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tramadol addiction withdrawal and other drugs

Postby fibro-lu » Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:08 pm

Hi,

I am fully aware about the pro and con to take or not take medication(s) etc
the fear of side effects and the withdrawels etc
and that it is a question, or at least it seems to be, to outweight the benefit from the bad stuff

anyway
I am fed up (again) with all the stuff I take by the handful each day
started to taper off, mainly venlafaxine and quetiapine ... anyway

came across all sort of info about withdrawels, tapering etc and nearly fell of my chair when I read about tramadol
tramadol wasn't even the one I wanted to come off, didn't even think of any (big) harm of taking that
until I realized that this too is messing with serotonin (was not aware of that) and is quite a double whammy and doing all sorts of stuff in the body and brain

I know I was begging my GP to give me something and he gave me tramadol
not sure of his warnings but giving him the benefit of the doubt and that I ignored/blanked it out

so here just to give some food for thought in case someone is thinking of starting or coming off
all the best
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Re: tramadol addiction withdrawal and other drugs

Postby Moobaloo » Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:52 pm

I went to my GP last week because I was so concerned about becoming tolerant & addicted to Tramadol.
I get withdrawal symptoms if I forget a dose & have to take 100mg 4 times a day. It's not the largest dose, but I can only see me having to increase my dose, as it only takes the edge off my pain at the moment.

I'm now on my second week of Gabapentin & still taking 100mg Tramadol 4 time s daily, but will start weaning off it next week. Very slowly!
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Re: tramadol addiction withdrawal and other drugs

Postby fibro-lu » Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:59 pm

sorry to hear you go through the same :cry: but equally glad that I am not on my own coming off :hugs:

Gabapentin? is it supposed to help you to come off or is it a switch to another drug or both?

I am sooooo fed up to poison myself and still feel rubbish and disabled (or because of it?)
there is something called "thomas recipe" but don't think can get my head around that
here's one of many links
http://www.drugs.com/forum/featured-con ... 35169.html

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Re: tramadol addiction withdrawal and other drugs

Postby whoami » Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:55 pm

When we take medication it is our responsibility as to what we put in our bodies. We have to decide if the benefits of a new medication out weighs the side effects. We need to gather the info about the drug and make the decision as to if we take it.

All medications have side effects and withdrawal symptoms. Some mild others serious. It once again once again comes down to the benefit of the drug.

I take one of the strongest narcotics on the market. I know if I ever decide to stop taking the medication the experience will not be a good one, possibly needing some sort of outside program to help.

I have discussed this with both my Dr's and pharmacist. I am secure in the info I have been given

Right now, the medication is what allows me to function. I have been on the same dose for over 7 years and manage with something lighter for breakthrough pain. The pharmacist has informed me that there are many of his clients that have been on this medication for years, since it came out.

If the medication is being taken how it should be and at the right dose then side effects should be minimal. Quite often when side effects are strong it is because the dose is too much, your body is getting more than it needs. For pain, what your pain receptors do not use to control the pain, the rest would present itself in side effects, drowsiness etc. so I am told by pharmacist.

It all comes down to us. We are responsible to know what we take and the effects, good or bad. We have to decide the benefits.

I know until there is a cure, I will likely be taking this medication for life. I am not going to concern myself, at least worry about, any withdrawel symptoms or what else it could be doing to my body.

Right now, I am able to function, enjoy life as much as possible. Right now, I live.
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Re: tramadol addiction withdrawal and other drugs

Postby AJay71 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:31 pm

I have been taking various pain and anti inflamatory meds for the last 20 years.
About 12 years ago a new GP put me on Tramadol instead of Dihydracodeine and it was the worst thing I'd ever been given!

For a start it did not even touch my pain. My husband said he did not recognise me ~ my personality completely changed. I became a crazy bitch and violent and we nearly split up! Then I started having weird episodes which ended up in me having a full on fit where I lost consciousness.

At that point my husband said no more.

I was also given Vioxx as a new anti inflamatory which made my legs swell up to 3 times their normal size and damaged my kidneys to the paint I was passing blood.

Needless to say I changed GP and every specialist that I have ever seen my husband stops them when they suggest Tramadol or anything with Tramadol in.
And Vioxx was banned.

I just stopped the Tramadol ~ I had to.

These days I am managing on Acupan for pain. Lodine for inflamation. Baclofen for night spasms and Diazepam for flare ups and crippling muscle spasms. oh I also take cymbalta and omeprazole to protect my tummy.

Obviously we are all different when it comes to pain and what works for us.
But I would never recommend Tramadol to anyone.
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Re: tramadol addiction withdrawal and other drugs

Postby fibro-lu » Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:31 pm

hi whoami,
I am glad you found something that helps you.

wrote a long post and whoosh it went up into thin air :crazy:

days later another attempt but this time after withdrawal :-D

I totally agree with you that it is our own responsibility what we put in our bodies. Benefits have to out weigh the bad stuff.

