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User Reviews for Tramadol to treat Pain

Also known as: Ultram, Tramadol Hydrochloride ER, Qdolo ConZip

Tramadol has an average rating of 5.9 out of 10 from a total of 625 ratings for the treatment of Pain. 48% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 34% reported a negative experience.

Tramadol rating summary

5.9/10 average rating

625 ratings from 666 user reviews.

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Reviews for Tramadol

Anonymous · October 18, 2019

“I have been reading a lot of the reviews on here about Tramadol. What you have to remember is that every drug will react differently to different people. Personally I think Tramadol is a good drug for me as it help with pain and increases mood elevation. I don't take it everyday I take it as a when needed basically. Taken correctly and wisely then they can be a great benefit to people who are in pain. Googling something will always give you good and bad reviews on everything. If you need them and they work for you then take them. We all need a little something with general aches and pains as we get older and if they improve your quality of live, which in my case they do, then taken correctly they will do you no harm at all. Hope this will help some people”

9 / 10
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rippmc · November 27, 2007

Ultram (tramadol): “I recently started to take tramdol 50mg after taking 10/325 hydrocodone for years. I have chrnonic back pain and I thought only the hydrocodone could take care of it. Well, let me tell you, this tramadol is great! It works so much better than the hydrocodone, but without getting you all buzzed up. I thinks that it's great. I was so tired of being high all the time. It's given me my brain back.”

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Honeybunny · Taken for less than 1 month · July 11, 2021

“I have been prescribed Tramadol for pain 4 times. I have never felt any relief from pain while using it. I have told doctors this, yet they continue to prescribe it to me. It's cruel to prescribe a pain relief medication that I've said does nothing to help me. Tramadol simply gives me no relief.”

1 / 10
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Anonymous · February 8, 2009

Ultram (tramadol): “I was prescribed Tramadol after a herniated disc in my lower back and 50mg gives me great pain relief for about 6 hours. If the pain is really bad then 100mg works wonders as well. I have not experienced any negative side effects. This medicine also puts me in a GREAT mood and helps with some symptoms of depression which makes it much easier to get through the day. I would recommend Tramadol to anyone experiencing pain.”

10 / 10
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geosaw · January 28, 2010

“I have been taking tramadol for 8 years. Looking at all these reviews, my first response was that many of these folks are lying. However, maybe the effectiveness of this drug and its side effects are indeed all over the spectrum. I researched the drug when first starting to use it and it had many fewer warnings and potential side effects then. It was not considered a narcotic. Here's my view. It removed my pain which had me on the verge of suicide, sitting on the foot of my bed in tears. It removed all my pain, 100% with absolutely no side effects at all. No dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, withdrawal problems, tolerance buildup at all. Taking for 8 years now 100mg at 6:00am and 100mg at 6:00pm every day. A miracle to me!”

10 / 10
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leery · May 13, 2008

Ultram (tramadol): “New reports are claiming Ultram to be highly addictive - the FDA must have decided that the drug works to well and it is too cheap so they put out these reports.I have never felt anything that would make me addicted except pain relief that enables me to perform my daily tasks. People need to speak up quickly. My Doctor has decided he wants me to try Elavil which caused rapid weight gain and Cymbalta or Celebrex (very expensive - hmmm!) which caused sexual dysfunction and I felt like a zombie.”

8 / 10
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finally · May 14, 2008

Ultram (tramadol): “I have severe back pain and have been on everything. Nothing works better then Ultram. I still go to work and don't feel like I'm in a tunnel. I also have no problems with withdrawl symptoms, when I stop taking them.”

8 / 10
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Sugar · Taken for less than 1 month · March 4, 2020

“My doctor gave me tramadol after having 2 teeth extracted & it didn’t help one bit, it actually made my pain worse & made it throb harder than ever. It had the exact opposite effect on me & made me feel 100 times worse. No thank you! Doctors prescribe tramadol because they refuse to give out norcos that actually work! Get you to keep coming back, for “pain relievers” that don’t work, just to keep adding up that doctor bill! Can’t just prescribe norcos & save both people time & save the patient money from trying rubbish that just does NOT work!”

