WD from hydrocodone using Tramadol
I just started my second WD from hydrocodone but this time I am using Tramadol 50 mg to ease the symptoms. I am curious if anyone here has done this? I plan to use the Tramadol for a week, maybe two depending on how I am doing.
I used for seven years, quit for a month and restarted for two and a half months. I think I relapsed because I was not prepared for feeling like crap after a month not using. I didn't know about the PAWS at the time. I felt I couldn't take the symptoms anymore.
This is day two using the Tramadol and I feel good. When I did my first big WD, it was hell on Earth for me. I was in so much pain that I didn't move from my bed for about a week, not much anyway. I had someone who has running cover for me, but I wouldn't dare admit that I restarted so I have to just do this with as much normality as I can now.
I do feel a bit weird, that brain drain feeling, but I am going about my normal life surprisingly well.
I do not like the Tramadol because they've always made me sick to my stomach so I won't be taking them too long.
I do not plan to trade one problem for another either. I just could not be bedridden for this second pass at freedom.
I was also taking Xanax when I quit before, about 1 mg a day, but I moved to Ativan and cut my Xanax doses in half, this probably kicked off far more pain than I needed to deal with at once -- bug eyed feeling is so nasty. In the past few months, I am down to 1 mg of Ativan, though. I can get away with .75 mg probably.
Anyway, just wondering if anyone has done the Tramadol route. I've not had any withdraw symptoms yet. I woke up and felt Ok this morning too. Here's my taper schedule.
Day 1 - 4: 75 mg at 8am, noon, 4 pm and 50 at 8pm. (I get sick if I take another 75 mgs at night. Night dose optional because it sleeping is hard)
Day 5-8: 50 mg in four-hour intervals
Day 9-12: .25 in four hour intervals
I wish I had a way to do this for Ativan but I'm stuck on that crap, it's a slow step down, I hate it.
Last edited by Administrator; 04-29-2013 at 03:11 PM.