Tramadol side effects??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by CHefPaula1965, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. CHefPaula1965

    CHefPaula1965 New Member

    my Dr is weaning me off of Tramadol, says it is the reason for the tremors!
    It was helping so much for the pain!!
    Lyrica is now at 150mg 2x a day... ins only pays for 75 3 times a day..
    Dr. also put me on Darvon and gave me another week off work... actually said that he would give me as much time as I want......... How'm I supposed to work with Darvon in my system???
    What is causing the spasticity..................
    Will I need to go on SSI??? Will I be turned down because DH makes $13/hr???
    HELP!!!
    Thanks
    Paula
  2. smiffy79

    smiffy79 New Member

    i'm on tramadol and sometimes get tremors and i aint complaining. the shakes every now and again is a small price to pay for my increased moility
  3. CHefPaula1965

    CHefPaula1965 New Member

    My tremmors got so bad I had to go to the ER cause I could not stand and My legs were shaking realy bad!!! I love tramadol and the pain relief it had..
    as far as the spacicity is concerned I was talking more like not feeling the space around me .. being spacy.. being in another world.. not quite all there!!
    What can be done about this??
  4. cc0526

    cc0526 New Member

    I have had a lot of patients with similar reactions to the tramadol. It hasn't done much for me, doesn't tough the pain either.

    I'm not sure what the darvon is. Is that another name for darvocet maybe? If so, it is one of less strong of the narcotic pain medications. I would bet the lyrica would make you more tired than darvocet. But everyone is different. Nearly everyone though after taking any drug will eventually adapt and get used to the effects and be able to carry on normal daily activities. And if you can't you may have to just try something else. If it is darvocet, keep in mind that it contains 650mg tylenol per pill so you might want to watch the tylenol amounts per day. Sorry if I've got the med wrong. Could have looked it up before posting but that would require movement :)

    Patty
  5. janieb

    janieb New Member

    I've been on Tramadol for years and years. Never noticed any bad side effects, but it surely does help with the pain. My doctor does not seem at all reluctant to prescribe any amount I need.

    janieb
  6. CHefPaula1965

    CHefPaula1965 New Member

    thank you for your responses........
    Still adjusting to new meds!!
    eventually I will be somewhat ok LOL
  7. jessica0123

    jessica0123 New Member

    Hi There
    I have great success with tramadol/ultram too. I also take it with a narcotic. Darvon is a very weak pain med. I agree with one of the other post: I also have a DR that will try any RX I ask her and anything she reads. We have trust and that is so important between the Dr and patient. If pain meds constipate you I buy a sedative at GCN and take 3 everyday and that keeps me normal, after 7 years of pain meds thats the trick! God luck Lyrica and cymbalta are a few new ones out(nerve rewiring meds) so to speak
    Jessica
  8. forfink

    forfink New Member

    Hey, just a suggestion. Try taking some extra magnesium for the constipation. Someone on the board suggested Mag. glycinate, wow, easy on the stomach and works well. Guess we all need more mag anyway. Surprised what a difference it makes.
  9. CHefPaula1965

    CHefPaula1965 New Member

    We finaly figured out it was NOT the TRAMADOL!!
    YEAH!!!
    I had been using a patch for OAB... that was the culprit.. the shaky legs is an extremely rare occorance... but that is what it was!!
    YEAH !! my doc let me go back on the Tramadol.. but I also have a back up of the Darvon!!
    The pain blocks that I am having are helping too.... I am a little sore the day after but then I feel alot better...
    These are great....
  10. Dee50

    Dee50 New Member

    The Utlram ER works better for overall pain then Tramadol for me. Same drug but long acting 12 hours doses.
    Glad its helping you to move. I have no bad side effects from either.
    Dee50
    [This Message was Edited on 09/25/2006]
  11. starduzt24_07

    starduzt24_07 New Member

    Patient Education


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    Tramadol tablets

    What are tramadol tablets ?
    TRAMADOL (Ultram®) is an analgesic that can relieve moderate to moderately severe pain following surgery such as cesarean section, hysterectomy, hip replacement or other bone surgery, and dental surgery. This drug also helps relieve chronic pain associated with cancer, nerve pain, or low-back pain. Generic tramadol tablets are available.



    What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
    They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
    •an alcohol or drug abuse problem
    •breathing difficulty
    •head injury or brain tumor
    •kidney disease
    •liver disease
    •seizures (convulsions) or seizure disorder (epilepsy)
    •stomach or intestinal problems
    •an unusual or allergic reaction to tramadol, codeine, other pain medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
    •pregnant or trying to get pregnant
    •breast-feeding



    How should I take this medicine?
    Take tramadol tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. If tramadol upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Do not take more than 100 mg of tramadol at one time or more than 400 mg of tramadol per day. Older patients (more than 75 years of age) should not take more than 300 mg of tramadol per day. Higher doses may cause severe side effects, do not take more medication than your prescriber has instructed.

    Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.



    What if I miss a dose?
    If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.



    What drug(s) may interact with tramadol?
    •alcohol
    •antihistamines (commonly found in allergy or cold products)
    •bupropion
    •cocaine
    •digoxin
    •droperidol
    •drugs to regulate heart rhythm such as amiodarone, propafenone, quinidine
    •furazolidone
    •imatinib
    •isoniazid, INH
    •linezolid
    •medicines called MAO inhibitors-phenelzine (Nardil®), tranylcypromine (Parnate®), isocarboxazid (Marplan®), selegiline (Eldepryl®)
    •medicines for anxiety, depression, or sleeping problems
    •medicines for nausea or vomiting
    •medicines for Parkinson's disease such as entacapone, pramipexole, ropinirole or tolcapone
    •medicines for mental problems like schizophrenia
    •muscle relaxants
    •naloxone
    •other medicines for pain such as codeine, morphine, nalbuphine, pentazocine, or propoxyphene
    •procarbazine
    •rifampin
    •ritonavir
    •seizure medicines
    •stimulants such as amphetamine or dextroamphetamine
    •St. John's wort
    •warfarin

    Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.



    What side effects may I notice from taking tramadol?
    Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
    Rare or uncommon:
    •changes in vision
    •difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
    •fast or irregular heartbeat
    •hallucinations (seeing and hearing things that are not really there)
    •passing urine more frequently than usual, or not passing urine as often as usual
    •redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
    •skin rash, itching
    •seizures (convulsions)
    More common:
    •anxiety, agitation
    •nausea
    •vomiting

    Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
    •constipation or diarrhea
    •difficulty sleeping
    •dizziness, drowsiness
    •dry mouth
    •false sense of well being, feeling of unreality, mood changes
    •headache
    •indigestion
    •itching



    What should I watch for while taking tramadol?
    Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your pain does not go away. Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress if you are taking tramadol regularly.

    Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how tramadol affects you. Be careful taking other medicines which may also make you tired. This effect may be worse when taking these medicines with tramadol. Alcohol can increase possible drowsiness, dizziness, confusion and affect your breathing. Avoid alcohol while taking tramadol.

    Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum, sucking hard candy and drinking plenty of water will help.

    If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking tramadol.