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How Addictive is Tramadol, Really?

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by SF13, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. SF13

    SF13 Member

    My old neighbor became highly addicted to this medication due to severe pain in his back, among other things. It took him the better part of two years to finally work himself free of it. What I wonder is if this is normal for people who take it, or did he fall down the pain-rabbit hole?
  2. Giftbearer

    Giftbearer Member

    This drug is an opioid derivative but is generally considered somewhat less addictive than most prescription medications used for pain.

    One problem with Tramadol is that after a certain amount of time it often loses its effectiveness, so if someone reacts by taking more than directed that can lead to an addiction.

    It is recommended that if the medication loses its effectiveness that the patient have the doctor change it to another medication. That is the best way to prevent those sorts of problems.

    I did find one article that says that the marketing plan of the manufacturer was to keep it off the controlled substances list because it would have trouble competing with other medications in that category, some of which were cheaper and more effective.

    Apparently there have been some accidental overdoses with it.
  3. ticktalk

    ticktalk Member

    Tramadol is addictive, hence its recent change to a schedule IV drug Aug 18, 2014.

    For years tramadol was seen as basically harmless and not even under the Controlled Substance Act, due to a key study indicating tramadol had the potential to be abused having been overlooked. Apparently the FDA focused on injected Tramadol vs oral administration and relied heavily on European usage to render their decision.

    It has been since discovered that tramadol indeed has potential for abuse. Additionally, withdrawal can be long and difficult, especially when larger doses have been taken.
  4. Grimp

    Grimp Member

    I tried Tramadol once, I can definately feel in it a potential for addiction as it feels kind of like a lovely warm comfort blanket to cuddle up to. Its definately a very effective medication for anyone with pain problems. Seems to me this is a very good quality drug to be used as a wizard might use his magic. Only when necessary.
  5. jdroc

    jdroc Active Contributor

    I got prescribe like 120 of these a month for six months. I didn't take them. I hated the side effects. I do think they're addictive though based on other peoples experience. Personally I couldn't go to sleep at all. I stayed up and couldn't stop making these weird movements. They suck. For some strange reason, I've never been prescribed any narcotic pain medicine, even when I was going through serious pain.
  6. Mallard

    Mallard Member

    Tramadol is definitely addictive. After getting off the other opiates I had been addicted to and only having been in recovery for a short period, I had to have surgery. I was petrified!! I had to have something for pain, and was scared that it would kick off my addiction. I discussed my issue with the doctor and told him absolutely NO VICODIN since this had been my drug off choice. He prescribed Tramadol. I thought I'd be fine, but even taking it as prescribed felt wonderful!! I could see I had the potential for going down the old road again, so I gave my bottle to a family member who gave me my dose exactly as prescribed and I was able to come through it without falling back into the abyss, but the potential was definitely there.

    I'm actually glad they have changed it to a scheduled drug. Otherwise, unsuspecting users would think it's ok, not addictive, and fall headlong into something that might have been avoided.
  7. Determined2014

    Determined2014 Senior Contributor

    I have taken tramadol,in many different ocassions, but I never felt or do not feel anything about it that could make me addictive to it, I never felt any different when I took it for pain.
  8. Mockingbird

    Mockingbird Member

    I was switched from Loritab to Tramadol for my herniated discs after they started making doctors jump through hoops to prescribe Loritab. I have to say I am much happier with the Tramadol and actually do not fear getting hooked as much as I did while taking the Loritabs. I was under the impression that Tramadol was more like an mood enhancer then a pain killer. It sends an"all is well" signal to the brain that stops inflammation. I usually fine a day or so is enough, then I go back to just using the iboprophen , it seems at least for me anyways, the trick is not to let the muscles get all swollen. When they do I pay big time, otherwise it is just dealing with the arthritis that has seemed to set in. I do fine if I take it much more then a few days afterwards when I stop I feel sort of meh:( I just chalk that up to the decrease of brain chemicals.
  9. Fern

    Fern Active Contributor

    I tried tramadol before switching to my current morphine/percoset regime. I don't find it to be very effective for the pain in the prescribed dose and the slight overdose high isn't as good as some other things I've been given. On the other hand, anyone who is on long term pain killers is likely to fall down the rabbit hole and become dependent to the point where weaning off them is not fun. For many meds, the pain clinic doctors expect you to become dependent and warn you about trying to cold-turkey the medication. And some people are more prone to addictions than others.
  10. GG88

    GG88 Member

    I was prescribed Tramadol for severe back pain recently; I was worried about taking them (as I am with most prescription drugs) so I asked around amongst my friends to see what they knew about them.

