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Is Tramadol An Opiate
As others said, : Tramadol is a synthetic narcotic. As a neurologist I try avoiding it when possible due to its risk vs. benefits when it comes to ACTUAL pain relief scores for conditions such as radiculopathy, neuropathy, & headaches vs. # of significant side effects such as seizures and conversion of pain into chronic form due to quick tolerance of the body and risk of medication overuse syndrome. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Yes: Meperidine, or demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) is a very addictive opiate. The opiate also forms a significant physiologic dependence in patients if used for extended periods. Addiction is a biopsychosocial disease with a genetic predisposition. Dependency is a physiologic dependence on a medication. Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) or Meperidine may cause both. ...Read more
No: Cyclobenzaprine is a type of muscle relaxant, and not an opoid medication (narcotic). Because it can affect the way you feel, some people can become psychologically dependent on it if they take a lot over an extended period of time. But it is not a narcotic or opoid medication. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Toradol?: Toradol (ketorolac) belongs to a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Advil and Aleve are in that group. Ketorolac works by reducing inflammation and pain in the body. It is used short-term to treat moderate to severe pain. An addict should already have a doctor monitoring all her medications and prescriptions, and can check for any reasons to avoid Toradol. ...Read more
Is tramadol an opiate? Can it be used in conjunction, properly with norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)?
Yes..yes...but: Tramadol is an opiate and can be used with norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen). Tramadol can be addicting but less so than Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) (hydrocodone). In treating pain, i tend to prefer tramadol to Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) actually. There are many non-opioid treatments of pain that are not addicting at all. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bruised my ribs 1 wk ago. Was given Tramadol (can't take opiates) and Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) . I am so constipated, no BM since injury. Took MOM & NOTHING-HELP!!!!
Colace, (docusate sodium) senna: There are other combinations such as prune juice or colace and senna or miralax (polyethylene glycol) that can help with the constipation. unfortunately the tramadol may be constipating as it has opioid like properties even though it is synthetic. Therefore you may want to try topical diclofenac, also called Pennsaid or lidocaine, or lidoderm patch for the pain. ...Read more
Tramadol=Opiate: A common misconception is that tramadol is not an opiate. In fact, it is. An opiate is defined as a medication that binds to a specific type of receptor called a mu receptor;tramadol binds to this receptor. Therefore it causes typical opiate related side effects including nausea, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, sedation and respiratory depression. ...Read more
No: To clarify, if you are on long term opiates and take tramadol there is no withdrawal. Long term tramadol does have a withdrawal syndrome however. The 2 drugs are additive and can cause sleepiness and respiratory depression and should NOT be taken at the same time as the work on the same receptors and would provide no further benefit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tapering is best: Tramadol is a synthetic opiate with weak Mu opiate agonist activity and some re-uptake inhibition of norepinephrine and serotonin. In translation: it acts like a weak narcotic AND antidepressant at the same time. It has a long half life: 7 hours. So it takes a while (4-5 half lives) to build up and to come out of the body. Taper over 2 weeks reducing the dose 10% per day to avoid withdrawal. ...Read more
Opiate withdrawal but severe discomfort that mimicks ss would tapering be a better solution to quitting the tramadol abrubtly, what to do?
Yes: If the tramadol is being prescribed, talk to the prescriber about a tapering regimen. If it is not prescribed, this is part of a substance use disorder, and you should seek help. Tapering can be done with a cross-reactive drug like buprenorphine (Suboxone) or methadone, or can be done with tramadol itself. However, counseling and a support program is also a necessary part of recovery. Good luck. ...Read more
I'm having opiate withdrawal but severe discomfort that mimicks ss. Would tapering be a better solution to quitting the tramadol abrubtly?
Yes: In general it is a lot better in terms of comfort and the body adjusting to taper off medications if you have been on it for a prolonged period of time. Tapering both dose and interval helps. ...Read more
Hi i am going through opiate withdrawl very minimal symptoms as its day 6 at 5 am i took 200 mg tramadol and at 11am 60mg vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) when can dose tram?
Did tramadol(150mg/day)for 6yrs then switched to methadone(15mg/day)for 1.5yrs then quit 100days ago. last30 days started taking vyvanse for ADD. is this bad for the recovery of my neurotransmitters that were damaged from the longterm opiate use?
Discuss w/ Dr: Your Rx needs have been risky for addiction (as you know) and this is a good choice relatively since it only is effective per oral use. But the impact on brain chemistry might still be imperfect. Ask your Dr to check it out for you (they know your body's Hx). Try other techniques too to reduce dosage needs, etc. Psychotherapy, meditation, yoga, etc might be good! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any other non opiate pain killers besides 'tramadol' to control abdominal and stomach pains?
Tramadol technically: is an opiate. It is a synthetic opiate receptor binding drug and is effective for mild to moderate pain. There are many modalities for treating pain other than medication alone. If this is a chronic problem you may wish to speak with a pain specialist (in fact I strongly recommend this). NSAIDs like Ibuprofen and Tylenol (acetaminophen) are also helpful for pain, but have significant potential for adverse effect ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Why would ultram alleviate my back pain whereas every other opiate hasnt regardless of strength. What's it mean etiology wise in regards to my pain?
Tramadol: is chemically related to the opioids but is not, strictly speaking, a true opioid. ...Read more
Thank you for your help!!! :-) if you don't mind me asking... Would that be a week from thee last one took? Or a week from the fifth day that I was clean? Also I hate to ask but does tremadol show up on a regular three panel drug test as opiates? I didn't
From the last dose: It is one week from the last pill you took. Also it will not show up on a three panel test for opiates. ...Read more
Good analgesic: Tramadol is one of the only non-narcotic pain "killers" on the market. It is good for mild to moderate pain but is fairly short acting, clinically providing pain reduction for 2-4 hours, on average. It comes in an er (extended release) form for patients with chronic daily pain. Ask your doctor for advise if this agent is right for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer