Wednesday July 30th 2014

Is Tramadol a narcotic?

Is Tramadol a Narcotic?

Yes and No. No, Tramadol is not officially classed as a federal narcotic by either the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) or the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The original classifications created by Controlled Substances Act of 1970 are now monitored and changed by the DEA and the FDA, but neither recognizes Tramadol as a narcotic. Instead, Tramadol is in a class of medications called opiate agonists. However, Tramadol is classified as a narcotic in some states such as Virginia and Kentucky.

Should Tramadol classification change?

Given the addictive nature of all opioid drugs, it might make sense to class Tramadol as a narcotic. In a legal sense, most opium, opium derivatives, and their semi-synthetic substitutes are already considered narcotics. Furthermore, Tramadol can be addictive and is prone abuse and misuse. One argument that manufacturers of Tramadol is is that the medicine is rarely addictive in people who genuinely need them to control pain, and is slow acting.

But given the efficacy of Tramadol, its physical dependence and necessary withdrawal when you stop taking it, I believe that this drug should be classified a narcotic, in order to create legal consequences for those who are taking Tramadol for non-medical reasons. Here is a list of why I believe this:

PROS – Why Tramadol should be a narcotic

* technically a narcotic b/c it binds at opiate receptors in the brain
* high potential for non medical abuse
* current high rates of misuse
* easy to obtain, sell or distribute

CONS – Why Tramadol should not be a narcotic

* legitimate medical use of Tramadol may be affected

Discussion

What do you think? Should Tramadol remain unclassified? Or should it become a narcotic?  Your comments, experience and opinions are welcomed and will be posted here.

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97 Responses to “Is Tramadol a narcotic?
Filovi
6:43 pm October 27th, 2010

Hey, I think your mostly on track with this, I won’t say I totally agree , but its not really that big of a issue.

8:04 pm October 28th, 2010

Not sure what you mean, but Tramadol can get you really messed up. Do you have any experience to share?

trammy hooked
6:55 pm November 2nd, 2010

im hooked very bad you can get a bottle of 100 pills 100mg in mexico and there legal to bring across i go through a bottle a week

Paul
10:06 am May 28th, 2011

I’m a nurse who suffers from chronic pain from a back injury and have over the years become very familiar with just about every pain medication from non-narcotic to narcotic out there and can clearly say that anyone who thinks that Tramadol isn’t just as much of a narcotic as vicodin either doesn’t know what they’re talking about, only believes what they’ve been taught or has something to gain from the sales of the product. I can take a vicodin, narco or tramadol with the same effect; Warm, soothing, calming opiate based results that turns to lethargy with over use, no longer works to relieve pain in time, perpetuate insomnia and sickness when usage stops.
Sounds like addiction to me. Or I can always chug some NyQuil that always works as well. The drug companies just like the cigarette companies are in the business of making money. Addictions a good way to insure profitability and as we all know pharmaceutical medications are the fastest growing areas of abuse in the US today. Thank the lobbyists.

Brenda
12:12 am June 24th, 2011

Tramadol is not addicting

betty
7:17 pm July 16th, 2011

i think this is a joke seriously so say if your fasmily member leaves a few tramadol at your house and the police raid ur house u will get in trouble for having them even though they are not yours its really stupid people getting high off tramadol!

Brenda
9:14 pm July 16th, 2011

I wish paul would tell us what he uses for chronic pain. If you are in pain even aspirin can be considered addictive – as you have to have it.
I have taken aspirin until blood vessels in my eyes burst , stomach burned, and every bump was a bruise.
Tylenol – you cannot take it every day – I tried – causes extreme and strange muscel spasmsand causes my blood pressure to go sky high.
Ibuprophin – took it until stomach burning could no longer be tolerated and it caused brusing and extreme face sweating.
Vicodin – has tylenol
Vioxx – offf market now -due to heart problems chemical smelling very loose bowels – swelling of eyelids, face , ankles. -
Celebrex same as Vioxx.
Arthrotec – chem smelling loose stools so bad you cannot leave home.
Mobic – did not use very long
all these things very expensive and no better pain relief than aspirin.

Now I take tramadol.
no stomach pain – I take 50 mg tabs so I can adjust dose according to pain. Usually only take 1 in am and 1 in pm. If I have a bad pain I take a bit more.
I sometimes and 1 aspirin or a naproxin.
I have no side effects, and my stomach has healed up.
I do not feel it is addicting.
If you people have any other things that can be taken that is safer than tramadol for pain I would like to know about it.

Linda Clary
1:25 am July 19th, 2011

Hello Brenda! I am 64 and have lupus and fibromyalgia and take no pair medicine but surely need somthing. I have tried everything but except narcotics. Doctors are very hesitant to prescribe “DRUGS” for pair. I have a rhruemathologist (probably-misselled both words!) that gave me a RX for Tramadol and it was like taking an asprin. I am glad it worked for you. Thank God I have a high pain tolerance. Otherwise, I would have blown my brains out by now. I keep praying that by some miracle SOMEONE will come up with a NON addictive pain pill that we can take so we can walk and be able to take part in family activities – - – like boating. I wish you good health my friend.

Linda Clary
11:58 pm July 27th, 2011

Someone just sent me an email on Tramadol addiction! Honestly this just blows me away. Maybe I’m in way too much pain or I’m NUTS. When my physician gave me an RX for this and I took the tramadol it did absolutely NOTHING for me. NOTHING !!!!! So I flushed it down the toilet. Anyway, I sure hope it helps some people. However, making this drug classified as a narcotic is crazy. I took two 50 mg. tablets and they did not relieve my paint one at all. So in my book; this should not be in the same family as an “opiate”. I am not a physician, just a 64 year woman with chronic pain. Everyday I pray for a non-narcotic drug to be manufactured for folks like me. I DON’T WANT ( AND WILL NOT TAKE) TO TAKE ADDICTIVE DRUGS. Dear God is there any
alternative? Has anyone got a suggestion?

