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Old 02-09-2018, 07:57 PM
 
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I was just rxed the medicine tramadol, and was wondering if it's addictive, dangerous, helpful with fibro pain. Any one experienced with this drug?
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:28 PM
 
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I took tramadol daily for 3 months and also took it after several surgeries. It's a good pain reliever. Someone told me that it upset her stomach but I've never had any unpleasant side effects. I also never got addicted to it and was able to stop taking it when the need was done.

I adopt only older dogs and the last two dogs have needed tramadol daily (in addition to another drug) for arthritis. Neither dog had any negative side effects.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:05 AM
 
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I have an ongoing script for tramadol, and it helps for FM. If you need a little stronger or want to use less, take it with Acetaminophen.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:31 PM
 
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I felt very anxious when I was taking this drug years ago. it also seemed like I was sweating more.

Tolerance builds up extremely fast too.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:33 PM
 
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Tolerance builds up extremely fast too.

Tramadol is not supposed induce tolerance, but if it does, stop for a few days and go back. Just like with opioids.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:41 PM
 
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When Tramadol first came to market it was a non scheduled medication meaning it wasn't classified in the same way as narcotics. It was first thought that Tramadol was not addictive but that has proven not to be true.

Technically not an opiate, Tramadol works on the same pain receptors as opiates called mu receptors.

We now know there is an abuse potential and withdrawal symptoms can be seen with Tramadol so it is a scheduled medication.

Because of its unique mechanism of action this medication carries a risk of Serotonin Syndrome not seen with opiates, the risk is higher in folks already taking anti depressants.

All that being said, Tramadol is a relatively safe pain medication when taken as directed with less abuse potential than narcotics
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:44 PM
 
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Didn't know that. Thanks!
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:52 PM
 
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Tried Tramadol yrs ago and it did nothing...got rid of it. Opiods terrible and got rid of them as soon as I could. Ibuprofen and what other stuff I use works well enough for the Fibro (I wonder about that dx) and arthritis and have learned to live with some pain.
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Old 02-11-2018, 03:43 PM
 
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Works for me! I take Lyrica every day but sometimes I need to do strenuous work, like in the yard, and it works fabulously. I'm very thankful to have found something to help, as I would be pretty miserable if I had to go clothes shopping with DD or do yard work....Tylenol, Motrin, Aleve -- none of that had any effect at all on the pain, even at prescription strengths.

I use it only occasionally, though, so I have not built up any tolerance. I go to the doctor every 6 months and one bottle more than does me for that period of time. (I cut them in halves and fourths and take only as much as I need. I haven't taken a whole one since the very first one about a year ago.)
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:33 PM
 
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I have an ongoing script for tramadol, and it helps for FM. If you need a little stronger or want to use less, take it with Acetaminophen.
I would caution to make sure it doesn't already contain this. So many already are mixed, and it's toxic to the liver.
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