    Most of them told me not to touch them, but the pain was so bad I needed to get some rest. Once was enough. I took the prescribed dose at bedtime, fell asleep instantly, and 10 hours later I was still struggling to fully wake up. My husband said I was like a zombie, and it wasn't until 4pm that day that I started to feel like myself again. That said, they killed the pain and allowed me to get some much needed restful sleep.

    Sometimes you just need to get rid of the pain so that rest and sleep can help you to heal. I wouldn't like to feel this way in the long term though.
  11. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    It's no surprise when people become dependent on Tramadol and other painkillers. It's often easier for doctors to prescribe something to mask the pain rather than investigate and try to correct the root cause of it.
  12. petesede

    petesede Active Contributor

    That really is the secret. Tramadol should only be used for injuries where the pain is expected to last a short time. Tramadol quickly loses effectiveness and if you give it to a person with long-term pain, they will find ways to take more than is safe.
  13. bobbilady52

    bobbilady52 Member

    Tramadol is baaad!! If you really need it for a short term fine but please don't think it's okay to take for a period of time. I had a lot of surgeries, which were back to back, so they loaded me up with tramadol. It was 50 mg and I took 6 pills a day and than it went to 10. Your right Petesede it will get weaker and you want more to get that high or fix your pain. What I did was cut back slowly and thank god I am off those terrible pills. Yes I did get some with draws like lose of appetite, weight loss, insomnia, mood swings, night sweats, chills, vomiting. So today I am a happy camper and I feel SAFE!!
  14. SJE

    SJE Member

    That sounds like quite a scary and isolating experience. You must be a very strong person! Telling your doctor was very brave, and giving control of your painkillers to your family so that you wouldn't relapse was not only the right thing to do but must have been very hard.

    You deserve a high five for being a great example and an inspiration to everyone else out there who's struggling with substance abuse! o/
  15. Matthodge1

    Matthodge1 Community Champion

    Very. If you can't tell from any of the stories above, Tramadol is extremely dangerous and should not be tampered with.
  16. Metalhead

    Metalhead Member

    Tramadol is very addictive. I attempt to caution everybody I can about it. The most I ever took was 150 mg. I thought it was a marvel drug in light of the fact that I have a physically requesting job and it provided for me unlimited vitality and taking ceaselessly the majority of my back agony. Alternately to be more exact, it didn't generally take away the pain, simply made me ready to adapt to the agony. I just got to be mindful that I was dependent the day I was because of go to the pro about my back and I chose not to take any so I was more ready to portray and pinpoint the torment. On the route to the doctor's facility I started to feel panicky, and my body felt frail and hurt everywhere. I needed to shout and cry. I had an inclination that I was almost passing out with laughter. The specialist was so worried about me that he kept in touch with my GP proposing assorted types of tests be done. It was just a couple of days after the fact that I started to connect the dots and understand that it was Tramadol withdrawal that made me feel like that.

    It got to be bad to the point that one day when I had lost my pills I for all intents and purposes shredded the house searching for them. I got to be suspicious that my girlfriend was concealing them from me. When I discovered them, I brought down one straight away and felt 100% better an hour later. It was then that I concluded that I couldn't have cared less the extent to which they accomplished for my torment, I was going to stop. I figured out how to get down to two a day (100 mg) effortlessly. Anyhow going down to 50 mg was much harder. At the same time the most exceedingly terrible was falling off the last 50 mg. They don't make any littler dosages along these lines I needed to open the containers and vacant out a large portion of the powder and afterward reseal it. I figured out how to fall off the last 25 mg by taking it exchange days and after that like clockwork until at long last getting 'clean'.
  17. My oldest brother was addicted to Tramadol. He had an honorable discharge from the army and suffered a lot of PTSD. When he got home he had to have lots of surgeries for his back and hand inguries. Once he started getting hooked on his pain killers things just got waaay worse. He would pop pills like clock work
  18. NanaTracyAnn

    NanaTracyAnn Member

    I took Tramadol for pain in my shoulder and neck. I must say, the pain remained and all that Tramadol did was made my gait very unsteady for about a 24 hour period, and made me very sick to my stomach. Never did Tramadol take my pain away.
  19. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    Tramadol is not just addictive, it's physically addictive. My brother was prescribed the stuff for many years due to an accident he had when he was just ten years old. He is now 32 and was prescribed the Tramadol due to ongoing problems and pain as a result of that accident. He only stopped taking it recently and had great difficulty in doing so. Tramadol is a Class C controlled substance in the UK and it has been linked to hypoglycemia recently.
  20. awesomeaniruddh

    awesomeaniruddh Active Contributor

    Tramadol is addictive because once you start using it, you can't stop. If you do, you feel extreme pain and withdrawal symptoms. This is because Tramadol is an opiate and also has seratonin releasing properties.