Linda Clary
12:13 am July 28th, 2011

Drug companies are making a killing off of us! Is there anyway we can put pressure on them to come up with non-narcotic drugs for people with genuine cronic pain? We don’t want to get HIGH we just want to be able to walk, bend, sit, etc. I haven’t been able to grocery shop in 15 YEARS!!! It is the small every day things that would mean the world to us. How do you feel?

missy
8:22 pm September 8th, 2011

please can someone tell me what class type drug tramado is?

2:34 pm September 9th, 2011

Tramadol is a centrally acting synthetic opioid analgesic.

Tara
12:01 pm September 17th, 2011

I am a 33 year old medical assistant who was prescribed Tramadol for pain caused from fibro myalgia. I was very familiar with it because my dad used to take it and shamefully enough…i used to steal them from him. That was just the beginning of my addiction…little did I know it would get way out of hand! I started by taking two or three and until two days ago…I was taking 18-27 at a time! Same effects as herion believe it or not…nodding out and much more! I have since quit taking ALL pain meds as I was tired of having siezures from the abuse! I have two days clean…however…beieve it or not…its truly the worst thing i have gone through! my doctor actually had to prescribe detox meds so I wouldnt be quite as sick! It is a wonderful drug if not abused…in one year I have made my life a complete mess over Tramadol (and others)…if you are prescribed this drug…be very careful and never take more than two at a time because I promise you WILL have a seizure!

Tara
12:10 pm September 17th, 2011

Betty…it may be stupid that people abuse or have abused tramadol…unfortunatley I am one of those people! I have two days off the pain meds however my doctor had to prescribe some detox meds to help ease my detox…and let me tell you…I am very sick! I havent slept in three days and I feel like I have a bad flu bug! But my whole point is people make bad decisions in their life and that doesnt make them stupid…I am a very educated young woman…even went to medical school…Im okay if other people want to judge me…but deep down I know I am simply fixing a mistake I chose to make a year ago

ellen bowland
2:49 am September 22nd, 2011

i also have lupus, fibro, irritable bowl, sjogren’s, and migraines. i was on lortab and soma for the past 2 years and never abused them or had to up the dose; i actually would ration them out to last longer than a month. recently the florida legislature passed a statute that put so much registrictions on doctors prescribing controlled substances that my doc decided not to do it anymore, so she switched me to tramadol…only been on a few days with some relief. if they change tramadol’s statue to opioid, i have no clue what i will take becuz i cant take nsaids cuz im on the highest dose of immunosuppresants that is legal. just praying for legal pain relief.

April
6:43 am September 24th, 2011

Tara I am in the same situation as you but have not stopped taking the tramadol because I am scared of being sick. Would you be willing to talk more with me, privately? Please reply to my comment and I can give you my e-mail address. Thanks.

Mr Gray
7:43 pm October 7th, 2011

For several years Tramadol has helped me function and walk when my pain becomes overwhelming. When I hear other people abusing it, and now in the last few months see how some doctors are increasingly paranoid to treat legitimate pain, I understand why I am being treated like a criminal by my doctors. After over ten urine tests I would hope that one day my Doctors will stop treating me like a drug addict and treat me as a responsible patient with real pain. My MRI shows crushed discs, my pain is real, and I do not take more than prescribed ever. Still Doctors care more about precautionary or preventative defenses in every case, so they don’t end up in court like Conrad Murray. This medication helps with my pain period, yet refills are always more than an act of congress because the doctors are super afraid, and instead of being a patient they are beginning to treat patients like dangerous criminals and our punishment is with holding pain medications. Personally I have taken myself off Tramadol a few times easily, once it was difficult for me, but I am in control and this is why I will not accept anything stronger. I see people taking much stronger forms of pain medications and that means they may never stop being addicted or needing them, me I can stop my medications at will, although not comfortable, and my pain comes back. Then I am forced to resume pain management and take tramadol. This is upsetting that I read about people who take more than they are prescribed, you make legit patients suffer and pay the consequences. My pain is real, so why all the paranoia ?

Mr Gray
7:54 pm October 7th, 2011

Just to be clear my urine tests come back perfectly clean every time. One doctor told me that there is a risk that a person could take an excessive amount and poison themselves and die. So if you took your entire bottle I guess, but I do not take more than two in four to 6 hour period and I even take less the majority of the time. Seriously if I wanted to kill myself, my blood pressure medicine Micardis 80/12.5 HCT
would be easier to overdose on to kill a person. So now that there is a risk of someone killing self with blood pressure medicine, why not stop refills on it too? Because the issue is not about the threat of danger or suicide, the truth is that Doctors are being pressured to treat every patient as a criminal drug addicted evil person, despite the fact that MRI results and other means show real severe pain and that the patients do not abuse the prescription nor consider the medication as a drug for recreational use. Having real pain is not fun, and when you have real pain the medication works to block that pain, and is not used to produce a euphoria state. When you are in real pain, tramadol does not make you feel good, it only prevents you from suffering. But you people who have no pain and get tramadol and then abuse it and overdose on it, and then go to rehabs and emergency rooms with tramadol in your systems, are really making things difficult for all of us legitimate patients. I do not abuse drugs and I am not a drug addict, I have real pain, and so far tramadol has helped block some of that pain along with ibuprofen. That is all I know about it, and to think someday it will be illegal for a doctor to treat legitimate pain means, that it might hurt to much to walk when I throw my back out, and shop or attend school or other important daily activities. Thanks alot for screwing things up for all of us you dope heads.

mike castillo
9:03 pm October 7th, 2011

Tramadol is for the birds especially after 4 major surgeries. However, indeed those other strong ass opioides, will make you feel good rather than releive pain if you abuse them. So personally, Tramadol is just effective as advil or better. take my word

mike castillo
9:10 pm October 7th, 2011

Linda Carrrey, your so friggen right. Trust me. mike castillo

ellen bowland
8:30 pm October 9th, 2011

i have been on tramadol about 3 weeks now after losing lortab and i think it may work even better than the lortab. i even got my husband to get a scrip for chronic knee pain not helped by nsaids and its even helping him. i do believe that true pain patients dont abuse their medicine because they actually need the pain relief so that they can function and try to have a life with their families and friends. i just pray that florida doesnt change tramadols statue to opoid cuz i’d be stuck in bed then…good luck to everyone:)

