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Subj: SEVERE withdrawal
Date: 11/7/2007
I've been taking Ultram for about 5 years now. Being only 24 years old, I've had severe headaches for the past 6 or 7 years, and Ultram has been a Miracle for me. I'm now in college and still taking close to 400 milligrams a day. I have found, however that when I try to stop taking the medication, like many other people commented, I have SEVERE withdrawal. I toss and turn at night, and my hands and feet get HOT and I just have a general feeling of discomfort all over my body (not to mention the runny nose and watery eyes).

But none-the-less Ultram has provided great relief of my headaches, and it has helped me to live a normal life and get through college. I'm sure if one were to gradually lower their dose over the course of a few weeks, the withdrawals would be much less than the horrible nightmare most of us have been through when trying to quit. But all in all, I'm very thankful for Ultram :)
Tyler


Subj: Bloody stools, insomnia, and dark circles
Date: 11/8/2007
I've been on Ultram on and off for the last 10 years, And I use to take it every now and again but, with in the last 2 years it's like they have made Ultram addictive. I guess alot of doctors are taking there patients off vicodines darvocettes etc and prescribing Ultram as a alternative, so they seem to be making Ultram even stronger these days to accommodate people that were use to the stronger stuff. Ultram when I take it regularly it gives me bloody stools, insomnia, and then dark circles or (Raccoon Eyes)from lack of sleep. I also notice heart burn like my food wants to come back up, There are also times when I feel like I am on fire and you can actually feel the heat coming from my body as if a oven were turned on. Ultram didn't do this to me in earlier years when I was using it, So now I take one pill a week and after this bottle is finished I'm gonna be done taking ultram.
Macaih


Subj: Embarrassed to go outside
Date: 11/11/2007
I have taken ultram for 5 years, 400 mg a day. It made me feel like I was a young guy again...no fibro pain, upbeat mood, calm, etc. However, I have noticed that the effect has begun to wear off, and the doctor said I was at the dosage limit. I have tried to come off this stuff cold turkey, and wow am I wiped out. I actually have to move to another neighborhood because of this drug. The other day I had such a screaming fit, that I know all the neighbors think I am a psycho. I am embarrassed to go outside. The physical symptom that bothers me the most is stomach cramps. I haven't seen that posted very often as a withdrawal symptom...I also am short of breath. My doctor doesn't believe that ultram could be the problem. He has given me an antidepressant, and neurontin. Does this sound like an alternative? I am suffering extreme anxiety. Can't sleep. All the things that everyone describes. In short, don't ever get on this drug...you will have to move.
John


Subj: Ultram seizures
Date: 11/17/2007
Your "Ultram" is a horrible product and has caused myself to have seizures. About those who had prescribed those to me; they did not tell me that it causes any of this. Nor did anyone tell me to research this medication. I do NOT recommend this medication to ANYONE without the PROPER instructions DUE to random side effects and horrible results. If those who prescribe this medication call us or me again, the police WILL be involved.
Nathaly

AskDocWeb: Ultram is made by Ortho-McNeil, Inc.


Subj: I couldn't take the withdrawal symptoms
Date: 11/27/2007
I have been on Ultram (Tramadol) for about four years and I have tried to quit taking them but I couldn't take the withdrawal symptoms and the depression after I was off the pills. I get all the symptoms that others have posted. This drug has ruined my life. I can't function with out it. I have to take 8 to 10 pills a day to function. My doctor is trying to wean me off using percocet but they do not help in taking the symptom pains away. My original doctor prescribed them to me for gout but they made me feel happy, energetic all around great. When I first began taking them, I was on cloud 9 and I excelled at work and everything I tried. But then I got addicted to them and I couldn't stop taking them. I have lied about pain just so that I can get more pills. These pills have taken hold of my life and I can't get control. I am ashamed that I am in this situation. This is my deepest darkest secret that I have to deal with every day. I don't know what to do. Like Eric said, "I am a grown man that can cry now at the drop of a hat! This is a terrible drug that I would not recommend to ever try." That is also true with me. I am tired of living my life for tramadol. I hope that the percocets work and I am off of these horrible pills forever. I have stopped taking the pills before but I felt very depressed and I lost all interested in life so I started taking them again. I just want to be free and live a normal happy drug free life. I am thinking of going to therapy but I don't want anyone to find out. I work for a very prestigious company and it would ruin my reputation and I would loose my job. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get through this turmoil?
John

AskDocWeb: Be honest with your physician about your symptoms while trying to get off of the ultram. Your doctor has a lot of resources at his fingertips that you could try.


Subj: Devastated
Date: 11/28/2007
Never, never believe a doctor who says this drug is safe and non-addictive. Read the fine print and take it from someone who has been repeatedly devastated because her husband is an addict. He started taking them 10 years ago for migraines. We are still dealing with it on a daily basis today. We have been through HELL because doctors are completely misled and in the dark about Ultram. DON'T GO DOWN THAT PATH!
Deb


Subj: Horrible withdrawal
Date: 12/2/2007
I have been taking Ultram for 2 years. I started out with 2 a day and now I take 180 a month sometimes more. If I don't have it I go through horrible withdrawl. The worst one is that my legs will ache so bad that I can't walk, but as soon as I take 2-3 pills it goes away. So any doctor that tells you that it is not addictive is full of it. I am now to the point that if I don't have I get mean. And also it seems now that I just don't care about making sure I get to places on time, I almost feel like it doesn't matter. So be careful about choosing what drugs you take. Don't depend on your doctor to tell you if it is good for you or not. You never know, the drug companies might just pay them to write so many scripts of the drug that pertains to them.
Scott


Subj: Difficult BM
Date: 12/5/2007
Would Ultram effect the nerves that go to the colon? Since I have started Ultram a BM is becoming very difficult even with many laxatives and enemas together I would appreciate an honest answer to my question.
Ann

AskDocWeb: Yes, it is possible. You may have to use a stool softener, put more fiber into your diet, drink more water, etc. and please, talk to your doctor about this.


Subj: Hallucinating
Date: 12/10/2007
My grand mother is 92 was just recently prescribed altram and is hallucinating and am unaware if it's the drug or age.
Steve

AskDocWeb: There is no way to tell, better call her physician and tell him what's going on.


Subj: Productive again
Date: 12/27/2007
Ultram has changed my life. I was diagnosed w/fibromyalgia 4 years ago. Ultram has helped me to be productive again. I am a recovering addict and am aware of the risk even with this. It is safe to say I am dependent on them however it has come down to a quality of life issue. If the time comes to come off of them, I am sure it would not be pleasant. For now I am very grateful. I spent a number of years in my sobriety in bed and feeling worthless. As I said before, I am thankful to be living again.
Donna


Subj: Addictive pill
Date: 1/5/2008
Today is going to be 2wks since I stopped taking tramadol and just to let you know how addictive this pill is. I only took it for 2wks, 2 pills every six hours. Only two weeks of taking it and the withdrawal symptoms were horrible. At first I thought I had the flu but how wrong I was, today I am still suffering the withdrawal symptoms. I even did a 2day detox at home but that did not help at all. Right now I feel depressed, shaking, headaches, stomach pain, no appetite, even my tongue feels funny for anyone out there on this med. It's not easy getting off of it take me for example only 2 weeks on it and look at all the damage its caused and is still causing.
Jackie


Subj: Ultram withdrawals
Date: 1/14/2008
I have been taking ultram for the last year off and on for severe osteoarthritis in my hips. Whenever I quit taking it I endure the withdrawals for about 3 days. Best way to take this medication is to get off of it for short periods of time and let it clear out. Take for a week or two, and then suffer the 3 days of withdrawals. It's the only way other than total usage to get best benefit without total addiction.
Dean


Subj: Getting off is worse than being in pain
Date: 1/14/2008
I was on Ultram for over 5 years because of my fibromyalgia. I never took more than 200mg per day. I recently decided to stop. All I can say is get all the support you can and hang on cause it feels like hell. The "flu" symptoms (including nausea and diarrhea), fatigue and insomnia are very difficult to cope with. Getting a short term prescription for Xanax or Lorazepam can help with the agitation and restless limbs and sleep aids can help you make it through the night but make sure you have the support of an understanding medical doctor who understands your goal. Hot baths and distraction are helpful also. I took time off from work and I am so glad I did because the fatigue and depression were staggering. My advice is if your doctor tries to put you on Ultram...pass.

Getting off is worse than being in pain in the first place. For anyone out there thinking about stopping...taper slowly, be gentle with yourself and surround yourself with love and support. You can do it. I DID!
Donna


Subj: Help!
Date: 1/28/2008
I am 3 weeks pregnant. I've been on Ultram (Tramadol) for 5 months. I get sick and have withdrawal symptoms when I do not take it. It was prescribed to me for the painful symptoms I suffer from my Fibromyalgia. I do not want to jeopardize my baby's health. I do not want DYFS to get involved either. Should I try to detox myself off of it? Should I continue to take it through my pregnancy? Help!
Heather

AskDocWeb: Don't try anything on your own, please consult with your physician.


Subj: Dizziness and drowsy
Date: 2/3/2008
What I have found with ultram is that I suffer from dizziness at times and initially, I am very drowsy after taking it. However, if I take it in the evening, I am essentially awake all night in a state between sleeping and wakefulness. It is a very strange feeling.
Karina


Subj: Relieves my chronic pain
Date: 2/4/2008
I have been taking ultram for about 6 or 7 months. It is the only thing that relieves my chronic pain. One day I ran out and hadn't had a chance to go the pharmacy and pick up prescription. I couldn't even walk up my stairs until I got my husband to stop and get it for me. It helps me function until the Drs. can figure out what is wrong with me. But that day I didn't take at my normal time. I was crying and sooo depressed. I didn't like feeling that way. Because there will become a time a will have to stop taking it.
Melissa

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