Tramadol Classification (Page 4)

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Michelle Says:


Is Tramadol a controlled substance, or is there any type of narcotic in them? I would really appreciate any reply. I would like to know ASAP if possible. It has been subscribed to my 16 year old son and I would like to know about the drug as soon as I can. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much! Hope to hear from someone real soon. Thanks again!



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MsTweetie Says:

I was told a week ago by a Dr. that Tramadol IS a controlled substance and that the FDA is considering putting it in the same category (schedule II I believe) as oxy, and cannot be filled without a prescription. Now I don't know when this may or may not happen, but just keep your eyes open to this possibility.

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Ruby Says:

Kristen, where did you hear you need another drug to ween off of tramadol?? That's absolutely incorrect. Weening down is doable on your own, although a doctor would give you an ideal schedule. A doctor will simply ween down your dosage to zero. If you're talking about a drug like suboxone, those drugs are very rarely used for weening off of tramadol! People thinking you need drugs to quit other drugs are wrong. This is a fairly new concept in medicine- it increases the success of the treatment and makes the patient more comfortable, but it is in no way necessary to be put on another medication. And this is coming from a medical student.

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Catpower Says:

I was given Tramadol as an alternative to Norco after shoulder surgery. The surgeon told me (to my surprise) that advil delays healing after surgery due to its anti-inflammatory effect. OK, so I'll let the experts explain that one. So, I was given free rein with Tramadol, since I didn't want to become dependent on Norco or Vicodin, and ended up taking about 300mgs/day (6 X 50mg pills) for almost 4 months. Was I dependent on it? Heck yeah, by the 2nd week! It does not do much for pain but provides a mild euphoric effect and ALSO - for me at least - reduced the severe anxiety I have experienced off and on for years. I never had any trouble getting refills; in fact at my 4 month follow-up visit the surgeon asked me if I needed MORE tramadol. At that point I realized I had to get off it, which took about 6 weeks and the anxiety was AWFUL. I know docs are turning more and more to Tramadol as an alternative to the extremely addictive Vicodin, Norco, and Oxycontin, but don't let anyone tell you it's not addictive or that you will have no trouble getting off it, especially with long-term use after surgery. Just my experience, for what it's worth. Google it.

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Ultra Says:

You are right that (at this time anyway) Tramadol is NOT a Controlled Substance by the Federal DEA regulations. However, there are some states that have classified Tramadol as a Controlled Substance (usually Schedule IV).

This is sort of similar to the situation with SOMA (carisoprodal) the muscle relaxant. Some states began to add SOMA to their list of controlled substances; SOMA is converted in the body to meprobamate, a Schedule IV controlled substance. SOMA is now a controlled substance at the Federal level. Wouldn't be shocked if Ultram (tramadol) is also ultimately controlled.

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AnnieB Says:

Misstweetie, tramadol will never ever be in the same category as oxy. It's not even controlled yet, except for a couple of states that have it as the lowest control level. Oxy is extremely controlled and much much more powerful than tramadol. They're not even close to being in the same category. Never gonna happen

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Cheryl Says:

My Dad takes this med for RLS Restless Leg Syndrome and has done so for a couple of years...he gets extreme nausea EVERY night after taking this med. His Doctor informed him that ANY anti-nausea drug is NOT compatible with this med. I find that hard to believe. So every evening, he knows what to expect. Some cases of the nausea cause him to vomit and he feels like Hell....

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Lexsckat02 Says:
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Going through same on it for 2 yrs trying to fight the withdrawals while finding pcp that believes me and looking for alternate energy and want to help. Effexor is helping

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Really Says:

I have been on Tramadol for about a year for herniations and stenosis in both back and neck. I am young with 2 young children, work full time in a stressful job and am very busy. Pain hinders your mood, productivity and everyday life style if it is extreme enough. The reason for my pain is quite remarkable. I must have 9 lives because most peoples body would never had withstood with what I went through. I should had been dead. However, I live daily with pain and take into account how lucky I am and try to live my life to the fullest while giving back and not feeling sorry for myself. Therefore I take any where from none to 2 3x a day dependent upon my day. I have run out of it for days and have never had a feeling of withdrawl! Everybody is different and I can see maybe people with an addicting behavior becoming dependent. I do not or never had been addicted to anything. Therefore, everyone saying stop taking it because of an addiction really needs to look into why they are saying it...is it because you take a huge amount ? well then yes that is your fault for letting yourself get that far. I purposely will not take it a day or 2 a week just so I don't become addicted but I still can enjoy my life being pain free for most of the week! I am awaiting surgery once my kids get older but in the meantime I don't have any issue taking it! So for people looking it to take care of your pain because your pain has taken over your life like mine had...take it with the understanding that you must not take a large amount daily. I too like other people posted do not get the eupohoria feeling like others have posted.

