Tramadol and gabapentin

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I think that it helped me with the RLS and a little with sleep. I had that and clonidine (BP med) and couldn't have gone cold turkey from tramadol without them! Good luck!
I plan on lowering my dose of vicodene tomorrow and start taking the gabapentin. Doctor said it was safe to take both. Any advice and all suggetions would be much appreciated. I know I have to get off the vics but the w/d's scare the h*** out of me. Good Luck to all fighting this fight.
As you already know, it usually takes several weeks of the really nasty symptoms of acute withdrawal, followed by several months of just insomnia and general weakness and depression. Ask your physician to prescribe you some Neurontin (gabapentin) for general malaise, anxiety and muscle cramps, Requip for the restless leg syndrome and possibly something like Seroquel low dose for the insomnia.
What is happening to you is a daily withdrawal from tramadol. Even though Tramadol is not considered a true narcotic medication and is relatively easily prescribed for pain by some physicians, it is as you have found out quite addictive and difficult to quit. As you already know, it usually takes several weeks of the really nasty symptoms of acute withdrawal, followed by several months of just insomnia and general weakness and depression.
I've been suffering from chronic neck and back pain for the past 4 years and have had lots of nerve blocks, denervations and botox injections done - nothing has really helped. I've been given Tramadol ER 200mg x twice a day by my Dr and they seem to be working but are making me feel weird/really tired/tinnitus/tearful. Should I keep taking them And how long shall I give them before I know if they are really for me? Thank you all very much.
So my dr gave me gabapentin for tramadol withdrawals. It has helped wonderfully. This was 7 days ago. So I think I am over the withdrawals from the tramadol but I have been taking high doses of gabapentin in that 7 days. Like anywhere from 900-1800mg a day to stave off withdrawals. My question is how long will it take to develop a gabapentin addiction because I've read horror stories about the withdrawals.
Don't know about withdrawls with that but i took the gabapentin for like a week and it made me a crazy hostile paranoid person. That drug is strange and i think you should pay close attention to your symptoms when quitting. btw- my doctor had perscribed it thinking that it may help with my pain. hah-not quite.
So my dr gave me gabapentin for tramadol withdrawals. It has helped wonderfully. This was 7 days ago. So I think I am over the withdrawals from the tramadol but I have been taking high doses of gabapentin in that 7 days. Like anywhere from 900-1800mg a day to stave off withdrawals. My question is how long will it take to develop a gabapentin addiction because I've read horror stories about the withdrawals.
She referred me to a pain management doctor and physical therapist and also gave me a prescription for Gabapentin (100mg...take 100mg at night for 5 days, then 200mg a night for 5 days then 300mg a night). Has anyone taken it and found it helpful? Also what about the dose? So much that I am reading discusses much higher doses and talks about taking it 3 times a day. Any insight would be gratefully appreciated, thanks.
i used to be prescribed this medication (gabapentin) for GHB withdrawals and as a mood stabilizer and I did abuse it. most of the time at dosages of 8 to 12 800mg tablets at a time and I just wanted to caution anyone who might take alot of it that it did make me have seizures from time to time at dosages as low as 8 400mg capsules. just a cautionary note.
More so than taking hydrocodone 5-325 or tramadol 50 mg. Neither of which I liked to take. I am a recovering addict and scared to death of opiates. Besides my knees and back and hands don't hurt as much. Those other meds, 2xs a day didn't touch I haven't had to ***** today, and I am getting my focus back.
then joy of joys I had a 6th surgery repeating the dilaudid to tramadol switch and back as well as Oxycodone. After being on the Oxy-c and Tramadol together then just the tramadol for a couple months I got a severe case of Shingles with the treatment being Oxycodone and anti virals...
When prescribing gabapentin carefully evaluate patients for a history of drug abuse and observe them for signs and symptoms of gabapentin misuse or abuse (e.g. development of tolerance, self-dose escalation, and drug-seeking behavior). Dependence There are rare postmarketing reports of individuals experiencing withdrawal symptoms shortly after discontinuing higher than recommended doses of gabapentin used to treat illnesses for which the drug is not approved.
He was a mechanic, and many other things in his career and has had a devistating attack to his brain by Gabapentin. What I mean is he was a smart guy who was always on top of what ever was going on and now he acts like he has had a labotimy (sp?). I found him petting the coffee pot like it was a dog, saying how well it worked and how it was a mystery to him. Is that normal? I did not have these issues when I took it, I just always felt like it wasn't doing anything for me.