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Anonymous · May 24, 2009

Ultram (tramadol): “I had a very serious seizure combining Ultram with Prozac, something which unfortunately many doctors are not aware of (like my brother, who is an ER doctor and disputed me that this was the cause until I steered him to the relevant literature, since I too am a scientist). However, I was also at fault for forgetting to tell my doctor that I was taking Prozac from my primary care doctor. I essentially was out for several minutes, severely bit my tongue, had a concussion from hitting the floor. I was very close to getting into the car to take my 5 year old to preschool. So please, please, be very very careful when mixing prescription medicines.”

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Anonymous · June 4, 2009

Ultram (tramadol): “I have been using Ultram for about 2 months. I think this medicine works very well for pain, however the withdrawal side effects for me have been bad. If I stop taking this medicine for two days I experience cold sweats, hot flashes, can't sleep, my legs get restless at night. I find that I have to take the medicine without having pain, just to feel like my normal self again. The restless legs is probably the worst part of the withdrawal symptoms. It does however work fairly well for pain if taken regularly.”

9 / 10
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genius2k · July 8, 2009

Ultram (tramadol): “I am 29 years old. I have fibromyalgia and hypermobility disorder. Without this drug I would be worthless. I used to be a grumpy person that could not accomplish anything without major difficulty. I have taken Ultram ER 300 for the last 3 years. I have never been without this medicine for more than 12 hours. I am now 3 days off this medicine because I ran out by accident. This has been the most miserable experience of my life. I am on the verge of getting written up at work. I can not focus. I feel horrible. I cant go to sleep at night and I cant wake up in the morning. This is truly miserable. I feel as if I am being hit by a truck several times a day.”

9 / 10
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Informed person · Taken for 1 to 2 years · July 12, 2017

“I'd like say there are many misinformed people here. Tramadol DOES help all kinds of pain. Tramadol is an opioid, it attaches to the same receptors Oxycodone does, and it's a PRODRUG -- meaning it must metabolize via CYP2D6 liver enzyme to work. Once it's converted over, it turns into M1 aka o-deso (for short) which is 6-10 times more potent than Tramadol, where it's real pain relief comes from. So People giving it 1 star? They are lacking proper metabolism OR they are taking a P2D6 inhibitor (some antiacids, like tagament), grapefruit juice, among others. A 50mg Tramadol tablet in studies has SUPERIOR pain relief to 40mg codeine+300mg Tyneol, and also showed the same pain relief as 5 to 7.5mg of Oxycodone. It works for pain...”

10 / 10
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Jane two · June 11, 2014

“Ive taken tramadol for 7yrs 50mg once to three times a day. Sometimes go days without it. I find within 20 mins of taking it my pain is gone. It does not give me a headache, does not make me loopy or sleepy or even depressed. Not sure why its classified as a strong pain pill, it just makes joint paint go away and you can function normal.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · March 15, 2008

Ultram (tramadol): “I have been taking this medication for about two years. At first it completely killed the pain and then gradually i have built a tolerence to it. The days that it works and feel good it is awesome but other days i wish i had other options. I like the fact that it is non narcotic and seems not as habit forming.”

7 / 10
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Cindy · Taken for 1 to 6 months · August 24, 2020

“I was prescribed this tramadol for pain following knee replacement. For 6 weeks I experienced racing heart rate, shortness of breath, and chest pain, which delayed my recovery and stumped all my physicians. I was bed-bound the entire time. After a multitude of testing, my PCP finally suggested I stopped this medication and all symptoms resolved within two days. This was a debilitating experience, and I have never had these problems prior to this medication or since. If I could rate this medication any lower than 1, I would.”

1 / 10
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senior citizen · Taken for 2 to 5 years · March 26, 2019

“I'm in my mid-70s, and was given tramadol because I can't take ibuprofen (kidney issues) for my arthritis. It doesn't do anything for inflammation, but as a pain medicine it's a lifesaver (I can supplement the tramadol with sour cherry juice for help with the inflammation). I take 2 (50mg) pills before skiing, 2 pills before hiking, 1 before biking, and 1-2 pills before any other strenuous activity. I've never had an issue with dependence, and if I've had any side effects, they have been minor. It worries me that tramadol is getting a bad reputation, because it is by far the best pain medicine I have ever used, and I don't want it to become impossible to get in the US (think quinine).”

