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Long term tramadol use

bd38bbd38 Posts: 18
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Pain Medications
I am wondering what the effects are of using Tramadol over a long period of time. I have a prescription for this to take as needed. In order for me to reduce the pain enough to function, I need to take it on a daily basis. Any people with experience with this med?



  • Being a non-narcotic, I would imagine it is not as harmful long-term. Building up a tolerance may be an issue, which is why I switched. Have you asked your doctor and/or pharmacist about long-term use?
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  • for about 6 months. At first, it worked fairly well and then lost its luster. I had a few days of withdrawal, nothing real bad, a few crying spells and some anxiety. If you decide at some point to discontinue the medication, you can taper your intake. Your doctor can help with that.
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  • Tramadol is marketed as a non opiate but they are finding that withdrawing from tramadol is very, very much like opiate withdrawal. In fact, Tramadol works on the same receptors as opiate pain meds do.
    It can be taken long term, but follow the prescribing doctor's directions , and don't stop taking it suddenly.
  • I have been taking it at different doses sense about 1999 and I am fine...

    No really no real problem at all.

    Life is good.
  • I have been taking tramadol since 2003. i usually take anywhere from 3-5 tablets a day as i suffer pain in my neck and upper back caused from a broken C-3, and dislocated C-4 and C-5. i now have an H-Plate in my neck and therefore suffer from pain on a daily basis. i am 22 years old and am just a little concerned about the long term effects that the tramadol may have on my long term health? i am slowly getting use to the fact that ill be taking tramadol for the res tof my life, so i am trying to find out as much about tramadol as possible. if anyone can answer and inform me about long term effects of tramadol, i would greatly appreciate it.
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  • Adam,
    Your best bet for information regarding long term usage, would be to look it up on one of the drug /medication sites, and to discuss it with your pharmacist. I do know that you aren't supposed to take more than 400 mg a day of it, no matter what.
    I found references on wiki and of course the manufacturer's as well as drugs.com website. It is pretty easy to locate.
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