I will keep taking the gabapentin, and give it time to work... and up it slowly.
5 days off tramadol for me...and gabapentin (nuerontin) has been my saviour. I've wd before, on account of running my prescription out before refill is due several times, and it was hell. This time....completely different. I have been drinking tons of gatorade and smoothies, but the gabapentin is my best friend. I actually don't want to go back this time. Feel better than I have in a long time. Sounds like you have an arsenal to help you...you can do it, and feel good about doing it.....
i took gabapentin for a couple of weeks and it was turning me crazy. i was paranoid and raging mad over nothing. i wouldn't go near it with a ten ft. pole- hah but everyone is different and reacts differently. regardless, it is another perscription and i have found that it is best to stay away from scripts and try to find other natural sources.
So on and So on until you are not noticing withdrawal. Tramadol is a great drug for many people but it does act on the opiate receptors and acts as a ssri antidepressnt. Like giving up two drugs at once. So go slow. Your habit is not real big so it should be pretty easy to taper if you do it now. After I would only take them if you are hurting not for any of the side effects.
Eventually I found a doc and did subutex/ soboxone. I t was wonderful. Complete success and i stayed clean for about 5 years. But 18 mos ago I had spinal meningitis which turned in to osteomyelitis. I had a cervical fusion--anterior and posterior of my C-1 to C7. Doc put two steel plates and 50 screws in my spine to bolt me back together since the bacteria had eaten so much of my bone. Got back on pain meds and voila--- I'm still an addict.
I had only been taking tramadol for one month at 2 50mg pills twice daily and then stopped as I no longer felt I needed it and suddenly starting experiencing all the anxiety, insomnia, mood swings and all the other crap we know comes with these withdrawals. So after going back on to confirm it was withdrawals from the Tramadol (which I was led to believe was non habit forming or dangerous!
Even though Tramadol is not considered a true narcotic medication and is relatively easily prescribed for pain by some physicians, it is as you have found out quite addictive and difficult to quit. I have dealt with hundreds of addicts who have all told me horror stories of doing it by themselves. I would only guess that if are successful in doing it at home you don't end up in my clinic.
I have been off tramadol for 7 months, and I don't remember having anything like that after a couple of weeks???? I had insomnia and stomach stuff and low energy for a little longer but no zapping or pins and needles. Would it be possible that it's some underlying health thing? As far as natural solutions, I would say mag/cal/zinc supplement from wal mart and some melatonin or something similar for sleep. Don't want to get on a benzo or sleeping pill at this point.
some Family med Docs may not be aware of the dangers yet but I would be willing to bet most, if not all, ER's have seen Tramadol Overdoses and Tramadol related issues. Obviously, some people have jumped off c/t at high doses like you and ended up ok, but Im just telling yiou from MY experience (and I was on a little less than you) It was pure hell! I relapsed a week later back on Norcos because I couldnt take the withdrawls anymore.
Turns out Aleve is not broken down and passed thru the liver and tramadol is. I am back on Tramadol and have the hyperness and dry mouth but hopefully it will get the weight off. By the way, I have fibromyalgia.
We all respond differently to these meeds and finding the optimum treatment is a process of trial and error. If I were in your shoes I would try the gabapentin, and if that seems insufficient, try the addition of amitriptyline or nortriptyline. Medical cannabis is another possible option, if it's accessible where you live. One final thought....the only thing that has helped me when I've suffered from the MS hug is IV steroids.
So I'm hooked on tramadol, without which I can't really walk with my back and the detox is hell, and living in a country where I can get them cheaply, without a prescription, at about 50 locations within a 5 minute walk to my house. Good news: they do have AA here! Bad news: NOT IN INGLES, and my lazy butt hasn't learned Spanish yet. I've tried quitting cold turkey a few times and haven't made in more than 2-3 days. I'm still not drinkin though.
Well, im on day 3 off tramadol, and i have to say, the gabapentin is my best friend. No rls, been sleeping, no night sweats, just a few chills throughout the day, and sneezing. Actually feeling good, clear, got up out of bed the last two mornings feeling positive, not feeling like i cant function without the little devils. Incredible. Not sure how this has worked for anyone else, but for me its an absolute miracle drug!
ive been on tramadol for about 3 years now it started with gall bladder pain and then i got hooked and faked pain to get scripts..im over being on this drug its addictive and it controls my life, i have been without for a couple of days at a time but get bad withdraws, mainly the restless legs at night and i cant sleep, im groggy during the day and really short tempered and just cant concentrate...
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