It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Addiction & Recovery Message Board

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-18-2008, 07:10 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2007
Location: St. Louis MO, USA
Posts: 43
deadlifter HB User
Ultram ER taper help please?


I've been taking 200 mg of Ultram ER every night for the past 5 months for discogenic pain in my C5/C6 disk which was injured last June. The physical therapy, dynamic traction control, and steroid injections have been so helpful that my pain management doctor took me off Ultram today.

I am feeling a lot better painwise, but have read too much about tramadol withdrawal that I'd like to do the best taper I can with my remaining pills. I have 19 200 mg Ultram ERs left in the bottle.

How should I taper them to minimize any withdrawal I might go through?

Also, I have quite a few Norco 10's left over as breakthrough pain medication I could add into the taper if they would help during the taper?

Any help is very much appreciated!


Old 02-19-2008, 07:04 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: united states
Posts: 185
Winnie31 HB User
Re: Ultram ER taper help please?

I took Ultram but not the extended release. I would say you need to taper yourself very slow. When you start this I would try to cut down to half for a week or so and then maybe move to 1/4th for a week or so. You still will have some sort of withdrawl but hopefully not as severe. I also think you need to prepare yourself for withdrawl symptoms like restlessness, insomnia, maybe a little nausea, depression, and just feeling like crap for a while. If it were me I would not take the Norco..I would taper get through the withdrawls and be done. Sometimes it feels like you will never feel better, but just take it day by day and before you know it you will feel like a new person.

Take care!

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 02-19-2008, 12:32 PM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2007
Location: St. Louis MO, USA
Posts: 43
deadlifter HB User
Re: Ultram ER taper help please?


Thanks for the reply!

Just as I feared. I did not take my normal pill at bedtime last night and I was restless all night with a bit of nausea too.

I don't believe I can cut the pills without bypassing the "extended release" feature so I'm stuck with 200 mg at a time. Should I just go from one per day to one per every other day for a while to one every third day, etc.. until use up the 19? Or should I just stay cold turkey and ride this out?

Old 02-19-2008, 01:35 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: united states
Posts: 185
Winnie31 HB User
Re: Ultram ER taper help please?

Sorry!! I forgot about the extended release part. Have you tried maybe talking to your doctor and tellling him you tried to quit taking them but you are having bad withdrawls? If he could maybe give you some plain ultram and have you taper with those? I would tell you to go cold turkey but that can have severe problems doing that. If I were you I would call the doc and ask them!!

Let me know what you find out!!!


Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Will ultram prevent or help Morphine Withdrawals? ufos8mycat Pain Management 14 05-28-2012 10:46 AM
Ultram/Tramadol Addicts Please Help pillpoppergirl Addiction & Recovery 3 07-14-2009 08:54 PM
Ultram addiction linda71 Addiction & Recovery 2 08-20-2007 07:20 PM
Ultram-Please Help! Emerald38 Addiction & Recovery 15 06-11-2007 07:17 AM
Hi!! I'm new and I'm wondering if ultram is habit forming? carlamichelle Addiction & Recovery 3 08-19-2006 09:10 AM

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.


There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added

Top 10 Drugs Discussed on this Board.
(Go to for complete list)
Ultram Valium


Phoenix (150), katlin09 (108), reachout (100), Wendy88 (36), second go (36), oxygirl (34), corissa3 (32), Tysmom1 (24), icehouse3z (24), bolter (21)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1180), MSJayhawk (1013), Apollo123 (909), Titchou (856), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (763), ladybud (755), midwest1 (671), sammy64 (668), BlueSkies14 (607)

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:17 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!