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how can i ask my doctor to switch out the tramadol he prescribed me for hydrocodone without seeming like a?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Chronic vs. acute: Tramadol is a rather unique analgesic drug that is indicated for moderate to severe pain and used for chronic pain. Scientific evidence suggests that prolonged opioids therapy may not be effective or safe for chronic pain and limited for acute pain or malignant pain. When using opioids on a long-term basis, the clinician must be alert to the dangers of dependence, abuse and addiction. Your call.

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A 47-year-old male asked:

Can you mix hydrocodone and tramadol?

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 29 years experience
I would not: There is no reason to. They are similar. It is not acceptable to use two of the same type. We would rather use different medicine types.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Switching from tramadol to hydrocodone. What can I expect?

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Dr. James Tobin
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Stronger med: Hydrocodone is stronger than tramadol and may control your pain better. You may have more side effects, such as constipation. You also have more risk of dependence and addiction. Hydrocodone is not meant as a long term treatment.
A 39-year-old member asked:

I was wondering what are the differences between hydrocodone and tramadol?

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Dr. Neil Manago
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Both narcotics: Tramadol and oxycodone are both narcotic analgesics that are used for relief of pain. There are several different semisynthetic and synthetic narcotics and these two drugs are examples . Different people get different results from each so options are available.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Could Ultram (tramadol) ease hydrocodone withdrawals?

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Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
Pain Management 29 years experience
Yes: Tramadol is a weak opioid and therefore would help with hydrocodone withdrawal.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between hydrocodone and tramadol?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Tramadol/Codeine: Hydrocodone is a semi synthetic opioid from Codeine, classified as Schedule 2 narcotic. Tramadol is an opioid analgesic classified as Schedule 4 narcotic. Both are used for pain, but Hydrocodone is also used for cough suppression.

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