Using Tramadol to get over opiate wds
I just started my second WD from hydrocodone but this time I am using Tramadol 50 mg to ease the symptoms. There's been some studies about this working so I feel OK doing it.
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. So far it's been super easy compared with the CT a few months ago, I was down in a great deal of pain for more than a week, and then I had PAWS, which I wasn't ready for, and I relapsed, slow at first but back to my normal dose for the last two weeks.
I used for seven years before my first quit in Jan.
I do feel a bit weird, that brain drain feeling, but I am going about my normal life surprisingly well. I don't really like the Tramadol., never did, because they always make me queasy.
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'm ending day 2 right now so this is a real switch from going CT.
Day 1 - 3: 75 mg at 8am, noon, 4 pm and 50 at 8pm. I took 50 mg for my night dose on Day 2, the 75 was just too strong.
Day 4-7: 50 mg in four-hour intervals
Day 9-12: .25 in four hour intervals
I'll let you know how it pans out. I may take 75 in the morning tomorrow, may just take 50, I honestly want to take just enough to keep the WDS off me. I figure a week will cover it and then this fast taper out of the Tramadol should keep me from getting sick again.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. LOL. I hope it works.