Posted by Jakeman on June 16, 2005, at 10:36:42
In reply to Re: tramadol: wish it would be researched more!! » Jakeman, posted by ConfuzyQ on June 16, 2005, at 7:09:37
> > I've found that tramadol used occasionally will lift my depression within hours and make me feel more outgoing. Is it prescribed for depression for long-term use? Thanks
> > ~Jake
> It works that way for me too, and also helps with my organization and prioritizing. The research that has been done has found it helps with OCD too, which is one of the things I may have some variant of. I have used it as a pinch-hit for most of the past two years, limiting myself to the lowest dose that seems capable of helping me (25 to 75 mg/day).
> The secondary topic of my tramadol use recurs throughout a thread I have going here right now, started as "Depression getting on Strattera?" (FYI, during the thread I changed my posting name from Spoc.) You probably wouldn't learn much new from reading it, but hey, if you're bored... ;-)
> I'm guessing that even if Effexor is a much more potent SRI than tramadol, if the smaller gun is working it would be the better choice...
> I soooo wish tramadol would be looked into more (but I haven't been paying attention to whether it has). As much as it keeps me pasted together in low dose, I would love to see how much it could help at a higher dose. But I won't go that far on my own, and have accepted that it will probably never be anything more than something I use on my own as a pinch hit when I am not seeing any docs or trying/taking anything else. I would love to hear that I'm wrong on that.
I didn't know about the other thread- thanks. I agree, I would also like to see more information about Tramadol being used as ongoing treatment for depression. I've read anecdoctal reports that its used off-label in Europe for atypical depression. Maybe Ed-UK knows something about that? I initially got Tramadol for back pain and found it didn't help much there. But in that short trial it did give me more energy, and mood and focus improved. I've only taken it intermittently since then. I've read long-time users have some nasty withdrawal effects. But that's true with many widely used meds for depression and anxiety.