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I need help (any input on your experience with ultram)

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Pain Medications
I was wondering what everyone's experience with ultram has been. I really appreciate any input as this drug is the only one my doctor might administer as i have been honest with him about my addictive personality.

PS if anyone could compare the relief to 5/500 hydrocodone I would appreciate it



  • They do help me to a degree. They come in 50mg tabs. I was on 400 mg a day. The max allowable.
    I was on them for almost 4 years.
    I will say they did not work like a hydrocodone.
    At first I got the racey feeling/very tired. Then that stopped after my body got immuned to them.

    They took the edge off a bit. But always with meds they are going to work for one person and not the other.

    Of course anymore questions about them the pharmacy or the dr can answer them best.

    Good luck with them!!!
  • I have had experience with ultram . I have had 2 spinal surgies/ 2 fusions. Ultram did take the edge off a bit but it gave me cold sweats any many nightmares. I can't really compare it to hydrocodone becaus ethat didn't work for me at all.

    I wish you luck and I know what pain feels like.
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  • Thanks guys i appreciate it . And yea it has a different effect on everyone so ill have to find out on my own.
  • I am on Tridural (tramadol er), I find that it helps take the edge off, but causes a lot of nausea and loss of appetite. It won't hurt to try it, like you said, meds work differently for everyone.
  • Migraines from the med. There are a lot of weird side effects on this med. One person even was fainting from it.
    For the pain - it did take the edge off for me for longer that 5/500 did. Thats one good thing about it - it holds true to the time it dulls the pain.
    Good luck.

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  • Thank you everyone. Any extra personal experience with the drug would be helpful I appreciate it maybe we can turn this thread into a sticky , as tramadol seems to be a big ? around here
  • That was me who was fainting. Because I already have low blood pressure, and ultram can cause sudden changes in blood pressure, which in turn caused me to faint... fun fun fun
  • I was taking tramadol for about a month. It did ok for the pain, wasn't great, but it was enough. Kept me awake, and energetic. I would be careful though, as tramadol while not narcotic, can also be addictive. It says so in the paper that comes with it, that it should not be used by anyone with a history of abuse.

    However... I have heard it prescribed to a lot of people who aren't supposed to take narcotics because of prior abuse. If taken as prescribed, you should do fine.

    I can't really compare it to vicodin. Pain relief wise, I would say its close. I noticed a mild mood boost with it, very subtle. It helps a lot with fatigue. If I took it anytime after noon, I had a real hard time sleeping at night.

    I recently stopped taking it because it was giving me a racing heart, I felt like I had drank a pot of coffee. Tramadol can cause you to feel dizzy/faint upon standing. I typically have low blood pressure, so I did actually faint a few times. If it makes you feel faint when you stand up, it says to stand up very slowly, so your blood pressure doesn't drop too much.

    Good Luck!!
  • For Tramadol / Ultram, the only side effect I've really noticed is if I do not take with food, it makes me quite nauseous. Compared to hydrocodone, the relief is not the same, but you also don't have that feeling of elation, which might be the initial temptation for addiction with hydrocodone. Hydrocodone also makes me quite nauseous without food, and sometimes even with food. I'd say both give some level of pain relief, you really need to try for yourself and work with your doc on the right dosage.

    Just my $.02.
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  • Great input thanks :)))
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