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Re: Anyone take Ultram for psychiatric use? theo

Posted by temoigneur on July 19, 2005, at 20:25:48

In reply to Re: Anyone take Ultram for psychiatric use? Jakeman, posted by theo on July 19, 2005, at 18:46:09

I think Ultram was first used in OCD by a florida psychiatrit, Nathan Shapira - he reports anywhere from a 25 - 65% reduction in OCD symptoms, noting that it has the advantage of being fast acting, can be taken on an as needed basis.

Ultram's has some sort of additional opiate property that distinguishes it from Effexor, I used it for about 8 months, I seemed to have a placebo effect combined with some response at first - I was on 300- 400 mg/day and I must say of all the opiates purported to be helpful in OCD it was the only helpful one for me. I tried morhpine, and other pain killers with no/ very limited success.

Tramadol cleared my thoughts, and allowed me to think more clearly. Due however, only partially to circumstances, I ended up in the hospital with hysterical anxiety on ~250? effexor, and 350 Tramadol + some relatively benign agents IMHO, (neurontin). I think my anxiety just started to spin out of conrol, I tried to do too much, and that was all. I wonder, if under the care of a *knowledgeable* psychiatrist, if it may be beneficial for some - I just don't want to advocate it because of where I ended up. At first it was a minor breakthrough, I could think more coherently, it decreased anxiety - although I always presented with noticeably drained energy. It did partially hold entact my higher level cognition, which the TCA's seem to numb. I talked with Dr. Shapiro -

As it got out of control in my case, and I was never able to consult Dr. Shapiro, I would suggest have your doctor talk with him if possible - UFL, gainseville,

Ben


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