Michael G.
10:36 am November 5th, 2011

I have been dealing with chronic pain since I was 22. A severe csr accident left me with alot of new hardware throughout my right leg, foot, and ankle.The worst was a degloving injury to my right foot. A degloveing injury is when all the soft tissue is mashed and sepirated from the bones. Tendons and ligaments are basicly destroyed with the nerves being severly dammaged bringing the onset of severe neuropathy. After reading these blogs, I normally don’t put in my two cents but this time all of these answers hit so close to home I felt oblagated.I normally take a 10mg. percocet every six hours. Soma twice a day for muscle cramps, and lyrica 150 mg. every eight hours. By the way folks those of you who haven’t tryed lyrica are really missing out on a very highly bennifical drug for the relief of chronic pain. I recently started taking tramadol in the attempt to have some help with breakthrough pain of the morning and evenings which are the worst times of the day for me After taking it for about three months, I noticed that it just wasn’t working the same like it was. I was tempted to take more but I didn’t.I did however take an extra muscle relaxer.. It was probibly an hour later I began to feel nausous and soooo tired.. I was at my mothers as well so I was trying to hide that fact that I was feeling sick so she wouldn’t worry… It didn’t even suspect in the least what was about ro rake place. I came to in the hospital. The tox screen came back negative for everything except the meds I take.Folks take this seariously. Follow your Drs. orders with this medication… Even taking it propperly , the normal dose can bring on a siecure.So folks you don’t have to be a druggie for this to happen to you. Furthermore to the folks talking about being treeted like a dope head criminals; immagine being 22 and having to plead your case… Even with medical transcripts in a folder about two feet thick.Folks, hang in there and keep reserching and reading, shareing yourthoughts everywhere you can. Who knows, a physician somewhere might read your comments and it change his perception on how he sees people who suffer from chronic pain. We need to stick together and stand our ground until we are nolonger treeted like criminals or drug addicts and given the respect we deserve . If anyone wishes to respond feel free to email me at mlmindwalker#hotmail.com.

Mr. Grimmett
10:44 am November 5th, 2011

You are right. I take lyrica and tramadol both. Lyrica is an outstanding drug for aiding in the relief of chronic pain. The sideeffects are mild depending on the dose and it doesn’t seem to be addictive. Good luck.

ellen bowland
8:24 pm November 5th, 2011

lyrica did not work for me but tryciclids like celexa and cymbalta really help my fibromyalgia and sciatica pain…i do feel like the tramadol may not be as effective as when first i took it but im not going to take it other than prescribed…just gonna have to make do:(

Jessica
5:01 am November 26th, 2011

I take tramadol for chronic left flank pain until doctors and insurance people can do their job right and I can have surgery. It dulls my pain if I take 100-150mg, but still doesn’t stop the pain. I’m not at all addicted to it and dread when I actually do have to take it because it makes me sick. But it is better to be sick then it is to deal with the pain. (Either way, most of the time I still can not function) I don’t think this is anything that even comes close to a narcotic, but we all have different opinions and different reactions to certain medications.

Paul
11:06 pm December 12th, 2011

My doctor just perscribed me Tramadol after I told him that I DO NOT WANT anything narcotic. I was using Ibuprofen for back and knee pain but only took it once or twice a month. I have seen narcotics ruin peoples lives and I refuse to become like them. I can deal with the pain for the most part since I have a high pain tolerence. I think anything that has any narcotics in it should be labeled as such. That is why I refuse to goto any pain clinics. Guess I need to call him and ask why he gave it to me after I stated I did not want it. But I need something more with the cooler and wet weather causing my joints to hurt more.

11:27 am December 14th, 2011

Hi Paul. Just be sure that you understand that Tramadol is not a LEGAL narcotic, although by medical definition as a pain reliever, Tramadol is a narcotic.

mike j
6:14 pm December 23rd, 2011

man tramadol is a miracle drug thank the people who invented it.

ellen bowland
9:58 pm December 27th, 2011

what kind of pain are you using tramadol for mike?

Stephani
7:44 pm February 3rd, 2012

I have taken just about every drug (legal and not) known to man – not proud, was just a rebellious teen. I have been taking Tramadol for a few years now due to severe sciatica and other health probs – the only thing addictive about it is if I don’t take it, I have pain. If I take a whole pill, it wires me to no end, but it CERTAINLY does not have the affect (at least on me) as, say, Lortab or something else in that range. If I don’t need to take the Tramadol (the few times I am not having pain) I in NO WAY whatsoever have withdrawals. It is my personal opinion that this is NOT addictive for anything other than the fact that you MIGHT be addicted to NOT feeling pain when you take it. So…….

Harris
11:05 pm February 7th, 2012

I was taking lortab then percocets while going to physical therapy and to my chiropractor for left lower back and sciatic nerve pain in my leg.. I had enough of that narcotic crap.. I got hooked and went through hell getting off of them .. you will get hooked regardless of your confidence.. Just like ciggs but way worse.. I had pain everywhere.. Then I switched to tramadol and it actually works taking to account my tolerance.. For me, I wouldn’t say its addicting but actually helps stop the pain.. I had different dosages prescribed, 37.5,50 and 100mg I did notice narcotic affects resembling percocets more than lortab at higher doses but without the intense euphoric feeling people get hooked to.. Although similar.. Id recommend it over the tough stuff and I would consider it a narcotic although less habit forming therefore should remain easily accessible for all..

