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Old 12-22-2006, 11:50 AM   #1
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Exclamation Tramadol and Citalapram

Hey everyone, I'm new to this board but am I ever glad I found it. I've been suffering with pain/burning/tingling/numbness in my feet for quite a while now ..say a couple of years at least....but this last few months it has become unbearable...hence the visit to the Dr. (GP). He did a bunch of blood work which all came back fine and has referred me to a Neurologist but in the interm I am dying here. The pain is unbearable at some pts...mostly in the evening and so I went to him for something stronger than T3's to try and deal with it til I get into see the Nerou PHd. Anyway, he prescribed Tramacet for me but when my hubby brought it home he had a HUGE info page from the pharmacist stating all the things that "could" go wrong with this medication and then there was the Seritonin disease that I "could" get because I am on Citalapram as well. Sooooo, I'm on the search for others who have A. used Tramadol and B. possibly used it with Citalapram (celexa). I am on a very low does of Citalapram (10mg's per day) for anxiety which all started over a heart disorder which all started over taking Vioxx which all started because I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Anyway, I'd really like to talk with others about this tramadol before starting it. Any help is greatly appreciated. Signed, sitting her looking at a bottle of pain killers that I could really used but am terrified to use because of this little white sheet of paper that came along home with it! *s* HELP

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Old 12-22-2006, 08:10 PM   #2
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Re: Tramadol and Citalapram

Hi Tammy,
This is what I found:TRAMADOL may interact with CITALOPRAM (in Celexa)

Both citalopram and tramadol have an effect on serotonin, a chemical that is found in the brain. Excess levels of serotonin in the brain may cause serious or potentially life-threatening side effects. Early signs of this problem include increased confusion and restlessness. Other possible symptoms may include weakness, fever, nausea, and anxiety. In rare cases, high levels of serotonin in the brain may cause severe complications like seizures, stroke, and even death. If citalopram and tramadol are used together, your doctor may want to closely monitor you for side effects. Ask your healthcare provider about these drugs and this potential interaction as soon as possible.

This interaction is poorly documented and is considered major in severity

I would suggest that you call your doctor and tell him of your concerns and ask for Lortab. I didn't do well with tramadol and have been taking Lortab for two years now. I take lyrica for PN, ativan (1mg) at bedtime to sleep, lexapro for depression/anxiety, it seems to be a balancing act to find the right combinations that work. Unfortunately that may take time, I am like you however and I wouldn't want to play with a side effect like that. Good luck and I hope you find what works for you soon.

Old 01-01-2007, 01:12 AM   #3
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Re: Tramadol and Citalapram

I had a bad reactin to tramadol, it can make you drowsy or hyper and I started having what seemed to be CNS problems from it such as seeing white haze and anxiety... but this was me. I know somone who takes tramodol and does very well with it and has been for quite a while. It just depends on how your body reacts to it I suppose.. but it may react differently with other drugs as jannaw posted, so be very careful and express your concerns or ask for somthing else.

Old 01-17-2007, 12:59 PM   #4
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Re: Tramadol and Citalapram


Only joined this board today but been having nerve pain problems to inner thigh mainly since vulva surgery in 2002/2003. I take Tramadol but only when really desperate as it makes my skin itch and too much can make me very light headed and floaty.

I was also taking Citalapram until a few months ago. I was trying Pregabalin (recommended for nerve pain) and was extremely sick for about a week. Couldn't keep down any pills and decided not to go back on the Citalapram or the Pregabalin.

I am trying to cut down on medication but if I take the Tramadol (if I want to go out etc) then I have to take an antihistamine as well - seem to go round and round in circles.

I don't think the two medications together made any difference and the anti-depressant certainly saved my sanity when I needed it.

Old 01-17-2007, 01:03 PM   #5
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Re: Tramadol and Citalapram

Forgot to say: Tramadol gave me halluncination type dreams when I first tried it not long after my surgery.

A friend takes two tablets every day that she works (four days) and has no trouble at all. She is also on an antidepressant.

If you are going to try - take it when you are not going anywhere and start on lowest dose to see how you feel.

Old 01-18-2007, 05:08 AM   #6
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Re: Tramadol and Citalapram

I just wanted to add that Tramadol can be VERY, VERY, VERY addictive so please be careful taking it.

I developed up to a 40pill/day habiit but I have an addictive personality.

Good Luck..

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