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User Reviews for Tramadol to treat Depression

Also known as: ConZip, Ultram, Ultram ER

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Tramadol Rating Summary

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9.1/10 Average Rating
98 Ratings with 96 User Reviews

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Reviews for Tramadol

"I have depression my doctor gave me antidepressants , It didn’t work Got sick of it , Went to my cupboard to get panadeine (paracetamol with codeine) forte to knock a headache out so I can rest , Depression was getting to me , While looking for it, I saw an old carton of tramadol , It was for my sister in-law for her tooth pain 2 years back , So I took that instead , And guess what , I felt like never before, Even when I never had depression , I wasn’t sure it was from tramadol I remember walking and saying to myself , the depression is going I was happy Then later I started feeling the depression back it was thesame , Strange , I was curious- was it tramadol? , Mmmmm So I took another 50 mg Wow Felt great Slow release It took around and hour to feel it But went full day It works Control is key I want to live happy Regardless what I read It worked for me Better addicted and happy Than not addicted and miserable Words I told the doctor I’m still no more than 50 mg sometimes 25 mg low dose 4 times a Week"

Michael hal March 27, 2019

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"Tramadol is life changing for me, all of my depression, and social anxiety vanishes and I want to talk to people, get out of bed, do things and enjoy life. I am 300 lb. I take 50 mg just to stop the worst feelings, 100 mg to be active and totally free of anxiety and depression. The effects last for a full day, and sometimes into the next day. I never take more than a dose a week, so I am often sleepy the next day, but I can get through that easily with caffeine. I don’t know how to get it prescribed. Doctors just don’t care that it has been transformative. It doesn’t seem fair. I have a small supply obtained illegally. I take them only when I absolutely can’t face life as myself any more. I avoid feeling the effects while working. (Even though effects are mild, I don’t want anything to affect my job performance), so I only allow myself relief one day a week or less. Other SSRIs have not helped me much. They just make me not care about anything."

Klams (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 16, 2019

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"Doesnt do a thing for me ,"

   
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forrin (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 7, 2019

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"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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"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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"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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"I've had depression since I was very young. I never accepted SSRI and just carried on regardless. My diabetes eventually gave me peripheral neuropathy and my feet hurt. Tramadol was prescribed for the pain. Since taking the tramadol my depression has been virtually non existent. I have not told my GP as he will probably stop the prescription .I do not have euphoria or anything like that, I am though functioning as a real human being with energy and purpose . My life is not perfect but its much much better , it can't just be a coincidence. John Lennon said " Whatever gets you through the night, It's Alright" I wish all you fellow suffers the very best luck x"

   
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Taximanlondon (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 11, 2018

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"I have been taking 100mg at once during the morning about every 3 to 4 days and I’m amazed how it calms me down. Unfortunately not taking it for 3 to 4 days makes me a little more depressed. Would love to take it once a day everyday but am afraid to."

   
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Maynard (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 11, 2018

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"I was at work some years ago I was a welder, and started getting to where I got tired real easy and I couldn't figure it out. And one of my co-workers gave me a Tramadol and it was like wow !! I can make it through the day now. I take one 50 mg a day . If I don't I start to feel run down and tired. I don't know if I had some kind of mild depression or not but that's the way it helps me."

   
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BJ (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 30, 2018

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"I've been prescribed EVERY anti-depressant known. I have what is knows as Treatment Resistant Depression. I stumbled across Tramadol 7 years ago and WOW, after a hour, energy, happy, feel like I can do things again after 20 years. Haven't had to increase the dosage after 7 years. This medicine has saved my life. After I take it, my wife says my eyes aren't blood shot, my mood is like it was 30 years ago, and now working full time and building a business up on the side!"

   
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Quando62 (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 6, 2018

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"The last SSRI I tried put me into a manic episode. After 30 years I discovered Tramadol, the only medication to date that helps with my depression. Then, Tramadol was re-classified and now my psychiatrist wants me to get off the drug. I tried twice in the past to taper back from the 150 mg that I take in divided doses every day. Used the slowest taper schedule I could find online. The withdrawal is bad, I couldn't take the shaking and suicidal thoughts, so continued to take it. I came to peace with taking tramadol, especially after reading about the difference between addiction and dependence. I am dependent on this medication to keep me alive, literally. I don't crave it and I have no desire to increase my dose, both of which are signs of addiction. Am so grateful to read about other people's positive experiences with Tramadol in treating depression. There wasn't much info out there when I started to look into it several years ago."

   
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Moonflower (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 4, 2018

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"I was given Tramadol for foot pain by my orthopedist. I didn’t particularly notice that it helped my pain, but it certainly improved my mood. And fast. I’m not saying I was hugely depressed and have never been treated for depression, but my improved mood was a surprise. It doesn’t make me feel high or anything like that, and I’m not an overly anxious person, but it just makes me happier and not so grumpy! The only thing is, my doctor hasn’t given me much - guess it’s very controlled. So I got more elsewhere. It only takes about 50 mg a day for me. I did go several months without any and didn’t feel any withdrawal side effects other than some sweating and a return to my normal mood. I certainly would not want to take more than 100mg a day. I have never taken much medication in my life. I have friends on anti-depressants etc., and have mentioned this effect with tramadol. Interesting reading other people comment on this."

   
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Tess (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 23, 2018

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"This medication was initially prescribed for back pain. As an unexpected side effect it dealt with my MDD perfectly. Unfortunately I am medication sensitive and started to have negative side effects so had to slowly get off this medication. For some reason the withdrawal was horrible. Everybody responds differently and even though this medication worked with the pain and depression it's side effects made it impossible for me to remain on it and the withdrawal was the worst part "for me.""