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Melli Says:

I have been taking Tramadol for over 3 years for back pain, bursitis in my hip and general pain (fibromyalgia?). I can take up to 150 mg a day if needed. I really don't want to take it but anti-inflammatory doesn't really work. I know I am building a tolerance to it because I started at 50 mg. It definitely gives me a euphoric feeling but it also relieves my pain and doesn't make me sleepy so I can function and exercise. Still I worry, that I am addicted to a pain killer. I've tried everything from acupuncture, chiropractors, yoga, massage and I never stop exercising because it makes my pain worse if I just sit on the couch!. I get steroid shots and ablation in my back and hip. Tramadol just helps me keep going. I am monitored by a doctor at a pain clinic and my doctor reassures me that I could be on much worse medications. I still wish I didn't have to be on anything and was pain free! At least I am not walking the house at night because I can't sleep because of the pain. That is what I was doing before I started taking Tramadol.

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Sub Says:

Meli,

You're right to be concerned. Tramadol acts on opiate/opioid receptors, which is why you obtain the "good feeling" from it. Your doctor is a litlle cavalier about addiction. What he has said in essence is, "You could be hooked on H, but you're only addicted to codeine." Tramadol may be weaker, and dpendency may develop more slowly, and withdrawal may be somewhat less intense than other pain killers. But being addicted is being addicted - just a matter of the poison you're taking.

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Lexsckat02 Says:
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Get away from tramadol if you can. You will build A tolerance quickly. It does help with pain but only blocks it. I finally got off after 3 yrs with gabapentin aka Horizant and the use of mild lorazepams for the heart rate withdrawal affects. Tramadol def should only be taken twice a day and wean off!!! I had depression, sweats, heart rate increasing out of nowhere, and honestly it's worse than being addicted to illegal drugs! Seek other methods if you can. It also causes constipation, urination problems and again dependency even taken as prescribed. In SC they just put it as a narcotic and selling on the streets like any other opiate. I'm now in pain management and had injections for my back. I have RLS legs and arms which gabapentin helps. Hope this helps!

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Jenn4 Says:
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I totally agree so was I! Worst feeling was trying to stop it was pure hell! Worse then Vicodin and I was on both for 3 years!

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diva Says:
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I was told by one doctor it's not a narcotic. But THE I Had A Pain Management Doctor Say It Is I'm So Confused 4

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Cat Says:
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How long does Tramadol 50 remain in your body before being excreted?

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gimme sum Says:
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My husband who is 63 y/o has been taking tramadol 50mg tid, and has outbursts of anger and mood swings which seems to be getting worse to the point I have had to leave three times while visiting him for a few days. He lives and works in Michigan, and I live in further south. Recently he was diagnosed with kidney stone, and as a result of pain, rages worsen. He was given more pain medication and I am afraid he will also become addicted to as well. I am fearful of him, as earlier while attempting to board plane for a visit to me, he said he was stopped by security for carrying a weapon, which was confiscated and he allowed to board. Upon his arrival, he was very hostile towards me complaining that I didn't look up to see him walk past me, etc. It was awful. We are in process of purchasing a home but due to him unpredictable behavior, I don't think is a good idea. I feel safety is first. He refuses to blame me for whatever he does or days or noise even when there is no noise. The comments about tramadol impacting personality is so correct in this case and explains exactly my experience. I want to write a letter to his Dr and request for safety sake, put him into detox or wean him off. He does have a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

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Anna Says:
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I was an RN for 20 years Tramadol has never had any opiate ingredient it was known more as a glorified Ibuprofen with lift stomach upset recently A friend told me that it was classified as a schedule 2 and then less than remix the formula I do not understand why it would be in that category I think these politicians and the pharmaceutical companies are doing all this changing of issues when it comes to medication that is beneficial to our elderly with drugs such as Tramadol that could be prescribed by their family physician now they are required to go to a pain clinic now on our insurance a doctor's visit is 52 $75 a visit or go to a pain clinic and my visits average 272 as much as $400 a visit depending on whether I get 25 minutes or a full hour so I totally do not understand what classification is tramadol in my opinion it is a salon

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