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Tramadol and memory loss


4.21.2018 | Benjamin MacDonald

It, along with Flexeril, makes me really drowsy, and if I take either too late in the evening, they give me a definite drug hangover. The old standby, methocarbamol (Robaxin) works OK, but the one I still use from time to time, and is the most effective, is Skelaxin. I'm not sure if anyone really understands the mechansim of these drugs, and the effects of each very much change from patient to patient. I wouldn't say they are pain relievers, but in a flare Skelaxin does seem to mitigate my body's physical tension/stress - in that sense, they help my other analgesics do their job, so I need less of them. ** Originally posted by Flycaster ** Ang, I have tried zanaflex.

It is in fact a distant cousin of the anti-depressant drug Effexor. Anyway, I take Tramadol for pain on a daily basis and since starting it last winter I have noticed a marked decrease in memory (short term), for example I had the hardest time remembering how to do simple things I did on a daily basis in my job. (see Wikkipedia). For me the pain relief is worth the side effects, just very frustrating. Deanna. It is also not classified as a controlled substance in the USA but is in some European countries and by the US Military Pharmacies. It is frustrating to say the least. Now here is the thing, I also take MTX and I have heard many people say the same about it, so is it the MTX or the Tramadol or the combo of the two. And my other half will l you how frustrated he gets with me as he will l me something and 10 minutes later I can't remember it. I had to write down instructions to myself for everything. ** Originally posted by realtor910 ** Tramadol is not an opioid it is a synthetic pain reliever that acts as an opioid in the brain.

He told me that once he titrated off the drug (he suffered prolonged and severe withdrawal issues too) his "thinking" really cleared up. ** Originally posted by Flycaster ** I know this is anecdotal heresay, but a good friend who has been on long term pain management for destructive spine disease stopped taking Tramadol ER because he claimed it "fuzzed" him out unacceptably. Just FWIW.

many of us have dealt with this long enough that we don't mind answering any questions honestly. she was terrified of running out and asked every doc she saw for more. i hate flexeril for that very reason. i watch for side effects and pay attention and if i don't need pain relief today, i don't take anything. i resisted taking anything for a long time, then took less than prescribed, then took them today but not tomorrow, then if i had to them 4 times one day i made sure to only them 2 times the next. i've never tried skelaxin. jeannine, never worry about asking questions here. ** Originally posted by Kentucky_Girl ** FC, bummer on the zanaflex side effects. i consider this site like those books "the girlfriends guide to. the flexeril knocks me flat but the zanaflex doesn't bother me. i know exactly what you mean about the hangover, tho. it's like waking up from anesthesia for me. so far, i haven't had any problems. my doc smiled at me and told me to take what he prescribed, only what he prescribed, and never more than what was prescribed and if i needed less he'd see that i was safely taken off of them. if i have a bad flare and need them for a few months at the max dose, i take them. this is where you get the answers to the questions you are afraid to ask in the doctors office or want to feel out before you ask the doc. ". i finally realized i am smart enough to know my body and what is going on. i worry about dependency too and watched my grandmother become dependent on narcotics for RA. anyone really uncomfortable won't respond on the thread but as you can see, many of us will. if you are ever nervous, PM one of us first.

it's the "weakest" of the pain killers. here's a link i use often for looking up scripts for my family. knowing that i have many more years possible of needing pain relief for spondylitis, and having a PCP who will also add stronger drugs if necessary, i try hard to limit what i take. http://www.rxlist.com/ultram-drug.htm. my rheumy will give me those two without me having to see a pain management specialist. i also have the stronger darvocet, another opiod. i think memory loss and confusion were listed as only very rare side effects. anyway, back to your question, the most common side effects are gastro related and headache. i take it myself and it has the least side effects for me of any other pain killers. ** Originally posted by Kentucky_Girl ** tramadol is one of the synthetic pain killers so it's an opiod not a hyrocodone based product.

Fear of tramadol is justified. At first it seemed to work pretty good and I liked it. A former doc who felt it necessary to "explore other options" to Oxycodone scripted tramadol ER for me. I had miserable withdrawals from that poison. So after a few months and my refills ran out, I decided I didn't want to take it anymore and went back to NSAIDS. Then the depression hit. Never, never again. Boy, what a mistake that was. I was so wiped out could hardly get out of bed. I would rather eat a bowl of cat **** than ever take tramadol again. Absoluy joyless existence for about a week. The zaps and the craps. But then it began to cause me to have a dry mouth, and I started to grind my teeth and accidentally bite my tongue when eating or chewing gum. I didn't know it at the time, but these were like mini muscle spasms and/or seizures.

Long term side effects of tramadol
Tramadol and memory loss

In my friend's case, however, this wasn't the issue; he is just one of those people who have a mental side-effect due to the specific medication. Interestingly, he had the same side-effect with Neurontin whereas Lyrica didn't spin his top at all. I'm exactly the reverse: Neurontin does nothing to or for me, and Lyrica signifcantly reduced my neuropathic pain but it makes me feel like I've had a triple martini on top of a bunch of pot. ** Originally posted by Flycaster ** Ang, that's absoluy true. As in, adios.

