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Re: Ultram/Tramadol as an AD?

Posted by linkadge on November 10, 2006, at 14:21:40

In reply to Re: Ultram/Tramadol as an AD? med_empowered, posted by pseudoname on November 9, 2006, at 12:51:09

Hey, a babbler babblemailed me and asked me to post the following.

Med_Empowered, please babble mail me if you want the name, this poster asked me not to disclose the name online.


I wanted to let him know that yes, there are people out there who are prescribed
tram for depression (and/or OCD). I'm one of them. I've taken it for 3 years,
prescribed by one of the most prominent psychopharms in my large city. I had to
sell him on the idea, printing out all the sound research I could find, and
prominently displaying some of the big names involved in the research. I think a
university psychopharm is more likely to be open minded enough.

I now take 50 mg. 3 x per day. It helps very much, the most of any of the many
things I've tried. And I have missed many doses and even whole days, and have no
reason to suspect at this time that I'll be one of the people who has a nasty
discontinuation syndrome if I ever stop taking it for good. And I've only
increased the dose once in those 3 years, at the pdoc's request. (If anyone
replies with the standard argument that all will become addicted and have
agonizing withdrawal, I can't allow myself to take the time to beat that dead
horse. And I'm of the opinion that "A rose by any other name is still a rose..."
Call it withdrawal or discontinuation syndrome, it's still a reasonable risk for
many of us to decide to take.)

I believe the main reason that research is apparently no longer being conducted
into tram as a possible AD for wide use, is that it is already available in
generic form and no pharmaceutical company stands to profit enough anymore to
lay out that kind of money. On that note, generic tram is pretty inexpensive.
Especially if your insurance covers it. Mine does, and I don't have coverage for
any psy meds. Costs me $15 per month.

Can't take the time to get into it (and am not good at describing things at
chemical levels anyway), but also wanted Phillipa to know that taking tramadol
for this purpose is not the same at all as taking a true opiate like percocet,
as she mentioned. And the research has shown that chemically it is not the same
action taking place, that improves one's mood. As med_empowered noted, tram is
similar in its action to effexor. Percocet and the like are not. And would be
much riskier in various ways to use long term.





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