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Ash! Been there with Tramadol, with a cold turkey situation for 7 days. By the time I started to feel a little better I used it to stop WD. I sought to use it in small dose, but went back up to a higher dose with doctors approval. Then I decided to do a taper. As I went to UMASS to get certified as a substance abuse counselor, a fellow student with massive experience in many areas including prison commented in the pharma class on how to taper off Tramadol. He said; "50mg per week until minimal, then off" I would assume the final dose could be splitting the tablet as needed. This became the best simple point that anyone made. I started working in treatment centers in 2007, then retired at Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. in 2014 due to 3 heart attacks that nearly killed me. Alot of people can't believe how bad Tramadol withdrawal is. We've had cases at detox of addicts coming in to be detoxed off of Tramadol (probably with a methadone taper, but thats my assumption of logic). Tramadol is not only a rotten drug in itself, but its a trigger for opiate addicts of all sorts, since it is a synthetic opiod. Its nothing for people to take lightly, but far to many people don't understand how a simple to get drug could be so bad. Well, as many of us know, there is "alot" of bad medicine out there. I'm glad your off Tramadol and I know you will continue to feel better and better esp. since the initial WD is done with. Kudos to you & thanks for the video, its very well done & very educating as a testimonial.
1 year 2 months ago
I started taking tramadol for pain relief following a really bad car accident. It was not prescribed, I just lied on an internet site and they gladly provided the evil little pill. I am not blaming the internet site, it was my decision, but everything I had heard said it was not addictive. It worked great, and I felt wonderful after taking it. I began to take more and more just for the euphoria. Then I started noticing that I was losing weight... not always a bad thing, but I had gone from 180 to 135 pounds in just over a year. My family was worried of course and I was not comfortable admitting that I was using a drug I was obtaining without a legitimate prescription. So, I decided to quit. I first tried cold turkey and quickly realized that I was not strong enough to handle the withdrawl symptoms... it really kicked my ass.
At my worst, I was taking 400 mgs a day. I have been tapering the dose for the last four weeks and I am down to just 100 mgs a day, but I am feeling the pain almost as bad as cold turkey. I am taking a week off work to finish my quitting plan and I am really afraid I cant do it. I just feel so alone and weak against this drug. I will stick to my schedule, but honestly a bullet to the head would be an improvement on my health right now. I am going to crawl into a hole and not come out until I have it beat. Its a matter of taking back control of my life and I swear I will never touch this crap again if I get out alive.
Just a word of warning to any recreational drug users, stay away from this poison! It grabs you and refuses to let go. I have tried to quit before, but I have never been this close. Please pray for me and tell your doctors that insist that Tramadol is not habit forming that they can just keep the drug company hush money and their bad advice to themselves. Craig.
'Craig' is exactly the sort of person who needs the Action Plan.
I'm using Clonidine (blood pressure med) and Diazepam to handle the w/d symptoms of coming off Tramadol. Was on it for two years: 100 mg a day. The Clonidine and Diazepam is really helping to keep with worst of the w/d symptoms at bay. Then I know I will need to taper off the Diazepam and the Clonidine.
6 months 3 weeks ago
I was prescribed it for 6 years and followed the doctors orders. I never got high off of it, ever. Never took more than prescribed. The withdrawals are nothing short of pure hell. This drug is more dangerous than oxycontin, which I also quit and they withdrawals were nothing compared to Tramadol. I also quit Valium... the withdrawals from Valium landed me in the ER with heart issues and still the Tramadol is a withdrawal a million times worse than oxycontin and valium withdrawal. I was told by my doctor it was safe. Id rather die than take a tramadol again.
1 year 4 months ago
I was on tramadol for 10 years honey just keep weaning less and less everyday till your down to one a day you'll make it if I can do it anybody can do it
1 - 6 months 2 days ago
I am 23 an have been on tremadol for almost 5 years first 2 years on an off and 3 yrs constant worst i used to take is 350mg a day now 150-200 a day .. At once at 5 pm ... I have back pain so my doctor gives me 100 of these a month free of charge. But is this whats causing me to feel depressed tired stomach pains etc ?? :( i wish it made me loose weight i just want to eat everything
1 - 1 year 2 months ago
If this how you feel in the mornings before you take your Tramadol it's definitely time to think about quitting. www.tramadolwithdrawalactionplan.com
Tramadol addiction is very different than dependency. Some of the signs of this would include:
Using the medication in a manner not prescribed
Taking more of the medication than prescribed
Reporting lost medication in order to obtain more
Asking for refills long before refills would be due
Using several doctors and pharmacies to get more tramadol
Stealing the drug or asking others who take the drug for a few pills
Thinking about or obsessing over when the next dose can be obtained or taken
Those suffering from tramadol addiction are also likely to experience withdrawal if they cannot get the medication. Withdrawal symptoms can range from minor to severe. They could include an increase in pain, sweating, anxiety, tremors, diarrhea, insomnia and hallucinations.
Usually tramadol addiction must be addressed in two ways since people become physically and emotionally dependent on the drug. Of first importance is helping people get through initial withdrawal symptoms, but even when the worst of these are over, many still crave the drug and have used it as a way to cope with most of the problems in their lives. This means it is helpful for most people to participate in a drug treatment program so that they can learn how to reconstruct their lives without having to use tramadol or any other potentially addictive substance. Drug treatment programs can take many forms and include regular outpatient meetings with groups like Narcotics Anonymous, or they can be inpatient programs of a certain length where folks work on conquering emotional addiction and understanding how to overcome it.
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