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Ultram User Reviews & Ratings

Ultram has an average rating of 6.3 out of 10 from a total of 143 reviews on Drugs.com. 49% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 30% reported a negative experience.

Reviews for Ultram

  • rippmc
  • November 27, 2007

For Pain "I recently started to take tramadol 50mg after taking 10/325 hydrocodone for years. I have chronic 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 think 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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  • Anonymous
  • February 8, 2009

For Pain "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."

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  • SFOG
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 12, 2013

For Back Pain "I took two tramadol and had the best night's sleep for longer than I can remember. I have chronic back pain I got from when I was younger, where I was in a tournament fight. I am 40 now with a kid and working 50 plus hours per week (mostly sitting down). I have taken everything and been in physical therapy and nothing seems to work. I hate being in a fog of the other narcotics. I want to enjoy my life and my family, not be oblivious to it. This is amazing. I don't want side effects so I'll keep it to a minimum."

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  • March 6, 2010

For Fibromyalgia "Tramadol saved my life. Fibromyalgia had just about taken my life away. I was constantly in pain, tired, and often in a mental fog. It was causing major problems in my marriage, because the pain, fatigue, and fog made me a horrible husband and father. I wasn't doing my part around the house because of the pain, fatigue, and lack of cognitive clarity. My wife was resentful, and rightfully so. I finally ended up in a doctor's office in tears - I told him I was 'crazy'. He said I was not crazy, I was ill. He prescribed tramadol and Cymbalta. My life has completely changed: no pain, no fatigue, and no fog. My life and marriage are restored, and we are happier than ever. Daily, I thank God for a good, knowledgeable doctor, Cymbalta and Tramadol."

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  • leery
  • May 13, 2008

For Pain "New reports are claiming Ultram to be highly addictive - the FDA must have decided that the drug works too 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."

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  • jenn
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • December 28, 2012

For Back Pain "I have been on Ultram for a few years now. I had a spinal fusion, and they put me on Ultram 50 mg for pain every 4 hours, and I must say it helps me tremendously! Even more than Percocet or Vicodin, so I would highly recommend this medication for back pain."

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  • Anonymous
  • October 25, 2012

For Chronic Pain "Tramadol is a good medication that can take care of a wide range of pain. This medication is a great sub to addictive meds. A medication that only manages the pain and does not manage your mental state."

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  • finally
  • May 14, 2008

For Pain "I have severe back pain and have been on everything. Nothing works better than Ultram. I still go to work and don't feel like I'm in a tunnel. I also have no problems with withdrawal symptoms when I stop taking them."

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  • Anonymous
  • May 24, 2009

For Pain "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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  • sam
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • September 18, 2020

For Chronic Pain "I have been one of the many finding myself suffering severe chronic pain, fibromyalgia, cervical radiculopathy, severe osteoarthritis in all my joints, and 3 bulging discs. Stripped of all my pain meds and only allowed sporadic usage of Ultram. I went from 125mg fentanyl every 48 hours with Vicodin for breakthrough pain to one Ultram every 4 to 6 hours. I might as well be taking a baby aspirin every 4 to 6 hours."

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  • Anonymous
  • June 4, 2009

For Pain "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 are probably the worst part of the withdrawal symptoms. It does, however, work fairly well for pain if taken regularly."

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  • Whipl...
  • April 7, 2013

For Chronic Pain "I've been taking tramadol for back and knee pain from a motorcycle accident for over a year. It is a great pain reliever that eliminates 90% of my pain issues without making me feel drowsy like hydrocodone or oxycodone. It controls my pain and I can still live my normal life."

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  • geniu...
  • July 8, 2009

For Pain "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 cannot focus. I feel horrible. I can't go to sleep at night, and I can't wake up in the morning. This is truly miserable. I feel as if I am being hit by a truck several times a day."

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  • shepppy
  • August 8, 2014

For Back Pain "I have had a degenerative disc for almost 10 years, and have taken Ultram for the past year and a half. For almost 8 years, due to no insurance, I took nothing and lived with the pain. No narcotic, such as hydrocodone, has ever touched the pain, but Ultram completely eradicates the pain! It helps my mood and I'm able to work long hours with no pain. As of July 1, 2014, it is a Schedule 4 narcotic, and now I'm unsure whether I'll be able to get the dosage I need."

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  • Runosai
  • January 8, 2011

For Back Pain "Good at relieving pain for a short duration (4 hours at a time) with few side effects. I found that at 200mg/day my pain was cut in half and I had increased energy and a brighter mood. I have used this medicine for 4 years now and find that it is very effective for about four months, and then effectiveness decreases. At that point, my doctor switches me to a narcotic for three to four weeks and then I can continue with the tramadol over again with a 'reset' in the effectiveness factor. The strongest negative for me is getting off the tramadol... withdrawal effects include major mood swings, insomnia, and dizziness. But overall, it is quite effective and has very few bad effects for me while taking it."