James
5:57 pm February 12th, 2012

I don’t really notice that narcotic effects. I been on vicodin, lortab, and oxycodone and those work way better than tramadol. Now a days doctors try to find alertanatives for narcotics but they don’t always work or have worse symptons. I don’t understand how people can say I’ll never take addictive medicines… If the pain is bad enough you will take what ever works. Personally none of those medications worked as good as medical marijuana and I didn’t have to smoke it. I ate a pill or eatable with no withdrawals what so ever. Its sad that you can’t get the medicine that helps without feeling like a drug addict.

jay
10:39 pm April 10th, 2012

stephani i know what you mean, its called dependacy.

1:00 pm April 11th, 2012

Yes, but keep in mind that physical dependence is possible and is distinctly different than addiction. The one characteristic present during any addiction is mental craving, or obsession.

Kirk Jenkin
8:25 pm June 8th, 2012

I have been useing Tramadol for several years to treat arthritis. I have never had any of the side effects talked about here. (Could that be brcause I take it as my Doctor directs?) I have missed doses sometimes two or three in a row and the only effect I feel is the flair up of arthritis pain in both wrists and my back. If I am addicted to anything it is the ABSENCE of pain in my joints!

4:37 pm June 11th, 2012

Hi Kirk. Thanks for sharing more about your positive experience using tramadol. I’d just say that drugs work differently in each person. I’m glad that tramadol helps your arthritis and that you don’t experience withdrawal when you stop taking it.

cpt.k3rk
11:10 am June 28th, 2012

dont think it should be classed as a federal narcotic, it can be use for many other purposes then just physical pain, such as anxiety, depression, even can be used to help with withdrawls for heavy opiate users to aid them in quitting oxy cottens or heroin

I was on oxys for quite awhile, methadone does work but its gets stuck in your muscles and bone so when you do stop cold turkey all together you sweat and deal with the same withdrawl pain, your just trading 1 withdrawl for another, and and it takes a month to get it out of your system depending how long you were on it,,

and suboxone is so expensive if you dont have insurance, never tried it but read quite few reveiws saying its the same propblem as methadone so I figure I might aswell just go with tramadol since its cheaper, I can get as much as I want and never run outm and its 100% legal perscriptions you can order off the net, the best route to go, thats just my opinion

its a free country I dont see why they wont sell this over the counter like in canada does with codeine, some people really need it and cannot afford the to go to the hospital to get perscriptions

faith
1:13 am July 25th, 2012

i take tramadol daiy for intense burning .aching, shooting pain from my buttocks to my toes. my feet are also numb at times. this all began with a cytomegaloviral illness more tham 2 years ago. the docs and i use the word loosely, treated me like i was “nuts” i went to 12 plus docs my first 6 months of beimg ill and was told there was nothing wrong with me, go back to work. at that time i could hardly walk into the doc ‘s office. i yelled there is something wrong with me. and i have been a r.n. for 30 years. sooo i ended up with a lumbar fusion, with NO relief from pain.the surgeon actually discredited me to other docs. i had to wrote a letter to stop him. hippa you know, now i am being told i have neuropathy from the virus. soooo. i have pain 24/7 for 2 plus years. tramadol and gabapentin help to ease the pain, but not rid me of it. so if i am dependent on a drug, so be it . the alternative is to be in severe pain. and ask me why i had a fusion for neuropathy???? never never never trust a doctor. they do not feel your pain. i just wish all my ignorant doctors could feel what i feel for 72 hours. i think if you are having chronic ongoing unrelived pain take/do whatever you need to find relief. p.s. i was never sick before this and am 60 years old. if you never had pain you just can,t imagine the SUFFERING.

Beth
8:44 pm September 3rd, 2012

I invite people to come back after three years on being on Tramadol. Try to get off of it and see what it does. Because, by then you will be tolerent to that and all other normal doses of narcotis. Getting off Tramadol is the most horrific thing that has happened in my life. Think of countless weeks trying to calm the feeling of “crawling out of your skin” with no where to turn for help? Guess what? Detox won’t take you. So you are off to fend for yourself as your world falls apart. I dare you to try. This HAS to be a narcotic. I have a couple weeks to go and I’ll be fine. But I’m on a mission.

Mike
3:49 pm September 16th, 2012

I just took my first dose of Tramadol last night at Midnight (100mg). It was prescribed by my VA doctor to treat a sciatic nerve problem I have. It didn’t kick in for about 2 hours. Possibly because I had a big dinner. But when it did kick in, holy smokes! I woke up and my head was totally spaced out. The pain I went to bed with was gone, but it was definitely a powerful drugged feeling. It’s 9:47AM and I am still experiencing a residual effect. This is definitely something I will take for extreme, emergency pain situations only.

Mike
11:32 pm September 30th, 2012

I have taken 7 doses of tramadol. Two 50mg pills each dose once in the evening each day. When I first started taking it, it was pretty effective against my sciatic nerve pain in my leg. I also experienced the weird “slow motion” effect of my body moving VERY slowly. And there was a weird “head trip” of my head feeling “spacey”. Now, I don’t experience either, but I do wake up in the middle of the night with insomnia. Seems like my brain is in overdrive and I get streaming thoughts” going through it. Last night I didn’t take any and suffered a minor insomnia attack. For th4e life of me i can’t figure why anyone would take this drug for it’s “effects”. I don’t enjoy them at all and onmly take it for the sciatic nerve pain.

2:22 pm October 2nd, 2012

Hi Mike. Thanks for sharing more about how tramadol affects your body and mind. Some people are just hard wired (scientists postulate) to be more prone to enjoying psychoactive effects than others. I do wonder, though, if there are other treatments out there for nerve pain that don’t have these unwanted side effects. The night waking and the panic does not sound appealing!

Mike
2:02 pm October 22nd, 2012

More info on the effects of Tramadol:
I have discovered that the drug is more effective when take on an empty stomach or after a light meal (soup and sandwich). I still only take it before bedtime. No way I would take this during the day. If you have to drive or operate any kind of machinery, it’s just too risky. It is still effective for my sciatic nerve pain and also seems to work for arthritis pain. And I agree 100% with Mr. Gray and Faith who posted above. I have no problems going off Tramadol and only take it when needed for pain. That is maybe 2-3 times a week. Sometimes less. The insomia I was going through when I initially started taking it has disappeared. The only negative effect I have with it is occasional constipation. And now that my body has adjusted to it that has been greatly reduced. BTW…I am 63 years old. My pain tolerance is pretty high, but the sciatic nerve pain is more than I can take without help.

airsoft
2:06 pm November 22nd, 2012

My pain tolerance is pretty high, but the sciatic nerve pain is more than I can take without help.

