What is Ultram?

What is Ultram?

There are 514 comments on the Associated Content story from Nov 29, 2006, titled What is Ultram?. In it, Associated Content reports that:

By Superdork Ultram, also called Tramadol, is a good analgesic designed to treat moderate to severe pain.

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nicky

Roanoke Rapids, NC

#509 Aug 12, 2010
I was wondering, has anybody taken rybix odt which is the same as tramadol. With the rybix odt, it dissolves on your tongue. I have been reading some info about it,and it says you can be at a higer risk for seizures if you take a muscle relaxer with it. My doc. told me to continue taking flexril with rybix odt. Has anybody taken rybix odt and taken a muscle relaxer with it and did fine. I'm kinda scared to take the muscle relaxer with the rybix odt now.

“the one,the only,BABETTE!!!! !”

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#510 Aug 18, 2010
Adam wrote:
A big "LAUGH OUT LOUD" to those who think Ultram isn't addictive and/or the withdrawals are only psychological. I can't believe a professional Chronic Pain manager comes on here touting that crap. That's the exact reason I got myself into the situation I am in.
I have had withdrawals from both lortab and vicodin, both taking as prescribed - and I attest that the withdrawals from Ultram are in another league compared to those 2. I would rather go through 2 months straight of lortab withdrawals than 1 day of Ultram withdrawals.
Anyone thinking of taking Ultram instead of narcotic for fear of addiction do your homework and yourself a favor AND DON'T.
bump. love cat. ps good post.
Glad

United States

#511 Sep 5, 2010
I have been taking ultrum for severe chronic back pain and I will have to say, why compalin about something that works so well and is nonnarcotic. I am a survivor of getting off xanax for 15 years, now theres a drug worth complaining about. My doctor prescribes 8 millagrams of it a day and I really thought I was gonna die.
Holly

United States

#513 Sep 11, 2010
I have been diagnosed with severe degenerative disk disease, along with a bulging and torn disks. My back pain is pretty bad 24 hours a day. I have been prescribed Lortab for the past 2 years. Typically, I take 5 to 6 per day to get me by without being is too much pain. I wanted to try something else as I think my body became "used to" the Lortab, so now I have some Tramadol. It's my second day on this medication and it does help my back pain. I'm wondering if I should switch to this medication instead of the Lortab. I just want to be free of daily pain but in addition, I want what's better for my body. What's better altogether? 5-6 Lortabs a day, or 8-10 Tramadols?

Since: May 10

Where All Your Dreams Come Tru

#514 Sep 11, 2010
tramadol is a great drug for what you describe but please be careful. it does have risk of seizures. i think the daily limit is 400 mg. I would alternate 1 week lortab, 1 week tramadol.

norcoxcalixgurl

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#516 Sep 11, 2010
Or take one lortab and one tramadol. It kind of works as a potentiator. When I was at a point were I had to take 2 norcos to feel anything, I would switch on with a tramadol and it would help. Mine are lower dosage tramadol so no high risk of seizure. I am deathly afraid of having one since witnessing my fiance have one on August 13th. =T
Holly

United States

#517 Sep 11, 2010
Seriously, I am profoundly concerned. My pain on a daily basis (from a bulging disk, a torn disk, and severe degenertive disk disease,) is extent. I need relief, but I don't want to become addicted to anything. What should I do? Take Lortab or Tramadol ---- which is less addictive???????

norcoxcalixgurl

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#518 Sep 11, 2010
Sorry to say, but with the kid of issues you have, there really isn't something you could take that won't leave you addicted. Try mixing, one week on lortab, one week on tramadol, or start few days on one few days on the next. See what starts working for you. Good Luck!
Holly

United States

#520 Sep 11, 2010
..........or should I ask my doctor to prescribe me something else..........
Holly

United States

#521 Sep 11, 2010
What are the "kid" issues you are referring to? I have never revealed children up until now..........

norcoxcalixgurl

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#523 Sep 12, 2010
Holly wrote:
What are the "kid" issues you are referring to? I have never revealed children up until now..........
It was a typo, i meant *kind*. The kind of issue you have sound like you might need to take the addicting stuff.

Since: May 10

Where All Your Dreams Come Tru

#524 Sep 12, 2010
tramadol is less addictive imo because you dont get the euphoria like lortab, but it is also harder to kick once you become dependent. talk to your doctor about this.
Bklyn

Teaneck, NJ

#525 Sep 12, 2010
Ultram/Tramadol has updated stronger warnings, see the important info Here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0...
Holly

United States

#526 Sep 12, 2010
Thank you for all of the responses. :)
Holly

United States

#527 Sep 14, 2010
OMG, I'm terrified now! Should I quit both Lortab and Ultram altogether and just live with my excruciating back pain? I think I'd rather be a slave to immense back pain than to addictive pills that make me crazy --- HELP! Someone, please!