Does that mean I am getting dependent on it? I have never really thought about this until now. ** Originally posted by tetons ** I am only able to take Tramadol at night because I don't think I could work on it or trust myself to drive either. There is just not much pain relief during the day right now for me and I can't wait to take the tramadol when I get home from work if I know I won't have to drive again.

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What I've been told is that everyone builds tolerance up to a certain point then it stops - iow, the same dose continues to work for a long, long time. I simply can't shake the feeling that it will bite me.hard. With narcotics, unless you take a *boatload* every day, the withdrawal consists of feeling crummy for about 3 days, like you have the flu, and by day 5 you're fine; coming off Cymbalta, otoh, I literally thought I was going to die. Holy smoke, I was afraid to go to sleep. Interestingly, my PM doc just gave me a month's sample of Savella; she says it works a little bit bit differently than either Effexor or Cymbalta, and she wants me to trial it for neuropathic pain. Full blown panic attacks, feeling like I was suffocating, and freakish, violent nightmares. debbieleft, I've heard Effexor can have the same, bad withrawal as Cymbalta. Dependance is just the inevitable reality with long term narcotic use, as is constipation and a host of other issues. ** Originally posted by Flycaster ** Ang, I do knwym. I kid you not, it was horrible - they finally had to put me on anti-anxiety meds, and my wife had to sleep in a different room for over a week. I must admit that it is still in my med drawer, and every time I look at the package I get the creeps.it's the same type of programmed fear I feel whenever I see a poisonous snake. I have to say, however, narcotic withdrawal was NOTHING compared to the withdrawal off Cymbalta.

it doesn't matter which meds we are talking about, if they are not working and i am in pain, i have brainfog and can't remember squat. even when i go up to hydrocodone, i generally don't have side effects. if i am taking a low dose of anything that is helping the pain and i can move, then i generally feel only pain relief and no side effects. ** Originally posted by Kentucky_Girl ** another interesting and anecdotal point, for me it's the pain, not the meds (whichever ones) that cause the brainfog.

** Originally posted by wildflowerAnn ** Thanks to everyone for all of the good ideas, and for affirming that it can be the med.

** Originally posted by ericw10 **

She has tried just taking Advil, but Advil doesn't always reduce the pain effectively. Any other suggestions?. She said its listed as a possible side effect, but it could also be the beginning of dementia. The options aren't too great. Pain management for arthritis damage is really something. Her doctor is afraid of the FDA and won't give her Vicodin anymore. ** Originally posted by wildflowerAnn ** Has anyone else noticed a change in their short term memory after taking Tramadol for an extended period of time? My mom takes it for severe arthritis of the spine, and in the last few months she has experienced some memory problems. I took her to CVS and she got a moist heat pack, but that doesn't touch the pain either.

** Originally posted by realtor910 **

It will make her feel better since she was worried it was the start of dementia. Interesting that people say the same thing about mtx. I'll l my mom that Tramadol affects you this way too. Thanks for your help, guys. She is very frustrated too. Noticed an immediate difference when I stopped taking it. I thought cyclosporene gave me brain fog. Appreciate it. We went shopping for a small daily diary for her so that she could write down the fact that she took her meds, and whether or not someone called, etc. Realtor910, what you describe is exactly what is going on with my mom. ** Originally posted by wildflowerAnn ** Thanks KentuckyGirl, I'll l my mom about darvocet. Actually I'll write it down for her or she won't remember.

debbieleft, I've heard Effexor can have the same, bad withrawal as Cymbalta. I have to say, however, narcotic withdrawal was NOTHING compared to the withdrawal off Cymbalta. Full blown panic attacks, feeling like I was suffocating, and freakish, violent nightmares. What I've been told is that everyone builds tolerance up to a certain point then it stops - iow, the same dose continues to work for a long, long time. With narcotics, unless you take a *boatload* every day, the withdrawal consists of feeling crummy for about 3 days, like you have the flu, and by day 5 you're fine; coming off Cymbalta, otoh, I literally thought I was going to die. Interestingly, my PM doc just gave me a month's sample of Savella; she says it works a little bit bit differently than either Effexor or Cymbalta, and she wants me to trial it for neuropathic pain. I must admit that it is still in my med drawer, and every time I look at the package I get the creeps.it's the same type of programmed fear I feel whenever I see a poisonous snake. Dependance is just the inevitable reality with long term narcotic use, as is constipation and a host of other issues. I simply can't shake the feeling that it will bite me.hard. Holy smoke, I was afraid to go to sleep. Ang, I do knwym. I kid you not, it was horrible - they finally had to put me on anti-anxiety meds, and my wife had to sleep in a different room for over a week.

triple martini on top of a bunch of bad pot explains just what the tegretol did to me. ** Originally posted by Kentucky_Girl ** i remember being put on tegretol once when i was about 19 or 20 years old and was passing out and they couldn't figure out why. now, i'm taking 400 mg a day of topamax for the trigeminal neuralgia and while i do occasionally have to think for a word, it's not enough of a hassle to go back to the pain that i was having and the brainfog the pain caused. interesting how our bodies and brains react not only to the chemicals in the meds, but the chemical reactions caused by stress, pain, inflammatory process, etc. LOL i couldn't remember my own name.

