes as real as the past. I have never suffered any withdrawals coming off of 50-100 mg daily dose.”
“Omg!! Wow! I started taking Tramadol for pain for my autoimmune condition and RA and I kept noticing that my pain was at a minimum. I USUALLY have a SEVERE case of anxiety and fatigue and probably a little depressed too. Welp, I started asking my family..."WHY DO I FEEL SO GOOD?" It is definitely a HUGE change for me but I couldn't figure out "Why". Finally,I narrowed it down to Tramadol by not taking it for a day. I went right back to my feeling horrible self...so I took it the next day...and HOLY CRAP! My anxiety is low, I feel GOOD and I am sold! I will now gladly take this instead of suffering so badly. So thankful I realized this side effect. It has helped me so much!”
“Tramadol helped me tremendously to feel more present and thus less anxious. It is a good idea to expose people to tramadol in low to moderate dosage. Psychiatrists are under pressure to exclude it and are backed by "research" funded by pharma companies that recommend "their" drugs. Where is the money, you ask? Nobody wants to hear about how tramadol helped your depression and or anxiety. Pharma doesn't send your psychiatrist to Maui to prescribe tramadol for your depression. It is sad that such a powerful medication, not less habitual or addictive than the other stuff, is labeled as addictive, habit forming and plain dangerous. Those who know tramadol (up to 100 mg a day, or just 50mg) will attest to its life changing qualities. Much less anxiety and much better spirits.”
“Been on tramadol many years, The VA passed them out like candy, they put me on it for back pain, I noticed right away it gave me energy and keep me alert - it has never done anything for my pain. I still take it 15 years later every day, I still take it for energy and a little more go. I’ve spoken with many people that use it daily for the same reasons I do. Thank you for taking my comments . Bubba”
“I'm 20 and have a combination of anxiety, mild depression, and TMJ pain. For anxiety I tried Zoloft, Xanax, Klonopin, etc. Zoloft did nothing, and while the others worked, I couldn't use them long term. Tramadol is the miracle, road-runner medication. It covers all of my conditions and covers them great. It eases my jaw pain for 4-5 hrs and my mood/anxiety is pretty much nonexistant. I also have 0 side effects and don't find it addictive. Tramadol gave me my life back and will continue to! 10 star medication!”
“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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“Again another med that has been deemed bad, at a very hard time in my life after loosing the love of my life. I tried a lot of medicines and one tramadol a day works better than anything for both the depression and anxiety that has followed from my circumstance. No side effects”
“Hi all. I used tramadol for pain from Ankoylosing Spondylitis. But I also suffered depression. Once I started taking this medication for pain, over the months I noticed my depression was going. I was happier my life was beginning. I have more confidence out going again. And I know don't over think. I had been given antidepressants in past. Nothing worked. But my pain medication does the job well. Have other people found this aswell????”
“I previously rated Tramadol for depression (miracle) and now it time to rave about anxiety relief. I strongly believe psychiatrists are not paid to prescribe tramadol. They will tell you how addictive it is all while prescribing you psych meds with tenfold side effects. I find the mechanism of how Tramadol works fascinating. I see no reason to shy away from 50mg daily. I find most people here forgetting to state how much they're taking. Tramadol is a game changer. It may not work for some people based on their liver enzymes (connected to ancestry and hereditary). But hey you won't know till late you tried. A miracle medication with low addiction potential if you keep it on low dose (50mg daily in my case).”
“Its hard to believe something like this can exist yet when you go to a doctor with cut up arms & hearing voices, scared out of your mind, obsessed about an idea as irrational as the empty tight feeling in your chest they give you a box of antidepressants. I have always been socially awkward & use to cry allot as a kid, the day dreamer who enjoyed being alone except I didn't like being alone. Tramadol gives me around 6 hours of bliss, 6 hours of clear thoughts of what is in-front of me, its amazing. a cure to unhappiness, its a shame its difficult to get, I have been on it for a year and a half, 1 50mg pill every 3 days gives me the motivation to wake up. ”
“I suffer chronic anxiety, negative thoughts and daily panic attacks. Have taken Xanax, Klonopin, Valium and Ativan. I can't believe it but Tramadol actually works better for anxiety than all these benzos put together. I haven't taken my daily 4mg of klonopin but am feeling fantastic and very chilled on Tramadol. They should approve this stuff for both Anxiety and Depression, it's incredible.”
“The fact of the matter is this Tramadol is a wonder drug these so called drugs that are supposed to help you with your mental health are not cutting it. I'm a ex heroin addict in recovery and had a back surgery been on all kind of drugs for my mental health. Work with my psychiatrist on my head and have not found anything that helps like this. I'm aware that I could get a habit on this but so far so good if you are a open book with everyone around you and keep it real this a very beneficial drug This drug should be giving to help people in many ways . Thank you”
“I was prescribed Tramadol 50 mg for headaches and TMJ pain. However, the biggest difference this medication has made for me is the way it has helped my anxiety and depression. It is truly amazing, and a blessing. I have severe social anxiety but I find now that I can talk to people and actually want to socialize. No other med has really ever helped me. I truly wish that doctors understood how this medication helps those of us with long-standing anxiety and depression, it's a miracle.”