JimA
4:13 pm December 3rd, 2012

Hi Everyone. I am 66 and arthritic. I needed a hip replacement and was prescribed Hydrocodone for the pain 10/500. First at every 4 hours. I waited too long to get the hip replaced, because I try to let my body heal all ills, but I was down to bone on bone, and I had episodes that left me crying the pain got so bad, and I am not a cryer. I finally got my hip replace, and continued the use Hydrocodone after the replacement for the pain after the surgery. That was in May. I am now healed, but have continued use of the hydro since May but at two pills a day. I went to one pill a day, breaking them in half for a couple of week now, now I am down to one half just at bedtime. I called my Dr. for a refill and he prescribed Tramadol as a substitute. He said that I should stop taking an opiate, even though I never abused the use of the drug, and only increased use in a weather change, which can really lay me low.

Bottom line is that after reading the posts here, and going through the anxiety of weaning myself off the Hydro, I think I am going to try something Natural Like Kratom Leaf extract, because they say its not addicting.

I think that the answer, for those of you that can tolerate it, is to get some exercise, even if its just a little bit. That helps a lot, when I can do it. The thing that really upsets me about the current situation is the fact that so many people, take narcotics to get high, when they don’t need them for pain, and that has ruined it for people that really need them for pain.

There was a show on TV the other night and the US, which has 5% of the worlds population, consumes 85% of the worlds prescribed narcotics. Opioid use is clearly out of control, like everything else in the US.

JimA to Mike
4:18 pm December 3rd, 2012

Hi Mike,

Go to a good orthopedic doc and have them take X-rays. I had sciatica, and it was totally related to my hip. Hip replaced, sciatica gone. Check it out.

Mike
5:56 pm December 9th, 2012

JimA: Sciatic pain has almost completely disappeared. I get VA coverage and they verified it was nerve problems in my back. I think it is also affecting my left arm and shoulder, as I was getting the “pins and needles” feelings and some moderate pain in the shoulder. That has subsided, but I still have a weird feeling in my thumb. All through that pain Tramadol has been an excellent pain reducer.

Jake
9:06 pm December 13th, 2012

If you are looking to catch a buzz on tramadol you got to take more than 2. At least 4 or 5 (50 ml). In NY it is still not a narcotic so the doctor can call them in to the drug store. It also helps if you cannot get vicodin or percocets because the doctor will not give them to you or you have depleted your savings account and cannot afford to get them in the streets. I must warn you that the withdrawl is just as bad or worse.

Lisa
10:51 pm December 17th, 2012

I had a 7 panel drug test it shwed up i had cocain in system’ Could that be the tramadol

chuck
7:33 am December 24th, 2012

I’ve been taking tramadol for about 2 years after injuring my shoulder in a car accident. It works well for the pain and also as an anti depressant which was a surprising unintended benifit. I was prescribed different anti depressants before including imiprimine trazadone many others that did nothing (lexapro). Tramadol not only works for pain but also is an excellent antidepressant. I believe it’s chemically related to effexor? Anyway shouldn’t be put on controlled substances list. My doc hated to prescribe scheduled meds. And I like my doc. If it was scheduled I would be forced to find other methods to obtain my medications so I can function. Codeine is availabile without prescription in some countries. Why the need to control ever hing in US?
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Michael
9:15 am January 6th, 2013

I’V been taking tramal 150mg 2 daily modified release tab for 5 years it has changed me in many ways for the worst my personality ect. I want to get of these but i can’t. Anyone who says they are non addictive don’t know what their on about.

Mike
5:52 pm January 10th, 2013

Michael: You don’t give any details on WHY you are taking Tramadol. Also no details on the changes you say you have had. Are you taking them for pain? Have you tried cutting back on the doseage?

Tom
12:21 am January 19th, 2013

Hey,
I have chronic lower back pain from working in construction. My doctor recommended Tramadol HCL ER 100 mg. It worked for awhile and then he bumped me up to 200mg. It helps alot. I have tried vicodin and percocets in the past however Tramadol works well without the narcotic feeling. It takes about two hours before you will notice anything.

Mike
4:24 pm January 24th, 2013

Tom: I agree 100%. I had a slight “narcotic feeling” the first time I took it, but it went away after that. I recently went to the VA doctor that prescribed tramadol and gave him a glowing report on how well tramadol relieves the pain from my sciatic nerve as well as the arthritis in my knees. By relieving the pain in those areas I am now able to be more active and I actually lost 7 pounds of weight.

lynn b
3:53 am February 25th, 2013

i have had severe restless leg syndrome for over 20 years. add fibromyalgia about 5 years ago. i went weeks without sleep and often was in so much pain at night that i screamed. i walked around the house all night because i could not lay down. tons of sleep meds never worked (ambien is hell) and pain meds a joke. finally about 2 years ago my v.a. doc put me on tramadol. it has completely transformed my life! my fibro is gone (unless i miss my meds) and i can lie down at night comfortably. i now go to sleep about 4 a.m. and get 5-6 hours. i consider tramadol a miracle drug and frankly don’t care if i am addicted! i have had no side effects.

Mike
7:14 pm April 8th, 2013

Well after six months of taking tramadol the only negative side effect for me had been constipation. And I mean REAL BAD constipation. I won’t go into the disgusting details, suffice it to say I had to “manually” assist myself in passing my bowels. The counter to this problem for me is Dulcolax stool softener and drinking LOTS of water.

kevin
1:01 am April 28th, 2013

tramadol is not an effective painkiller i prescribed a few and they did not work at all i got more relief from advil and my doctor even said it was a joke

Mike
2:43 pm April 29th, 2013

kevin: Maybe it doesn’t work for you, but do you think those of us it does work for would spend money on it if it DIDN’T work? Advil does nothing to stop my sciatic nerve pain. I could take ten of them and it still wouldn’t work.

Jake
3:24 pm May 27th, 2013

It just became a controlled substance in NY.

Mike
1:55 pm May 28th, 2013

Just another reason, along with their gun laws, to NOT live in New York.

Ken
1:18 pm June 27th, 2013

The VA gave me Tramadol for Stenosis pain five years ago. I tried to quit taking this crap to many times to count by weaning doses and within a few days was feeling terrible really ill shaky and not centered at all. VA tells me no one has ever come to them with this problem. Not true! I read that there are hundreds of GI’s on this crap and they are addicted. I spoke to the VA doctor and they say weaning is it and what was the matter with me? It’s easy they said. When I told them I tried many times to wean myself off as the book says to do. They said the only alternative they have is to put me in mental health as a drug abuser. Imagine that. Anyone ready for Obamacare?
I get sessions in a group with real drug abusers and all I with some sort of counter non addicting drug that will ease the awful symptoms of withdrawl so I can get my life back on track.

Mike
3:44 pm June 28th, 2013

Ken: Just curious, but WHY did you try to stop taking it. Was the Stenosis cured? I have had no problem not taking it cold turkey with no weaning. The problem is when I stop taking it the sciatic nerve pain in my leg is unbearable. After reading about stenosis, it seems like it is up to YOU to treat it. You should have done research on Stenosis before taking Tramadol.

Ken
8:35 pm July 1st, 2013

Mike

Tramadol was prescribed to me as a non narcotic pain killer. There was no info disgussed that it could be addictive. Stenosis can become less painful over time with steroid injections directly into the spine. After a few months the pain lessened and I wanted to stop taking tramadol. I found I got sick disoriented and confused.

Mike
4:11 pm July 3rd, 2013

Ken: One thing I do BEFORE taking ANY medication is to research it online. I have a VA doctor and they don’t tell you anything about what they are prescribing. And the VA are notorious “pill pushers”. All I can suggest is to try tapering off it by reducing the amount you take on a WEEKLY basis. And do it by 1/4 pill incements so that it doesn’t have such a drastic effect. Your are gonna need a pill cutter. ;-)

Mike

335i
5:50 am July 4th, 2013

As we can see from the various people and their posts, any chemical can effect different people differently.
I have deteriorating disc’s in my lower back, along with stenosis in the lower vertebra. This had resulted in sciatica causing pain mainly in the left buttock area running down my left leg with burning pain, as well as tightening of the left leg muscles from the left buttock/hip down to my toes. So there is added pain due to the muscles tightening along with the nerve pain. It has progressed to near same issues on my right side as the bulging, deteriorated discs and stenosis has progressed.

I am prescribed hydrocodone with ibuprofen due to the anti-inflammatory effects of ibuprofen. This works for me. However, as with most chronic pain patients, I too have developed a tolerance to opiate pain medication. Medically there is a difference between “tolerance/dependency” and “addiction”. The difference is that with tolerance the patient’s body chemistry becomes “too familiar” with a given dose and thus needs a higher does to get the same relief. As with addiction, if the patient stops taking the medication, then they will start having physical withdrawal as there is no external chemistry, which the body has become adjusted to have.

More in another post so as to not make this one too long. :)

Frank Baldwin
9:46 pm July 22nd, 2013

First of all, I have osteoarthritis due to a blood disorder (factor 9 deficiency, hemophilia B). Basically I have bleeding in the joints and the tramadal I take relieves the pain. Up until 5 months ago I was taking diclofenac along with the tramadol but my Doc took me off the D because it also thins your blood. The reason that’s not good is because my disorder effects the coagulation of my blood. The reason it was stopped is because I had a full knee replacement and they were afraid of the excess bleeding during and after surgery. As far as the tramadal is concerned, it works Great for me. The few times I’ve run out waiting for a refill, the only problems I had were pain only (no side affects ie; cold sweats etc)
I have been taking tramadal since 1999 !!!

Mike
1:52 pm July 23rd, 2013

Frank: Tramadol still working great for me too. I take it for sciatic pain in my left leg. I also take Gabapentin to treat diabetic neuropathy in my feet and hands. They seem to work well together and I have had no negative side effects except for constipation from the Tramadol and sleepiness from the Gabapentin. Thank goodness for “better living through chemistry” :-)

Ken
1:58 pm July 24th, 2013

Tramadol is a God awful medication. It ruins your personality . How does one detox this drug and function day to day? This BS about doseage control. WHEN THE PAIN hurts you so bad you have to go to the restroom and stay there till the pain subsides enough to come out and then you have to lie about it so no one knows. You jobs because you can not balance the doses low enough to kill the pain that day. Take as doctor directed comment was stupid. Should I tell the pain to go away so I can answer the phone without taking gasps of air to talk?

JayDene Kail
1:28 pm August 3rd, 2013

Right now I think it should be unclassified simply because if it is classified a narcotic, many doctors will not give it to his/her patients. Many doctors won’t anyway because it is addictive…but then so are sleep meds. I applaud the diligence to stop controlled substance abuse; but it seems that has taken priority over the care and comfort of the patient. The doctor should know his patient and what drugs have been tried. Some times the only thing left is a narcotic. So what does a doctor do? Say, “Sorry, you might become addicted, so I am going to let you have a nervous breakdown with the pain, Willis-Ekbom, etc.”

