Quitting Tramadol, but it's not a huge dose?
I'm new to this site but not totally new to forums, so I hope I don't get flamed to hell for not searching, because I did, and didn't find the answer. I'm going to have questions about some other issues too.. I have ADD and I don't sleep we'll either!
So I have a herniated and ruptured disc, surgery was recommended (laminotomy and discectomy) and I do think I'm going to go through with it. The pain has been constant for over a year and I have completed 4 rounds of physical therapy, not to mention I have lost weight and changed my diet, quit tobacco use, and little has changed.
I initially took Vicodin but didn't use it very long for pain management. I tried going to large amounts of ibuprofen or naproxen only (not mixed) but it tore up my stomach bad. I had severe stomach issues, so on doctor recommendation I switched to Tramadol (50mg every 4-6 hr) for bad pain and acetominophen for PM. This was last October.
Well I found the Tramadol to work reasonably well and enjoyed the way it made me feel and because my doctor told me it was completely safe I took it more than I should have (which I now know is crap). I have never taken more than 150mg in one day. I would typically take 1, maybe 2 50mg tabs at night after a long day at work.
I want to stop using it because I notice myself getting very paranoid and sad way more frequently than I used to. Do I need to taper or can I just stop? It also sounds like this medication goes terribly with the 2 other meds I use on a regular basis. Adderall 15mg for ADHD and Trazodone 100mg for insomnia (recently brought myself down to 50mg, going well so far)