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  • Anonymous
  • March 15, 2008

For Pain "I have been taking this medication for about two years. At first it completely killed the pain, and then gradually I have built a tolerance to it. The days that it works and I 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."

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  • J Nic
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 5, 2013

For Back Pain "I have found that this medication not only relieves my chronic pain, but I am able to take it and still work. I could not do that with the standard narcotic pain relievers, which are typically prescribed. Thanks to my doctor's recommendation of this medicine, I am able to live a much less painful and much more fulfilling life."

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  • bsbybig
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • November 14, 2013

For Chronic Pain "Tramadol works as expected. It does just enough so I can remain functional without stepping up to stronger painkillers. Tramadol only works for me if I take the doses consistently. When I first started taking Tramadol, it took about a week for the medicine to be fully effective."

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  • Juju
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • August 16, 2018

For Back Pain "After a car accident and back surgery, I have failed back syndrome, severe sciatica, neuropathy in the soles of my feet, and meragia (thighs numbness or pain in the outer thigh due to pinched or compressed nerve). I have used Ultram since 1998. At first, I used it only when required, and slowly increased to 2-3 times a day, and it gives me life. I can keep my pain level at an endurable level and still teach classes, volunteer with seniors, and drive a car unimpaired. It is crucial for me. NSAIDs ate my stomach lining away. Tylenol causes heart palpitations. Some patients need this medication to continue doing things and not be encumbered with horrible sciatica and chronic pain, debilitating neuropathy. There is no cure for these conditions, so we must treat them!"

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  • Myali...
  • March 27, 2008

For Pain "I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, so I 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 caffeine."

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  • nyte_...
  • February 27, 2012

For Back Pain "I have 4 herniated discs (C1/C2 & L4/L5), Fibromyalgia, and Migraine Headaches. I also have Atrial Tachycardia, which basically means that my heart beats at extremely fast irregular rates, and the surgery that fixes 95% of these cases won't work on me. My doctor put me on Ultram 60mg 3 times daily and Morphine Sulfate Extended Release 50mg recently. I have to admit, at first I wasn't thrilled about the Ultram. I had taken them in lower doses before and told my wife I'd be better off on Tylenol. But I gave them a shot and to my surprise, the pain relief was amazing! I love Ultram because I don't live in a 'FOG' all the time. I can drive, go to work, play with my baby, and spend time with my family. I would recommend Ultram!"

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  • Newmom
  • September 17, 2014

For Back Pain "Around the same time this year, I have had a baby and shoulder surgery for osteoarthritis. Hence, I suffered from both shoulder pain AND postpartum depression. Percocet didn't stop the pain, and Zoloft made me feel worse. My doctor prescribed Ultram, and it is now my miracle pill! It helps with both issues. It allows me to be a normal functioning mom. I love how it helps my mood and physical pain!"

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  • Equirdr
  • February 12, 2021

For Chronic Pain "Ultram has worked well for the multiple chronic pain issues I have and has allowed me to function though the cervical/lumber problems are becoming worse. If not for Ultram, I would be housebound & unable to move. Unfortunately, a new doctor without reason reduced the script which has resulted in my pain increasing and being unable to sometimes walk. I did further research and found the DEA final report that clearly states that doctors should not decrease or stop this med for chronic pain. They were quick to prescribe gabapentin which is one of the worst drugs taken-within 36 hours I had a severe adverse event. I filed an adverse event complaint with FDA and also had my pharmacy redline the drug so it would not be prescribed again. Read the information on meds you are taking or a doctor suggests you take before you pay for it. Sometimes the negative effects are worse than the health problem you have."

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  • Roalbo
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • February 5, 2016

For Back Pain "I told my physician that I would no longer take Percocet for my chronic back pain. He suggested I try tramadol and assured me it is not a narcotic. I have been taking the tramadol now for a year and although it is no miracle drug, it has managed my pain immensely. I can finally sleep at night and function normally. One downside to the drug for me is if I run out and the withdrawal starts, it is nasty. Be careful you stop the drug abruptly. Good health to all. Rob"

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  • kjp
  • April 17, 2012

For Back Pain "I have osteoarthritis, bursitis in my shoulder, degenerative discs, and have had surgery for a herniated disc. I have been on hydrocodone and Percocet, but Ultram 100 mg by far does a better job of keeping me comfortable and able to function without feeling cloudy."

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