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User Reviews for Tramadol to treat Pain

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

Tramadol has an average rating of 6.0 out of 10 from a total of 605 ratings for the treatment of Pain. 49% of those users who reviewed Tramadol reported a positive effect, while 33% reported a negative effect.

Tramadol Rating Summary

6.0/10 average rating

605 ratings from 643 user reviews.

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Reviews for Tramadol

Eazy · Taken for 5 to 10 years May 10, 2021

“I have found that Amneal pharmaceutical company is the best I've ever used for a tramadol pain medication they are the white and round tablet with AN 627 on the tablet doesn't have any harmful chemicals that are harmful to your health”

10 / 10
MJB May 7, 2021

“Since I cannot tolerate opiates, my pain management Dr. gave me Tramadol to try. 50 mg every 8 hours. So presently with annoyingly achy knees I have tried it. Nothing, no pain relief, nothing, nada. It didn't do a thing. So this is what they want to use if I have a knee replacement, I don't think so.”

1 / 10
Eugene · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 6, 2021

“I was prescribed Contramal 50mg (a brand of tramadol) now for the second time for similar injuries. The previous time 6 months ago it worked like a bomb. Now. Absolutely nothing. It is so frustrating to live with the pain I have. This time it's a lot more severe than previously. I'm even taking it with 200mg paracecetamol as suggested by the doctor. PLEASE ANYONE!!! What else can I use for severe pain if tramadol not working?”

1 / 10

Frequently asked questions

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.”

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
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
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
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.”

5 / 10
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!”

1 / 10
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
red baron November 25, 2008

Ultram (tramadol): “Contrary to what I've read on some forums this is NOT a strong NSAID. It is a pain medicine (read the insert). It works partially by working on the opiate receptors in the brain. You may a teeny tiny bit euphoric the first time. That said I found it very good for moderate to moderately severe spinal degeneration pain and have been prescribed this for a few years. I take it in addition to an NSAID, athritis strength Tylenol and muscle relaxants (as needed) but this was a Godsend for a long time. The limit is 400mg a day.”

8 / 10
Rye 27 October 7, 2008

Ultram (tramadol): “I started taking Tramadol about 3 months ago for chronic pain in my knee, hips and especially my lower back due to over 26 years in the military. It allows me to be relativly free from pain and capable of doing things around my yard. I have expienced no side effects. If I stop taking it for a couple of days the pain returns. Before taking tramadol I was limited to 15 to 30 minutes of work and then I would be done for a couple of days to recuperate. ”

9 / 10
AJANSSON March 23, 2009

“I didn't know anything about this drug and was on darvocet when my workmans company suggested I switch to this. It was a little weak at first but then I got it into my system on a regular basis and it seemed to dull my pain. Both heels were crushed in a fall and I had reconstruction surgery. This does make me sleepy and is terrible to get off of. I had every symptom of withdrawal listed. I had to call my doctor back and be put back onto it. BEWARE.”

7 / 10
Rose · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 8, 2020

“I have been taking Tramadol since 4 years. Tramadol helps me a lot when it comes to my IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Usually, I take just one or two before going out. I can swear this stops any and all bowel movements for the day within an hour or two of taking it. It helps a lot with my stomach pain (that is part of IBS flare ups). It also decreases my appetite a little but it’s important to eat so as not to feel nauseous. I feel like it can lower the vision power a little . Also, it brings about the feeling of euphoria and relaxation but I don’t find it all that addicting. I can stop if needed. It brings about feeling of optimism in you, which is wonderful. Not many docs will even prescribe them anymore. That’s sad. Just give us the freedom to make our own choices..”

10 / 10
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
Prospero · Taken for 10 years or more February 16, 2020

“I was prescribed tramadol over 10 years ago for lower back pain, 50 mg 4X a day, with the information that it was 1) non-narcotic and 2) non-addictive. Online research has shown me that both these features were incorrect. I first tried it at bedtime, and was unable to sleep, so put it away for about a year. However, I later tried it to help with minor discomforts associated with exercise, and have found it quite effective for this, at a much lower dose, about 1/2 pill (25 mg) every hour or so. I exercise a lot, and have occasionally taken up to 200mg in a day, although the average is about 50mg. At this level, I have had no adverse side effects or dependency issues. I don't regard it as a heavy-duty pain killer, but for my purposes it has been a blessing.”

10 / 10
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
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
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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