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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Pain Medications
Hi all. Is TRAMADOL addictive ?


  • I was on it for a year and weaned myself off along with Lyrica. Personally, yes I think it can be addicting and my pharmacist agrees. My pain doc, however, says no. I definitely had nasty withdrawal coming off even with a taper and that was at only 100mg. a day. On the plus side, it helped with my anxiety and to sleep better. It probably knocked my pain level down a notch or two, so I didn't think it was worth it to keep taking. I'm going to give Celebrex a try now in my never ending search for better pain control.
  • It works on opiod receptors, so can be addictive.

  • I've been on it a few times in my life, and I've had no problems stopping it. Maybe it's because it did virtually nothing for me. That being said, every person is different and reacts differently to medication, so it may very well have addictive qualities for someone else.
  • Following is a review from EDITED **

    I had open heart surgery 7 weeks ago and for the first 10 days took Tramadol. It is a very effective drug, however my system rejected it. I had projectile vomiting, cold sweats, hallucinations and severe shaking and the inability to sleep at all. I was unable to keep it down so had to stop immediately which is not recommended. The withdrawal symptoms even after only 10 days mirrored those of a drug addict and were brutal. However, I do acknowledge just how much pain it was masking and how well I felt on it prior to rejection.

    Hope this helps you. It may not be narcotic but it is addictive.

    Kind regards

    ** Edited - Poster may not realize that link was for an on-line pharmacy, which is a "NO-NO" on Spine-Health
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