** Originally posted by Kentucky_Girl ** well those two, cymbalta and effexor, will go in my "don't want to try" file. they also work better. since the neurologist i had been seeing turned out to be a bust and i have a rheumy appt tomorrow, i've skipped it this week so the rheumy can see just what is happening to me and make a good referral. i can l a big difference with that one but i still can't figure out how exactly it works or what it supposed to do. flycaster, ask about zanaflex for neuropathic pain. i'm tired of taking dozens of pills a day. i cut in half for a couple weeks and will stop it tomorrow. i was only taking the 50mg but decided i didn't even want to take that anymore. i had no idea just how much it was doing for me in terms of pain and stiffness. especially the high dose i'm on. i take it at night but can also take it during the day without side effects. that stuff is keeping me walking. since i haven't take the zanaflex in a couple days, the only effects i see are the return of the same symptoms, nothing else. i've been reducing my zoloft over the past couple weeks. when given to me i was told it was a different type of muscle relaxer. however, it was prescribed for the trigeminal neuralgia, nerve pain. the withdrawal i'm worried about is the topamax. in the past couple weeks i also discovered just how much pain relief i actually get from the diclofenac when my pharmacy didn't get the shipment in and i ran out. i got home and looked it up and it's used for MS patients, neuropathic stuff, and says it works to relax the muscles by affecting the nerve transmissions or something like that. i know that will have to be tapered slowly or i'll risk seizures even though i've never had them before. i take 50mg three times a day. when i take it, the reduction in numbness, tingling, burning and pain in my hands, arms and leg is very noticeable.

I have a lot of anxiety about using pain meds, although I know that I need them. I would suggest, though, that if you are worried about dementia that you look into it, even if you suspect it is just the meds, because in case it is demetia and not the meds then you will have caught it early. Part of my anxiety stems from haveing an older brother who was addicted to oxycontin and then methadone. I am at the point where I cut my hydrocodone pill in half because I am afraid to take a whole one because I will be dependent on it. Best of luck :). Ahh, why can't it just be easy? wildflowerAnn, Also, in response to the memory loss questions, I have noticed a lot of brain fog and memory loss in general since this whole PsA thing started. I often wonder if it is the meds because I know they can zone you out and I wonder if that is what causes me to not remember things. I saw what he went through and how much he suffered and I am just so scared. ** Originally posted by jeanninewright ** All, Thank you all for bringing this up and disucssing it in the open and I have been worrying about drug dependence but have not felt comfortable broaching the subject.

I don't like taking Tramadol, I try to take as little as possible. Deanna. With narcotics, unless you take a *boatload* every day, the withdrawal consists of feeling crummy for about 3 days, like you have the flu, and by day 5 you're fine; coming off Cymbalta, otoh, I literally thought I was going to die. What I've been told is that everyone builds tolerance up to a certain point then it stops - iow, the same dose continues to work for a long, long time. Good luck. Dependance is just the inevitable reality with long term narcotic use, as is constipation and a host of other issues. Always listen to your gut! Anyone who has had severe withdrawl problems with one anti-depressant should not take another, it's just horrible how these doc's all want to peddle the latest snake oil. Ang, I do knwym. I kid you not, it was horrible - they finally had to put me on anti-anxiety meds, and my wife had to sleep in a different room for over a week. Full blown panic attacks, feeling like I was suffocating, and freakish, violent nightmares. Holy smoke, I was afraid to go to sleep. Flycaster thats your gut ling you not to take it! Don't. Anyway I hope you find something that works for your pain with far less dangerous side effects. Call me a conservative on this issue, I would never put these types of drugs in my body. Psych meds, not pain killers. These drugs are way to dangerous to play around with, why in the name of god do they prescribe psychotropic drugs for pain??? That is what they are. I have to say, however, narcotic withdrawal was NOTHING compared to the withdrawal off Cymbalta.

** Originally posted by Kentucky_Girl ** i'll keep that in mind. i've never taken the extended release version and haven't taken the tramadol much this year at all anyway. this year it's been darvocet or loratab but i had been trying to go back to the tramadol just to keep any narcotic pain killers to a minimum. i was thinking i've already been 10 years and am only 42, how long might i need pain control? better to go with any other option that will give me any relief and use those last so i still have them as a "go to". kwim?.

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Frankly, that would greatly concern me. At first I thought it was just his personal reaction, but then I started to do a little research and found out that it is pretty common among long time users, especially those who are on the extended release version. I've gone through one very bad withdrawal experience (off the SSNRI med, Cymbalta) and I'd just as soon not have to go through that again. ** Originally posted by Flycaster ** It is very interesting. However, with Tramadol there is the strong withdrawal problem too.

Long term side effects of tramadol