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.
Hi climbatree... I could have wrote your post myself!!! Here is my origianl post on another site.....
I am on day 3 of stopping cold turkey from 4-6 10/-650s Hydrocodones. I also take 4-6 Tramadol a day, sometimes less, 30-50 mgs of Ritalin a day and .50 mg of xanax at bedtime. This is all from treating severe fibromyalgia and chronic fatique syndrome and by a physcians care.
I recently have believed that these meds are causing me more pain and fatigue then I possibly have naturally and I want to find out. I began with the xanax and am tapering off of them, from 1 mg to .50 at this time. (at bedtime only)
Wednesday morning at 8am was my last hydrocodone. I had taken 3 between 4:30am and 8:00 am. It was time to do something about it. I am continuing on tramadol, and possibly increased it to help through the pain and fatigue of the w/d of the hydrocodone.
My question.... having two illnesses that are central pain and fatigue anyhow, having all of these meds in me.... am I going to experience any relief from this w/d. Like what I hear others receive around day 5-7?
I am extremely weak, a bit shaky, lots of pain, etc.... I am not functioning normally and this is day 3. If it doesn't get better than this then I maybe doing this to myself in vain.
Can anyone with experience help me?
My advice.... research the tramadol for yourself and discover how highly addictive they are and the side-effects AND withdrawal symtoms that they bring. Also know that MANY people say that their w/d is MUCH worse than hydrocodone anyday.
If I could do it over and IF I would not have ever taken tramadol regularly, I would have gotten through the hdyros and not compacted it with more issues.