JayDene Kail
2:02 pm August 3rd, 2013

I wish to add to my last post. I have WED, severe restlessness throughout my entire body. I hesitate to call it restlessness because most people have at one time or another wakeful restlessness and just can’t sleep. But this is a gnawing, creeping throughout the muscles, joints and nerves; I don’t know how else to describe it. The only thing one can think of is “escape.” In Texas, Tramadol is not considered a narcotic and in Arkansas it is. Now I am having to go through all the tests again regardless that it is in all my paperwork sent here from my primary doctor. I am currently being given minimum amounts of Tramadol… (2) 50mg a day to get me through the testing. I am scared to death that they are not going to find something that will help me. Because if they don’t, I fear they won’t prescribe something that has already been proven to work. That’s why I think that to consider it a narcotic legally, it will prevent doctors or at the very least discourage doctors from caring for their patients that actually need it. I say to those of you who might be curious; No, it does not give me a high at least not in the amount I am taking. But to some, perhaps it does.

Lee
7:27 pm August 8th, 2013

Well, for Fibromyalgia I have never had relief with Tramadol, Percocet, (made me very, very high) Ibuprofen. I came off Tramadol slowly; I was at 50mg 3x a day and just came off 50mg at a time without issue. None of these helped with my migraines, osteoarthritis or soft tissue damage from a car accident.

All I can say is I felt no different on it, unlike Percocet, and was no issue at all to step down from and come off of completely.

335i
4:27 pm August 13th, 2013

Ken, why are you prescribed tramadol?
From your post I don’t understand what condition you have.
I can figure out that you have pain that at times makes it hard to breathe.

Many of us here are chronic pain sufferers, but not all of us have the same bodily response to the same medications.
If tramadol doesn’t work for you, then you need to work with your doctor or pain specialist to try different treatments and/or medications.
Only you know how and if a certain medication affects you, and you need to communicate that to your doctor/s so that together you can find different methods and/or medications.

When a medication is prescribed by a doctor, it is for medicinal purposes due to a verified condition. This has nothing to do with people who take these types of drugs to get high.
Since we do have people who take these drugs for no medical reason other than to get high, there needs to be a clear distinction between “patients” and “non patients”.
This will be a step in the right direction, by recognizing the distinct differences.

Mike
2:31 pm August 14th, 2013

Very well said 335i. I do NOT want to mix up comments by those who are taking Tramadol for “recreational purposes” with those of us who are taking it for serious pain. For many of us Tramadol is a lifesaver that allows us to survive our days and nights without pain, or with the pain greatly lessened.

Mr Gray
7:03 pm August 16th, 2013

This medication is not working enough for me. Pain still there despite taking the top dose. This stuff is like a tease it only works sometimes and other times it only works if you double up on it. Headaches and back pain seem to only be partly masked on this stuff. Sucks.

joe
3:58 pm September 10th, 2013

I have severe gouty arthritis in my feet and i was prescribed 50mg of tramadol to be taken every four to six hours for pain. i do feel a little like head high but thats it. it works very well to where the pain is almost not there anymore. without them i have to crawl. my feet cant touch the ground without me screaming. Im only 26 and its help me to the point where i can run around outside with my 3 little daughters.

Ken
12:58 pm September 13th, 2013

I take tramadol for stenosis. The Va passes it out like candy. Try to tell them you need help getting off the drug and they pass you off to mental health. Now what do you think the fed does with that info? They come and get your guns in some states. Think a prospective employer can’t get that info? You think wrong.

Mike
1:39 pm September 13th, 2013

Joe: That’s great!! I had that same “head high” and I had to walk kinda slow because my balance was unstable. That went away after a week or so. Now I can feel Tramadol “come on” at night when I am laying in bed. The diabetic neuropathy just seems to disappear as soon as Tramadol kicks in. And it lasts for most of the next day and evening. So I only have to take one dose per 24 hours (100mg).

Mike
2:21 pm September 16th, 2013

Ken: What you say makes no sense. If it’s the Feds, it would not depend on what state you live in. They have jurisdiction in ALL states.
Let’s not resort to scare tactics and rumors when describing Tramadol. It would take a “determination of incompetency” to prevent you from buying or owning firearms.

JT
9:05 am October 23rd, 2013

I have gone through five spinal surgeries, Tramadol or Ultram allows me to function as a human being, without pain. There are no highs from taking the dose, I can take two tablets and two hours later I am pain free all day. Without it I endure horrible pain in my back and legs, and sleeping at night is impossible. There will always be addicts among us , but should the rest of us suffer because of them. The war on drugs is an expensive failure. Start treating it like you do alcohol, tax the hell out of it. Spend the money in treating the addicts, instead of fighting a losing battle. Stupidity runs Kentucky Congress. Gets an education boys.

Charles
5:23 am November 11th, 2013

I been prescribed Tramadol HCI 50 mg three times daily for severe back and knee pain from car accident! my question is does Tramadol show up on a urine 10 panel drug screen, and what if any does it show up as? THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND YOUR FAMILIES AS WELL !!!!

Charles
5:49 am November 11th, 2013

I have prescription for tramadol, and i’m on probation so what does it show up as if any?? i live in GA and not sure if its a narcotic please could you tell me if its a controlled substance and if it shows up on urine drug screen,and what it shows positive for? Thank you very much

Mike
3:08 pm November 11th, 2013

No Ultram (Tramadol) is not considered a controlled substance in the state of Georgia, though it is listed as a dangerous drug. Not sure what listing it as a dangerous drug involves, though. If you have a prescription, I wouldn’t worry too much.

Julie
1:08 pm November 16th, 2013

My daughter has RA she has overdosed on tramadol she took 80 pills in three days should she stop taking completely or go back to recommended dose of 1-2 3 times a day. She in a withdrawal state bad anxiety can’t sleep please giver some advice

11:15 am November 18th, 2013

Hi Julie. I’d suggest that she self-disclose to her prescribing doctor about the high doses and seek medical help and supervision of possible withdrawal.

melissa chavez
10:17 am November 20th, 2013

I have 12 screws and 2 metal plates in my ankle…..not to mention I have fractured my hip in 2 places and broke my wrist and shoulder….I am constantly in pain somewhere! the doctors down here in Delta Colorado are to afraid to give narcotics out…which sucks for the people who actually need them..how ever tramadol because it isn’t classified as such is acceptable…I really hate how people miss use drugs and ruin it for us people who actually need them..and because of them arnt able to get the help we need….and for our doctors to be so scared to give people the help they need as well! sad sad sad!