   
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Soso (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 15, 2018

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"I have chronic depression and PTSD. I have tried all the SSRIs and SNRIs. I've tried combinations of supplements, and checked into magnetic brain stimulation treatments. Nothing worked. I was in a car accident and hurt my back. I was prescribed Tramadol and noticed within a couple of day that I felt "normal", happy, not anxious. So I talked to my doctor who is willing to continue prescribing it for me. I still have my negative thoughts but they don't dominate my day, nor disrupt my life. I keep up on my magnesium L-threonate, magnesium glycate and L-theanine which make a big difference. Everyone's body chemistry is different. This drug works for my chemistry. I understand that I will have to take a medication for the test of my life, but it's a small price to pay. There are days I almost didn't make it through. And I'm fortunate to have found something that works for me."

   
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Sad Sally (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 24, 2018

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"I was reading some of these past comments and I have to say some of you I am very disappointed. Every single drug you take on this planet has side effects and it has withdraw symptoms I don't care what medicine you take! Every drug you take long enough has a dependency issue. I mean come on even coffee people have withdrawals to that. I have taken tramadol for back pain ovarian cyst, and then my psychiatrist told me he wanted me to continue on this medicine because it's been proven effective in treating depression, and I have been on every anti depressant they have ever made and horrible health and side effects and I was not having a good quality of life. The good out weighs the bad. And my life is finally getting better. Now shame on you adults that are bashing people for taking tramadol for depression. My life is good."

   
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Shellbell May 7, 2018

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"Honestly the best option I've found for treating my depression. Very limited side effects compared to standard anti depressants. Only thing that has bothered me are heat flashes at night, but that is manageable. Would recommend taking days apart to help not build dependency."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 3, 2018

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"The comments resonate with me regards Tramadol. I was diagnosed it for back pain which it relieved and gave me a surge of energy and wellbeing which later disappeared with use, but it is still useful for relieving my dire morning depression, if taken 2 hours before rising I can face getting out of bed."

   
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Egghead99 January 7, 2018

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"My Pdoc tried this after so many SSRIs had little effect. Tramadol worked much better right away. I wouldn't suggest taking more than 100mg, as this drug is very difficult to taper down from. When you taper off, reduce by 12.5mg per month to avoid withdrawals and give your body time to adjust. I have since tried Niacin and found it equally effective for Depression and Anxiety."

   
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davetrindle (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 2, 2018

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"I am a 65 year old Male and suffer from depression. My Psychiatrist prescribed Tramadol 50mg daily.  I have been taking it for three years and it works terrific. I have tried SSRIs in the past but did not have any success. I have heard horror stories about the withdrawal symptoms of Tramadol so I have taken some days off or decreased my dosage to test and experiment the withdrawal effects -- but I am not sure I want to go through the rest of my days bummed out and unproductive. I have heard all the stories about working out, proper diet, self-talk etc... I am very disciplined in adhering to these principles -- but it does not help my depression. Just my two cents. Jerry"

   
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Iljc1225himg (taken for 2 to 5 years) November 28, 2017

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"without going into a long story, I feel much better on tramadol even if only 1/2 to 1 tablet a day, w/out it, I feel pretty shitty at times, similiar to flu symptoms, depression, anxiety. I'm hesitant whether to tell this to a psychiatrist, how likely would they go along with it or encourage getting off of it, it's been very hard to get off even this low dose"

rndthewheel (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 23, 2017

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"I was put on Tramadol for pain and a funny thing happened. I noticed I felt more energy and overall well being. I had felt a bit depressed over the years and they tried a few meds but none seemed to work. I had surgery and was given tramadol. Once the pain was gone - I stopped it and noticed I fell back into my old slump. I was in therapy and tried everything. Years later I went to Mexico for business and saw Tramdol in the pharmacy. I bought one bottle of 50mg capsules and said let's try this. 50mg twice a day. Within 2 weeks people were commenting I seemed like I was happier. It does not give me a high like hydrocodone and other opiate meds. They need to explore this and stop shooting it down as an antidepressant."

   
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HealthIsEverything (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 29, 2017

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"Using for over 5 yrs. great for depression and feeling energetic."

   
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Myriam zapata August 27, 2017

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"Tramadol is NOT an opiate. It does act on the same pain receptors as opiates, but it does not have the same addictive quality as opiates and does not have the same risk of abuse as opiates. You can become dependent on Tramadol, just as you can be dependent on SSRI's. You can't cold turkey quit an SSRI without some really gnarly withdrawal symptoms and the same goes for Tramadol and opiates and tons of other drugs. I've been taking Tramadol for 4 years for general pain in my body due to end stage renal disease and osteodystrophy. Since I've been taking Tramadol I have not needed antidepressants and I find that I function at a higher level with Tramadol than with any SSRI I have ever taken. There are no negative side effects for me."

   
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Beckums (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 30, 2017

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"I originally took Tramadol for pain. I previously had bouts with depression, which totally consumed me. I tried Tramadol (50mg noon time and one at bedtime. ) It pulled me out of the depression before it took me over. Works great."

   
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BlueMoon34 July 3, 2017

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"I have treatment resistant Major Depression and as a result, I've taken so many drugs over the years that I can't list them all. I got kidney stones a while back and got tramadol to help me with the pain. It didn't help much for that, but it sure helped treat my depression. I talked with my primary care doctor about this and she's reluctant to prescribe it if it isn't for pain. As the result, I'm going to find a new doctor... One who knows a bit more about psychiatry."

   
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Dallas Mike (taken for less than 1 month) June 9, 2017

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