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Re: Questions but no answers Keith Talent

Posted by jiggitykid on April 21, 2004, at 21:47:38

In reply to Re: Questions but no answers, posted by Keith Talent on April 21, 2004, at 20:21:28

>>>I've read here and elsewhere that Effexor is almost identical in structure to tramadol (Ultram), an opioid painkiller.<<<

That's interesting. I have a pain disorder (IA and FM) and was prescribed ultram while I was taking effexor. My doctor didn't catch the "do not use if you're taking. . ." warning. Thank goodness I'm my best medical watchdog. I always check out what I'm being given before it ever touches my lips. Now that I'm E-free, I occasionally use Ultram if I am having trouble staying asleep (the pain wakes me up). It's not an outstanding pain killer, but it at least can take the edge off of the pain enough for me to be able to go back to sleep.

I envy my spouse who takes the occasional Ibuprofen for muscle soreness. How wonderful would that be, to not need medications. But, how wonderful it is that there are medications that really do help and make a decent life possible now. At my age, my mother battled the same things that I have (says a lot for heredity!) and didn't have nearly the arsenal that I have to combat the illnesses with. I'm grateful for the meds that work. When one comes along in this day and age where "pop a pill" is the common solution that is as destructive as Effexor was for me and many others (reported and unreported), it is frustrating. My heart aches for the people who don't know about this board and are dealing with the hell of the Effexor problems alone. I can't tell you how relieved I was to discover that what I was experiencing was not unique and that I wasn't "crazy."

Thanks, Dr. Bob.




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