Leah
1:28 pm December 21st, 2013

I am from Alaska..Is is illegal to order tramadol over the phone? I ordered through the phone, and all they asked me was my age, height, and weight, didn’t ask for a prescription. They send me tramadol COD. It comes in a bottle with my name on it and everything…I’m starting to worry that I can get arrested for having these

Mike
3:44 pm December 23rd, 2013

Leah: As long as the place you are ordering from has the Doctor’s prescription, you can order online or over the phone. Note that when it arrives you will have to sign for it. I would be suspect of what you are ordering/receiving if they didn’t have a prescription. Was the place you ordered from located in the USA or was it overseas?

Leah
12:10 pm December 31st, 2013

They sent it from PA, but the people that I order from all have these European accents I think. I’m not sure what kind of accent to call it. And they call all the time practically begging me to place an order!

leah
12:14 pm December 31st, 2013

And yes, I do have to sign for it when it arrives:/ I am scared that I can get into trouble for having them.

Quido
10:40 pm February 17th, 2014

I have been taking tramadol 50mg – 2 tablets – 4 times a day, for 1 1/2 yrs. now, and I don’t feel like I am addicted to it or I need it to get high. I take it for nerve pain. I had lower back surgery for a herniated disc and the surgeon botched the surgery by accidentally cutting a nerve, must have been a very large cut because Tramadol has been the only thing that helps, but does not stop the pain totally, but it definitely works well for me.

faith jalasky
3:18 pm February 20th, 2014

tramadol and gabapentin are the only meds that help with my significant fibro and peripheral neuropathy pain. the word “addiction” should never be spoken in the same breath as chronic pain. I suffer 24/7 with unrelenting nerve pain. I did not ask for these diseases nor did anyone else. I am never ever pain free. if I wanted narcs, I have oxy here for years and never took one. please leave chronic pain suffers alone!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike
8:40 pm March 12th, 2014

Went to the VA today and had to fill out all kinds of forms because New Mexico has re-classified Tramadol. I can still get it from the VA, but they made me to agree to random pee tests. Not a big deal as I have to take pee and blood tests anyway because I am prone to kidney stones. I was also warned that they would keep a close watch on my consumption of the drug. Again…no big deal. I only take it myself and that is only once in the evening. But it really smokes me that idiots would abuse this drug. It makes it harder for those that actually get legitimate benefits from it from getting a prescription. And the Doctor said they also raised the classification for Vicodin in the state. I took that in the past for pain from kidney stones.

Mark
6:05 pm April 3rd, 2014

I tore both rotator cufffs in my shouders years ago thhey prescrbibed me percocet for a while got off them with not to bad of problem but now I have arthitis in both shouder along with bone spurs .the doc perscrbed me trmadol and it works just fine.Idon’t see how you could abuse unless you took really high doses of it .It’s not addictve or as strong but seems to me to work fine.I accidently threw them in the garbage one month along with old blood pressure vials so instead calling my doctor and have to tell him what a stupid thing and have him think I was making it up I went without them for over a week until my next refill the pain was terrible butas far as withdrawl symptoms I felt crappy for a few days tryied not to think about which along with trying to stay busy which was hard because I hurt so much.The tramadol works pretty well I have to say and by the way I’m 55 years old and work in construction.Anyone having problems with the meds good luck an god bless. PEACE

Pamela
7:34 pm April 25th, 2014

LINDA CLARY and other chronic pain sufferers: THIS COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE! YOU HAVE TO CHECK THIS OUT. I have been dealing with debilitating chronic widespread pain since 1980. Years ago it forced me to have to go on Social Security Disability. I could not function. I have multiple health problems, each one leaving me disabled; but, one of my most intolerable problems is daily migraine and facial bone pain that extends down my neck, across my shoulders and acute pain in my actual shoulder joints causing vomiting, thrashing and literally takes my breath away. I have numerous specialists each trying and trying addictive and non-addictive medications to try to prevent or at least relieve my pain even just a little. All prescriptions have failed even the narcotics. In 2013, my primary care doctor referred to a pain management specialist who recommended I try what they call “IV LIDOCAINE INFUSION”. The IV drip contains lidocaine, ketamine, toradol and propofol. It takes about an hour including some recovery time. I have it done every 5-7 weeks – but I understand some patients get months of relief from one infusion. I walk in with pain between 7-10 on the pain scale; and during or immediately after the infusion, my pain is 0. That’s right, zero! My pain returns gradually after about three weeks, but never once to the level it was before I received my first treatment And, I have not experienced any negative side effects at all. I encourage you all to talk to your doctor about this and get yourselves referred to a pain management specialist. Many of my doctors were not even aware that this procedure existed so I am educating them and encouraging them to spread the word amongst their peers. So write down the details I have provided and present it to your pain management specialist. I used to wish for just an hour without pain. Now I get weeks of relief; and as the pain gradually returns, it is less acute and more tolerable. This treatment has absolutely, positively changed the quality of my life. Now I can remember (and experience) what it is like to not be in excruciating, 24/7, intolerable pain. Assert yourself and ask for this. I wish you all relief!!!

christina
3:55 pm May 22nd, 2014

My sister takes tramadol 50 mg. She has a urine test scheduled in about three weeks. Will it show up? I told her drink a lot of water and cranberry juice. But she is scared. Will this help? She takes about five a day.

Mike
2:59 pm May 23rd, 2014

Christina: Most likely yes, it will show up. As long as she has a prescription and is taking it legally, she should be okay. Why is she scared?

BEVERLY
2:06 am May 30th, 2014

NO!! Tramadol should not become a narcotic. That would make it harder to obtain for people who really need it that cant obtain narcotics. I have fibromyalgia, back pain, nerve damage and severe leg pain. I currently take tramadol and DO NOT know what I would do without it. Call it addiction if you want but it takes most of my pain away so I can function and actually go to work.

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