I do remember I begged my GP to give me something stronger. He than prescribed Tramadol. I was glad and it worked somehow, thou not really, but better than what he gave me prior etc, so at least at the beginning I thought I found some relieve
:yikes: and I even posted on this forum :yikes: that the combo of Tramadol and Paracetamol works for me!!!! :yikes:

Down the time line Tramadol turned against me. But b/c I was so used to it I didn't realised that. I will even go this far to say that this drug created a mind of its own :twisted: , has increased my pain levels in order to be fed more of the same! :nono:

I tapered down and then went through a week of horror due to withdrawal
:yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes:
(nightmares, shaking, sweating, vomiting my guts out, horrendous pains, diahria, rage, feeling sick as a dog, wanting to die, aggressive, couldn't even keep a sip of water inside, head splitting migrains which made me pass out, spasms, brain zaps, dizzy, etc etc to name a few).
Followed by days of slowly getting better. :sick: :sick: :sick:

I am clean of Tramadol now :-D and I haven't felt as good as this for a long time, physically, mentally, emotionally, you name it.
Going through that made me stronger and I know I can endure a lot more now and I will keep my hands well off that drug.

Tramadol is something I can only advise people to stay off of it, maybe it is b/c it is a mixture of all sort etc, I don't know.
I am aware a lot of you lovies take it and swear that it helps you, that's fine by me, if you have any doubts and would like to hear more please pm me.
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Re: tramadol addiction withdrawal and other drugs

Postby fibro-lu » Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:39 pm

hi, AJay71

thank you for posting :-D
as you can read and imagine from previous post I was not really much on here :crazy:
sorry to hear you had to go through that yourself
glad your husband and you worked it out :hugs:
how are your kidneys and your health in general?
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Re: tramadol addiction withdrawal and other drugs

Postby whoami » Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:52 pm

Fibro-lu.......You should be proud of yourself that you managed to fight through the wicked time of coming off the med.
Congratulations!
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Re: tramadol addiction withdrawal and other drugs

Postby fibro-lu » Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:37 pm

hi whoami/Lorraine :-D

I am just very glad and give God the glory
had a lot of prayers and the healing power of Jesus Christ was apon me too :-D
without Him I would have given in
you can believe me that in those dark days there were only one set of foot prints in the sand but I understood
God bless you
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Re: tramadol addiction withdrawal and other drugs

Postby fibro-lu » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:10 am

over the last 36 hours the roller coaster is on again
starting slowly adding one withdrawal symtom to the next
it is not over just because it went away briefly
stay away from tramadol
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Re: tramadol addiction withdrawal and other drugs

Postby fibro-lu » Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:59 pm

up date

much better, still massive headache :crazy: and in pain - trying to get on with that
went through my med box the other day and found some older (still ok) naproxen, bit of help/relieve - not ideal regards coming of meds

lost about a stone over the last few weeks with all that going on - glad I kept my loved clothes just in case :-D
still feeling sick, thou not being sick
not much of an appetite but eat small chunks of easy food

was finally well enough to see Chinese man for acupuncture and massage
hold him about my head, him and his wife recommanded "yuan hu zhi tong pian" - bought it and took already first round - it's natural and far more down my line
http://www.articledashboard.com/Article ... ain/533824
can I feel already the warmth spreading? I actually think so
might even help with sleep plus mood/depression

all will be well
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Re: tramadol addiction withdrawal and other drugs

Postby whoami » Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:36 pm

Fibro-lu......you are doing great. It makes me feel good to hear how well you are dealing with all the symptoms. Keep up the "great work", it is work.

All the weight you have lost, can your body afford it? I know it is all that is going on that is causing it but try to eat, you don't need anything else added to the stress on your body right now.
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Re: tramadol addiction withdrawal and other drugs

Postby denys » Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:01 am

Well done Lu hope the worst has past and your herbal meds will give you some much needed rest :-D :-D :hugs: :hugs:
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Re: tramadol addiction withdrawal and other drugs

Postby fibro-lu » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:33 am

thank you lorraine and denys

not falling apart, went from just over 12 to just over 11 stone
as soon as I am getting stronger I will start baking and then there's no way in losing more
can't wait for the (dairy-, gluten-, egg-free) mince pies yummy :easter1:

woke up today thinking :chicken-dance: : will go for a swim and sauna - after my 2nd cup of tea however this thought was dismissed :coffee1: - step by step - one day at the time - resting on the couch it will be with a (little) bit of house work or putting all the paper in order - something like this with lots of tea :cup1:
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Re: tramadol addiction withdrawal and other drugs

Postby jackaddict » Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:50 am

I was doing so med research the other week, to see if there was an alternative to codeine that I could take with Venlafaxine, iand I read that the two (Venlafaxine and Tramadol) should not ever be taken together. apparently, they are far too similar in the chemical compound makeup. Both affecting serotonin. My GP did confirm this but who knows, doctors rarely get things right these days.
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