“I've suffered from depression spells, and mood disorders, but have had CHRONIC anxiety/panic attacks my whole life. I've taken a benzodiazepine for countless years, which worked well for some of these things but not all. Over the years I tried many different supplement meds typically prescribed for these issues, but none worked or they had horrible side effects on me. So my doctor suggested Tramadol--I asked how this could even work (a pain medicine)? He explained its an off-label use of the medication but has found it very successful in other similar psychiatric patients and how he researched and explained how it chemically works in the brain (which I didn't really understand)...but IT WORKS AMAZINGLY! I finally live a NORMAL and HAPPY life!”
“After taking so many antidepressant like sertralin, Lexapro with huge side effects and ayurvedic products with little effects, yoga, meditation and everything possible to treat my GAD, I tried tramazac (tramadol HCl) based on reviews of people here. I took first dose of 50 mg. After 2 hours this medicines did miracle. It took away my anxiety, sad mood and I felt so happy. I took at 8 pm evening and its effects lasting next morning. I did not expect such positive results in just hours. I will continue this. However I have read that this is habit forming so I will take care not taking it daily. But antidepressants are also habit forming ,their withdrawal is also not very easy. But this medicine is too much effective with no side effects. I thank all the people here. I will continue to share my experience further.”
“This drug tamadol has completely changed my life. I also take 20mg of lexapro. My anxiety has been so high in my recent years and depression hits hard. I was prescribed tramadol 3 times a day and for this past year my anxiety went from a 10 to a 1 or 2. I'm more active and it has saved my marriage. I recommend this drug to anyone with depression/anxiety and drop the other psych meds.”
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“Tramadol isn't too good for pain (although that's what it's indicated for), instead I find it to be a decent anxiolytic & anti-depressant. To fully appreciate tramadol though you need to understand the medicine. The first 3 hours gives a 'mental lift', cheerful and fear-free, then, after that, tramadol's opioid metabolite takes over - rendering one very calm and (often) sleepy. It's at this 3-4 hour 'second stage' where you can sleep quite good on tramadol. But again, to summarize, you need to take tramadol for a couple days straight in order to fully appreciate the way it behaves. An acquired taste.”
“To cut a long story short, NOTHING ELSE HAS EVER WORKED AS QUICK AND AS EFFECTIVE AS THIS MEDICATION FOR ME PERSONALLY FOR SEVERE DEPRESSION AND OR LACK OF BRAIN ENERGY. I've tried at least 5 of the mainstream top draw Antidepressants. I hope and pray my GP doesn't take me off the 100 mgs a day for fear of addiction. When is the medical and pharmaceutical community going to wake up to the amazing healing power of tramadol...”
“I started taking tramadol after my gastroenterologist told me that I needed to immediately stop taking ibuprofen. I had developed a pre-ulcer condition due to all the ibuprofen I had been taking for headaches that I got pretty often. So I began to take tramadol instead for headaches and for arthritis pain. After about a week of taking tramadol 50mg, I realized that I was feeling happier than I had felt in a very long time. I had been under the care of a psychiatrist for years due to anxiety and depression and had been on so many anti-depressants that I lost count. None of them worked for me. So when I realized how good I was feeling, I researched tramadol for depression and voila! I found out that it was actually helping many people.”
“I have suffered with anxiety for as long as I can remember, I have tried quite a lot of anti anxiety medications. Those medications did help with the anxiety but left me feeling a bit foggy. I was prescribed tramadol for pain relief, as a pain reliever it was okay. What I did notice was my anxiety was gone and I felt very calm, not out of it just calm and focused with a very positive outlook. Hopefully more research will be done as it would seem I'm not the only person who has experienced this.”
“I was having severe menstrual cramps, and took this. Though it did nothing for my pain, the effect it had on my mood was amazing. I have suffered with severe mood issues most of my adult life, and none of the many antidepressants I have tried did anything to help. Within an hour of taking it, I felt normal for the first time in 15 years. I talked to my physician, and she agreed to prescribe it off label to treat my mood disorder. I have been taking the same dose of 50 mg, three times a day for the last three years, and I am doing great.”
“I've tried over 15 anti anxiety and anti depression medications for over 20 years along with thousands of hours of talk therapy. Last year I tried Tramadol for anxiety and it works for me. I take no other drugs, only 150mg of tramadol pretty much daily. My PCP of many years is onboard with the off label use of tramadol for this reason. I have no side affects except for a few intestinal "grumbles" now and then. I'm very pleased after all these years to have something that works. I feel like I can breath easier, less fear, more positive, more relaxed but in a good way. Not sedated or sleepy. Able to do things on my own. I hope it works for others that have been drug resistant to all the typical drugs.”
“I have had pretty bad anxiety over the past 5 years, had occasional panic attacks and trouble leaving my comfort zone. I was on Lexapro, which did nothing but make me fat. I also have a bulged disc and was prescribed this in lieu of stronger opiates like Vicodin and Percocet. To me this medicine is a miracle. I am happy always, never anxious, and never feel uncomfortable, even when I am doing things I don't enjoy. ”
“I've tried over 13 medications for anxiety and none have worked not even the popular benzodiazepines. I tried 100mg of Tramadol and I felt the weight lifted from me. I felt like I could breath easier and relaxed. It's the only thing that has worked. I'm looking for a doctor now who has experience with long term use or perhaps a doctor that can recommend a medication knowing that Tramadol works for me.”
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