It is my 29 year old son who is going through withdrawals right now..I feel so helpless..I don't know what to do..He has been on Tramadol for 2 years. In the beginning a Dr prescribed. Then, he started getting them over the internet, and taking 15-20 a day. He finally decided last week he's finished. His life has been in a downward spiral since the first pill. He can no longer do any of the things he used too. Motocross was his life. He hasn't been on the bike in a very long time. He went to the Dr and he sent him to a substance abuse program. The Dr, there decided to put him on Methadone. The first dose made him sick, break out in a rash and itch all over. The next morning he was still sick and nauseas. He still went ahead and took the liquid methadone at the clinic. 10 minutes lated he vomited it up. Has been deathly ill ever since. I called the clinic and they said he's in withdrawals and needs bigger dose of methadone. My son refuses to go.. He thinks its the methadone thats making him vomit. I gave him promithazine that I had, that helped with nausea and is a sedative that helped him sleep. I just need to know what to do..When will he get any relief? Is it the methadone? Should I encourage him to go back to methadone?I haven't read alot on severe vomiting.. And his head is in so much pain, he can't even lift it off the pillow.. He's going into the fourth day..
I don't think there is any reason that a person should take methadone to get off of Tramadol....especially if the methadone is making him so sick. Is it possible for you to get another doctor's opinion? Why did a doctor prescribe Tramadol for your son in the first place. That's important to know! I have a 28 year old, so I can imagine the pain and frustration you must be going through! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your son. I know he can beat this if he gets the support he needs. You need some support, also:)
Tapering is about the only way. Replacement meds will work too. It is really dangerous to just stop it with no help. Methadone is nowhere near the right med to use in this situation. Neither thing is equivalent like they are for a true opiate. It just doesn't work that way.
I used a blood pressure med to get off of it cold turkey, but it was REALLY unpleasant. I don't recommend it that way!
I've been with him all day and watching to make sure I don't need to call an ambulance. He slept a long time, I think because of the sedative I gave him. When he woke, he was able to eat something and keep it down. His head is still hurting but not as bad...I've never seen anything like this. I don't know how to help him and he won't go to the hospital. And he definitely won't go back to the substance abuse place, because just the thought of the Methadone scares him. The reason he was prescribed Tramadol 2 years ago was a motorcycle accident. It was for pain.He was told it wasn't addicting. Why? I don't understand....Tomorrow, I will take him to see my MD. His, sent him to the substance abuse place..Please pray for us..
I'm so glad that you are taking him to a different MD! By the time I am writing this, you have probably already been there! Please know that many are thinking and praying for you and your son. Please keep us updated. If your MD isn't helpful, don't give up...there is someone out there that can help your son!
I think he's on the road to recovery..The following morning I received a phone call early from the MD at the substance abuse clinic. He wanted me to bring my son back in because he had done some research on Ultram/tramadol and he believed that the methadone was the wrong form of treatment for this addiction. By time we got there that morning, he was exhausted but the nausea, vomiting headache was gone.That was on the 5th day. He told me that he needed to start taking an SSRI because tramadol, releases serotonin, and inhibits the reuptake of norepinephrine the same way anti-depressants do. So he wrote a prescription for Zoloft 100 mg daily. It has helped him so much. He said his head is finally clear. And he feels almost normal again. The only problems now, no sleep and muscle aches. The MD said this could go on for another month.
If he has muscle aches in his legs like I did, get him some Hyland's Leg Cramps. You can get it at Wal Mart. It's easy to miss, because it's a small bottle in the vitamin section, but they usually have it. GNC does too. It has quinine in it, and it helps SO much. It completely took mine away. Hot baths in epsom salts help too. Apple juice is good for it. Hmmm...that's all I can think of. But those really help!
The insomnia.....well, that is the tough one. There is really not much anyone can do about that. Especially if you don't want to start up a whole new addiction! It will get better though. Just takes time!
As you can see, I am up myself and have been since 4:15! It's no fun, but it does get better!
Thank you so much. I will get the Hyland's leg cramps. Right now that and the insomnia are driving him crazy. I really am so proud of him, he started running yesterday and has only ate healthy foods with lots of water. He is bound and determined to heal his body. He also read that you need to eat a lot of protein, so he got some protein powder from the GNC. I do notice, it's almost like he's on a rollercoaster. One minute he's really positive and the next depressed. The exercising really seems to help. I just really wish he could get more than 1 hour of sleep a night. I also got some Melatonin for him..I hope it works. I do see a light at the end of the tunnel..I truly feel sorry for all those that have to go through this.....
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