I've been on Tramadol for 6+ months (can't remember how long) 50mg x4 a day. 2 weeks ago my GP increased the dose to 100mg x4 a day, if needed.
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As long as the medicine hits it then it's going to work, supposing the doses are relatively equivalent. It's not like your opiate receptor is going to be able to distinguish between brands, just potency. The codeine will essentially just replace the Tramadol. The only problem I could foresee you having was a withdrawal from the SNRI effects, which tends to be more mental/emotional than physical, at least for me. However, when I switched meds, I got absoluy none of it so I really don't think you have much to worry about.
20 users here now.
Anyone had any experience doing this? Any tips that might help? I'm a little worried about withdrawal symptoms which I forgot to mention to the GP.
First Line, codeine or tramadol, morphine, oxycodone or hydromorphone. Second Line 2) Do not switch from codeine to fentanyl regardless of the codeine dose, as some codeine users may have little or no opioid tolerance. The manufacturer recommends a lower dose for tramadol/acetaminophen (8 tablets/day).
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I can't take both together, but, can I take codeine on my next dose instead of tramadol and just simply swap, or do I have to titrate downwards on the (yes I know, right, but it's the experience I have ok, lol) was on tramadol and I switched her to Buprenorphine as the tramadol didn't agree with her - I was told.
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My back has just 'gone' again, in that I have gone from yesterday standing straight to today bent over with shooting pains down back and legs (normal when it goes). Now, tramadol does not cut through the pain enough. Not like codeine does (cocodemol 60/1000mg). I have been taking tramadol for about 2 months or so for back pain, have over the last week or so reduced my daily amount.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Randomised, cross-over, clinical study of 40 opioid-naive patients with nociceptive cancer pain who received tramadol or DHC controlled release tablets for 7 days, and then drugs were switched and administered for another 7 days. Pain was assessed by visual analogue scale (VAS), QL by.
Randomised, cross-over, clinical study of 40 opioid-naive patients with nociceptive cancer pain who received tramadol or DHC controlled release tablets for 7 days, and then drugs were switched and administered for another 7 days. Pain was assessed by visual analogue scale (VAS), QL by EORTC QLQ C 30, and PS by Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and Karnofsky.
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In symptom scales, less fatigue, pain and sleep disturbances, less nausea and vomiting and better appetite in DHC group were noted. In tramadol group, less constipation and less financial problems were observed. ECOG and Karnofsky PS were low and did not differ between tramadol and DHC groups. DHC treatment provided better analgesia (VAS). In QL functional scales, better emotional functioning in tramadol group and better global QL and cognitive functioning in DHC group were observed. From 40 patients recruited, 30 completed the study. No differences in dyspnoea and diarrhoea were noted.
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PS deteriorated in both tramadol and DHC groups. Dihydrocodeine treatment was associated with better global QL, cognitive functioning, analgesia and appetite, less fatigue, sleep disturbances, nausea and vomiting. Tramadol therapy was connected with better emotional functioning, less constipation and financial problems.
The aim of the study was to assess the impact of tramadol and DHC treatment on quality of life (QL) and performance status (PS) of patients with cancer pain. Tramadol and dihydrocodeine (DHC) are analgesics of step 2 WHO analgesic ladder (opioids for mild to moderate pain, weak opioids) frequently used in the treatment of cancer pain of moderate intensity.
Tramadol has worse WDs from what i hear, i only took tramadol once and didnt like it very much, but my experiences with codeine have been pretty fun, and the WDs. I have just read about horror stories of tramadol withdrawal, so that's the only thing preventing me from switching entirely to tramadol.
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