Does anyone take Ultram (Tramadol HCL) 50 mg for pain?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by tawnya, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. tawnya

    tawnya New Member

    I was prescribed this as a PRN for migraine pain. I've never taken it, and wondered if anyone had anything to say about it.

    Thanks for any input.
  2. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    I have taken it. It sure didn't do anything for migraines for me. It is commonly used for arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc... type pain. I don't think my docs would even think of rxing it for migraines, esp as medications like imitrex are so effective. Do those not work for you or have too many side effects? If they don't work on their own you can add aleve (naproxen sodium) to them. Treximet, one of the newer triptan medications is just imitrex and aleve (500 mg aleve, so take 2 OTC tablets - 220 mg per tab).

    It is good for mild to moderate pain, but not so effective for severe pain. It is often sold as ultracet, which just means it has tylenol added to it (most medications with "-cet" indicate that tylenol is added to the medication).

    I had no side effects from it, it just didn't work as well as I needed it to and after a while it wasn't effective at all. but I was taking it every day for arthritis.

    I was never woozy, sleepy or anything from it but it is still a good idea to not drive or do anything dangerous until you know how you will react to it. Are you on anything to prevent your migraines? Often that is the most effective way to handle them.
  3. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    I've had it for migraines. Trying to recall if that was the one that worked or if it was Zomig or something else that worked better. I know it wasn't Imitrex. Ketoprofen worked best for me.
  4. Josie

    Josie Active Member

    My daughter took it at times for her constant migraine. I think it did better than the other medications she has tried, but it was no miracle. It might have taken the edge off. We stopped going to that doctor, so she doesn't have it anymore.
  5. barneysmom

    barneysmom Member

    Hi Tawnya, I had never heard of Tramadol given for migraines, but I looked it up real quick, and it is mentioned for migraines.

    My husband had some Tramadol left over from something or other, and I borrowed some when I had severe back pain for couple of days. Worked great. It's an opioid, so it did produce a delicious little feeling of well-being, so I had to watch it.

    Good luck with your migraine, hope relief is speedy and lasting.

  6. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    It tends to work better for some people and not at all for others. I think this is one that it really depends on the individual.

    husband takes it with great success. I take it and might as well have eaten an m&m for all the good it does me. I feel nothing, nada, no effect whatsoever. I also noticed no side effects at all. Like I said, was like taking an m&m. lol
  7. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Tramadol is not an opioid. It is a synthetic opioid type medication that supposedly works on the same part of the brain to reduce pain. Supposedly it was invented to avert pain medication dependency. That didnt work because for those that tramadol works for, they do become habituated to tramadol.

    For me, tramadol, or Ultram which was the name brand which was only available when I was prescribed it, was a nightmare. It caused immediate projectile vomiting the moment it hit my stomach. No matter the dose, it came back up. Even if I took phenergan half an hour before hand, it still came back up immediately. I never did get to see if the stuff would do any good. I tried it again later when it came out in generic form and was able to get one pill down but was so nauseated that it was simply not worth it. It certainly didnt do a thing for my pain that could ever be worth that amount of nausea.

    For me, it gets 5 thumbs down.

    As far as migraines go, there are so many other more effective medications out there without using this.
  8. flutterby

    flutterby Fly away!

    It caused me to feel very stoned - and not in a good way - and did nothing, nada, for my pain. However, a friend with lupus takes it and it makes her sleepy, but works well for her.
  9. Star*

    Star* call 911

    Hi T -

    Add me into the group that was not helped by Tramadol. It made me nauseated. I have had migraines for years. Did the whole gamut of 'what could it be from' - from elimination diaries in food, soaps, perfumes, to weather - daily for three months. Loads of fun. Then went in for that hot-dog in a tube test - where they don't tell you about the loud bang, bang, bang sound with the dye injection (MRI?), and then EEG? (the other one where you feel like you're in a 1/2 open dryer.

    I have trialed so many because of crippling migraines - and the cost of going to the ER once a month to get the famous cocktail of morphine/delaudid and phenegrin was getting to be more than my insurance wanted to spend. I'm betting they had a talk with the neurologist /migraine doctor -

    Finally they put me on a super high dose of Topamax - (I didn't start off that way, but worked my way up to quite a hot dose), and Relpax. Between the Topamax and Relpax? I've been able to stay away from the ER for nearly a year now. Well that and I lost my job - AND I pack my head in ice if I even get the little snow aura. Plus - I know now that 2 things will bring on my headaches that I can't do anything about and I never know when it's going to happen - 1.) Either hormones from before, during or after that time of the month - 2.) Sunshiney days all in a row without any rain. I live for overcast, rainey days. I'm moving North ASAP. Haven't been able to pinpoint a food trigger yet other than McDonalds hamburgers.

    Hope this medication helps you though.
  10. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    Relpax! Thank you! That's the other thing I took that worked if I caught it early enough most of the time.
  11. Star*

    Star* call 911

    Relpax has a program too if you write the company that will give you a discount card too -

    Topamax is through Johnson and Johnson and they have a Patient assistance program - you have to be poor, and needy, and love donkeys (i made that last part up) but the rest is true. I get my Topamax for free, a year at a time.

    My Relpax is 6 pills and I've found a local clinic that I don't pay more than $10.00 for - the discount card is 25% off I think. Or no more than $25.00 with insurance card.
  12. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I got my topamax through the patient assistance program for two years.