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a drug question: Tramadol cures my depression!
August 1, 2008
8:06 pm
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Hello

I've suffered from mild depression for over 30 years now, but I recently experienced an entire year with absolutely no depression. What happened? A serious accident. I almost died, I was bedfast for several weeks, and I have some permanent injuries.

This was the first time in my life I had ever taken pain pills (I was on them for several months), and my reaction to them has been, well, interesting.

I need advice about one drug in particular: Tramadol. I've still got a few left over from the accident (they will not be refillable), and my "habit" now is about 2-3 (50 MG) per week. When I start to feel down, I take one, and then for several hours I'm optimistic and productive.

I got similar effects from hydrocodone, but not nearly as long-lasting. And I've read lots of bad things about hydrocodone on the internet.

So I guess my question is, would it harm me to ask my doctor for a refill and try to take 2 or 3 Tramadols a week? Would I get addicted and need more? It seems like a pretty low dosage, and I've been doing it for several months now.

Any advice is appreciated. I know I should go to a psychiatrist to ask, but if that gets on my record it affects health and life insurance eligibilites and rates.

Thanks

August 1, 2008
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I was researching and you are not the only one who this has happened too there are a large amount of people who tramadol helps there depression. Wikipedia says "Tramadol is not considered a controlled substance in many countries (the US and Australia, among others), and is available with a normal prescription." I think it wouldn't hurt to ask your doctor in person. And if he says no maybe he can prescribe something that would give you the same effects.

August 1, 2008
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Thanks, Randomwomen, for your reply.

It inspired me to do another internet search (I had once briefly searched "tramadol," but didn't find much for some reason). Specifically, I just now googled "Tramadol depression" and WOW!! There are tons of postings on it.

I found lots of stories just like mine. The interesting part is that people without depression don't feel anything when they take a tramadol, but people with depression can feel very positive effects.

There are pros and cons of course. Some people have become addicted to it. But it seems many take up to 400 MG a day of it, whereas I take 100 MG a week. As long as I can maintain my present dosage, I plan to continue using it and monitoring my habit carefully. I'm already almost 50 years old, and I just started taking it 2 years ago, so if I pace myself carefully I may just take it for the rest of my life.

August 1, 2008
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I know someone who has been taking anti depressents for over a year now. I have wondered about this and have questioned the eligibility of health ins. like was mentioned in this post. Do insurance companies have the rights to not let someone have health insurance because they have been perscribed anti depressants in the past? Isn't that confidential and also if it is perscribed- how could this be a fair to the patient? If you have any thoughts on this- I would like others experience with health insurance.

August 3, 2008
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I was looking to see if anyone had anything to say about this.  Insurance companies and anti depressant perscriptions and if is used against people.  I thought others here may know something. Because if these things gets on a persons record, it affects eligibility rights.

August 3, 2008
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I read my last post- and I meant to say that "wantpills" brought this up that this can affect eligibility rights. I am just wondering if anyone knows anything about this topic.

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