“the one,the only,BABETTE!!!! !”

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#528 Sep 15, 2010
Holly wrote:
OMG, I'm terrified now! Should I quit both Lortab and Ultram altogether and just live with my excruciating back pain? I think I'd rather be a slave to immense back pain than to addictive pills that make me crazy --- HELP! Someone, please!
oh i would not be to worried about being addicted to lortabs, and if that is all you need for bad back pain, take it as a blessing! and take your pills! god bless you. love cat
Sandy in NY

United States

#530 Oct 18, 2010
This conversation on Ultram is interesting. I have been on Ultram for 12 years now for an cervical injury and Fibromyalgia. It works wonderful for nerve pain, from my experience. I find that it takes the edge off so I can have a life per se. I have only taken 100mg a day for the past 6 months. I began with 1 tab twice a day. I am an RN so I know the risks of dependence and I have been able to feel pain when I push too hard. The warning signs are quite noticeable. In my case, I am not working past my pain to injury because I still have pain when I over do it. I always have pain but only on a low level so as to not effect my life. I have to take that extra 100mg periodically for severe pain I have and I rarely need to do that. I have taken vicodin for spinal cord impingement for a short time and I did find I didn't sleep well. When the vicodin therapy ended, I went back to my Ultram and slept like a baby so the sleep thing is definitely an issue but not as big an issue as having my pain controlled, that is my goal and Ultram does it for me. I do know that the generic version does not work for many people so I do take the brand name and plan to continue to do so. It is not a narcotic, even though it may work as one. It is one of the best options we have for chronic pain and it would be a shame to take it away from people that can benefit from it. I have suffered none of the other side effects that were mentioned and in my opinion, if it means anything, is a safe as can be option for chronic pain. Those considering Ultram, pain control is very important. Don't be afraid of Ultram. You can always stop and miss a little sleep for a few days at most.If you need pain control for a long period of time, Ultram is the best option we have.
michelle

Mansfield, MA

#532 Oct 18, 2010
XYZ wrote:
People saying that Ultram is only "psychologically" addictive have obviously never been on it. Someone who's been on Ultram off and on for several years, I have experienced horrible withdrawals. I did not self-medicate, I took the dose prescribed. Never more than 8 a day. However, since Ultram also has SSRI (anti-depressant) properties, when you've been taking it a sufficient amount of time and then stop, not only do you go through opiate withdrawals but you ALSO go through SSRI withdrawals. Think of it as going through a codeine withdrawal and a Paxil withdrawal at the SAME time. People do not realize how horrible the withdrawals can be.
I am so happy to see someone being honest! I was on Ultram for 3 years, and HOLY SHIT it was the worst to come off of ever. I have had severe back issues for 7 years and have been on a lot of different medications. Ultram seemed to do wonders. After almost 3 years and lots of treatments (PT, acupuncture etc) I wanted to try life without meds.

I went through the worst physical and mental withdrawals. It was hell. I had mental zaps which felt like I was being electrocuted, I had bile coming out violently from both ends. It lasted 12 days (physical) and the zaps and depression lasted 3 months. The insomnia and restless leg syndrome last over a year. I still till this day do not feel 100%.

This is a drug that needs to be talked about, by the people who know. I have taken it, it did work for the pain, but after lived with what it did to me and the dependency I will never take it again (even though I have a need for pain medication). NOTHING will ever be hurtful enough for me to take that devil pill.

Good luck, I am just trying to be honest. Also, remember Ultram can cause seizures. Use caution.

God Bless.
Sandy in NY

United States

#533 Oct 18, 2010
Just because we have differing experiences with Ultram doesn't mean anyone is being dishonest. Anyone who has taken it has a reaction whether good or bad. I don't know anybody who ever had a bad reaction, and I have friends that have taken it, so I can only tell of mine and what my friends have told me. Obviously there are some who had bad reactions according to the blog. There will always be someone with a different experience. I thought the idea here was to share experiences so others could benefit and make their own choices. It is important to hear both sides because we are all different. Some of us are on antidepressants and other meds. Some are not. I am in that latter bunch of "not." How a medication will effect a person depends on several variables and we don't want to scare anyone who is suffering that may very well get some blessed relief from Ultram.
bill

United States

#539 Dec 17, 2010
Question for anybody? i had some neck surgery 10 years ago and every since have had chronic pain problems. my regular doc was giving me pain meds for all those years and more and more each year. in the end i was taking 12-15 pills a day. then they released me from there practice. do i have any legal recourse on the dr. for giving me such high doses for years ?

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