8 / 10
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Disabled sgt. · Taken for 1 to 2 years · January 11, 2017

“I've been on tramadol for over a year now,I lost my left leg Iraq in 2005. The V.A. is no longer writing prescription for narcotics pain killers as per the U.S. government. So here I sit day after day in pain. Thanks V.A. I put my life on the line and this is the way you repay me, not only me but 1000's of disabled veterans.”

3 / 10
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Anonymous · November 28, 2011

Ultram ODT (tramadol): “I have been using tramadol for eight years for joint and muscle pain, the result of Lyme Disease which was undetected for more than a year. I have NO adverse effects. The one major problem I have had is since the medicine has now been classified a narcotic, my doctor now hesitates to prescribe it even though I have taken the same dosage for eight years with no reduction of effectiveness or need to increase dosage.”

10 / 10
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Anna · Taken for 2 to 5 years · February 28, 2020

“Years ago this medicine worked. Now, pharmaceutical companies seem to be removing whatever ingredients that help the pain go away. If you want to feel any relief whatsoever, taking 2 is a joke. I feel weak, tired, depressed and like I have the flu. It is almost as if they are trying to get us to hate it. Not a surprise though.”

2 / 10
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Myalicethegoon · March 27, 2008

Ultram (tramadol): “I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, so am in fairly constant pain. Ultram has really been a lifesaver, allowing me to work and play. Headache is sometimes a problem, but I think almost always in combination with caffiene.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · October 9, 2013

“I am prescribed this for chronic neck/shoulder pain. My doctor gave me this instead of a straight narcotic, Tramadol 50mg tabs 2 or as needed 3 x a day. I also take Lexapro 25mg 1xday. Just using Lexapro erased my depression symptoms, after starting tramadol. I find I am hugely motivated at work, I have a fairly physical job and it can be draining but with this not only is the pain controlled my mood is "Mr. work". It really makes me more productive and happy able to get up in the morning without the hangover of Percocet. Much more alert and able to tackle heavy work that guys 15 years younger whine about. Highly recommended.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous · March 24, 2008

“I have to agree with the other reviewer who described less aggressiveness when taking Tramadol. I was originally prescribed this for back pain, but have come to desire it more for its mood altering capabilities. It's stated that this product has a "very weak but rapidly acting serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor." I've noticed that I no longer throw tantrums and that I'm in general a much calmer individual. I do however wonder what the price is in the long run in terms of dependency.”

8 / 10
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Steve · Taken for 2 to 5 years · December 1, 2019

“I take one every night for shoulder pain. I tore both left and right rotator cuffs and had a replacement on the left which no longer hurts. The right shoulder still hurts mostly at night for some reason. It is something to do with the position but even doctors are not sure why. Tramadol relieves my pain but has none of the nasty side effects of hydrocodone or other opioids. No constipation, drowsiness, etc. I'd say it's a great drug. OH, and no trouble with addiction. I have stopped taking it for a day or two and there are no cravings or ANY of the other side”

10 / 10
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El guapo! · September 6, 2014

“I have been taking tramadol for four years, it works for me! Sometimes I want to get off tramadol, not because it doesn't work, but because I don't want to have a medicine at all. On the other hand I came to the conclusion I need to support my family; and tramadol does not upset my stomach, I was diagnosed with sciatica, a tear and tendonitis, very painful. Tramadol doesn't take away completely my pain, but I can work without side effects for me. I was on Mobic, it is good, but unfortunately it affects my stomach, it makes me constipated. So I am going to stay with one medication until there is a better one, so far tramadol is the winner for me!”

9 / 10
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Happy_Camper · Taken for 5 to 10 years · February 22, 2017

“I have chronic Lumbar pain...residual after a surgical procedure. Without worthwhile pain management, acute...like a 7 out of 10, worse on some days. I have above average tolerance for pain. My doctor believes that what I call a 5 or 6 would probably incapacitate the average person. I have been prescribed the whole gamut, from the steroid series every 9 months to Oxycontin. The injections were a waste. The various opioids just made me stoned. I could still feel the pain, I simply didn't give a damn. When I first used Tramadol (Ultram), 50mg, about 40 minutes later I notices two significant facts; I was NOT stoned. And I was NOT in pain. I have been using 50mg, 4 X daily since 2012 - no side effects, no pain. BONUS!”

10 / 10
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