148 patient evaluations for Tramadol

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Feb 6, 2011 (Started Aug 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restless feeling in legs)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive sweating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive sweating, excessive sweating

Jan 10, 2011 (Started Aug 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restless feeling in legs)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Still taking 1/2 tramadol tablet at night, with my Mirapex, still sleeping through the night. It's soooo wonderful! Here's some info for taking tramadol for RLS, in case it helps anyone: http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.com/content/79/7/916.full.pdf
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive sweating, excessive sweating

Jan 5, 2011 (Started Aug 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restless feeling in legs)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I started taking half a tablet of tramadol again, after I finally stopped taking it, in a desperate attempt to control my RLS symptoms which were being aggravated by the SNRI was on. I requested Mirapex from my doc and, after increasing the dose with no results and facing my 7th night of hardly any sleep, I read online that tramadol is sometimes used for hard-to-treat RLS symptoms. I tried taking it about 4:30 AM the first time and it worked! The next night (early morning), I tried again and it worked! The third night I took it at bedtime along with my Mirapex and I slept straight through the night for the first time in forever. I have an almost-full bottle of tramadol left which should keep me for awhile, and hopefully my RLS will have settled down to the point where the Mirapex alone will be able to control it. I know my doc doesn't like me taking tramadol along with a SNRI.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive sweating, excessive sweating

Dec 16, 2010 (Started Aug 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for breakthrough pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive sweating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: TFor general malaise and fatigue it worked wonderfully. For moderately severe pain, which is what it's designed for, well... it made you too loopy to care about your pain, so I guess it worked! A friend of mine was on it for upper back pain and he kept upping his dosage until he was up to 12 a day. We joked about how much it made us sweat. Then he scared himself and got off of it, and kept chugging along, refusing to let myself take more than 3 or 4 a day, and never taking more than 2 at a time. 2 tablets at once was enough to get me really woozy and itchy under my skin. It started becoming clear to me that I wasn't really taking the tramadol for the pain relief, which wasn't really that great. I was taking it for the energy boost. I started researching how it has SSRI properties, which got me researching antidepressants. I didn't feel depressed, but I started looking at the chemical makeup of the new SNRIs for fibromyalgia like Cymbalta and Pristiq. I decided to try Savella instead and weaned off the tramadol as I started titering up on the new drug. My dosage was pretty low but it was prolonged (daily for over a year). I think I had about 1 1/2 days of withdrawal symptoms, which happened to come on during a cold, so I was more miserable then I would have been otherwise. I also have had a fierce resurgence in restless leg symptoms, which tramadol used to take care of.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive sweating, excessive sweating

Sep 9, 2010 (Started Aug 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for breakthrough pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive sweating, excessive sweating

Apr 20, 2010 (Started Aug 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive sweating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive sweating, excessive sweating

  • 4 helpful marks

Mar 8, 2012 (Started Jan 12, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Manages all but the most severe flare, for me. No noticeable side effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Oct 28, 2012 (Started Dec 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (constipation, itchy skin, insomnia, mood swings)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Positive benefit included being able to function seemingly well on Tramadol. I could drive to school, sit attentively through classes, and felt a burst of energy after the pain subsided. I am now relying only on Vicodin for pain, but I am not sure how long that will last.

Apr 19, 2012 (Started Dec 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation, itchy skin, insomnia, mood swings)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I have found that this painkiller is much better than Vicodin. I am able to study, go to class, drive, and continue my daily activities while taking Tramadol without feeling "loopy" or necessarily "high." If it were not for Tramadol, I would never have been able to get through a dual Master's degree. With that said, the downfalls of this drug is severe constipation and inability to urinate (I would have the urge, but then when I try to relieve myself, nothing comes). These symptoms are not too tough to deal with though - and they probably kept me from overusing or ever abusing Tramadol.

  • 1 helpful mark

Aug 19, 2008 (Started Aug 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for excess saliva)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It works!

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 4, 2008 (Started May 03, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: 25mg of ultram works great in combination with 20 mb Baclofen to help deal with shooting nerve pain in my leg

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 22, 2008 (Started Jan 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I take 1/2 tab as needed for pain or burning sensation. This is my first line. I prefer to take this before taking the icoden because of the pontential for addiction to the vicoden.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 6, 2008 (Started Oct 11, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: sleepiness

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 24, 2008 (Started May 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: i take it very sporadically, so i haven't built up much tolerance.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 24, 2008 (Started Apr 04, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for whole body ache)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2008 (Started May 01, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restless feeling in legs)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Watch how often you increase your dosage. I have been on Ultram for over 5 years without having major problems or increases as it is effective for what I take it for, mostly the side effects and restless leg syndrome. My doctor told me when he prescribed it that it only works for about 50% of the people, the rest could be taking water so if it does nothing at the first dose, skip taking it altogether.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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