1486336 tn?1289591715

Short term user

I had only been taking tramadol for one month at 2 50mg pills twice daily and then stopped as I no longer felt I needed it and suddenly starting experiencing all the anxiety, insomnia, mood swings and all the other crap we know comes with these withdrawals.   So after going back on to confirm it was withdrawals from the Tramadol (which I was led to believe was non habit forming or dangerous!) I went cold turkey for 7 days but cracked from the intolerable nature of the side effects on the eighth day and started to taper off slowly by breaking up my pils into quarter sizes of my usual dose (16 quarter pills taken about hourly throughout the day) but that was just as maddening as going cold turkey so I've gone cold turkey again.

This time I am on day 6 of withdrawals and the whole time I have been taking a multivitamin, Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc, Super B Complex, Flax Seed Oil, Vitamin E, 1000mg vitamin C, DHEA 25mg, and 500mg of Valerian Root.8% (Valerenic Acids) and I think especially because of the Valerian my withdrawal anger, anxiety and mood swings from the first 7 day attempt have been dramatically softened and it has been much less traumatic though still a debilitating hell on a mental and physical level as I never know what I'm going to feel from one hour to the next with wither fatigue, mood swings, nausea.  It appears to be getting better as the body aches of gone down to a trickle and my mental clarity is returning yet I still dont get much sleep and I have been taking 8mg of Klonopins (regularly prescribed) the whole time.  I rarely get more than 4 hours of sleep in a row though in the beginning I barely got 2.

My ultimate question is for someone who has used only 200mg per day for only little over a month how much longer can I expect the insomnia/mania, anxiety and chaotic/episodic manifestation of opiate withdrawal symptoms to last?

I've heard some say 7 days but that wasn't the case; I've heard 3 weeks but I've only taken one bottle and must of JUST got physically addicted near the end of that one bottle because there were days during that month that I went a day or two without a dose with no sign of any withdrawal symptoms whatsoever.

Any other short term users out there have perspective on how much longer I must endure this most evil and torturous disruption of my psycho-physical sanity and well being?


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Hi!  I wasn't a short term user, but I wasn't really taking it for a really long time either.  I would say for your length of time and dose, for the symptoms you listed you are looking at about 2 weeks.  You should be feeling much better in other ways after about a week though with all the vitamins you are taking.  That is GREAT!  Try to get a bit of exercise.  That will help lots of the symptoms that you are talking about!

Good luck! : )
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1486336 tn?1289591715
Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooo very much.  I had no idea how long this was going to take.  I know how to get off benzo's and in fact was down to 4.5mg of Klonopin on my own initiative (my psychiatrist was very proud of me :-) ) but I have had no experience with opiates and these withdrawals are seriously screwed though I have noticed a general pattern: one day is an "off" day or bad day and the next day is an "on" day or better day.  Off days I get little sleep and am sluggish and depressed, on days I am anxious and hypomanic like ADHD with what I call "insomnimania" LoL.  Thank you, two weeks sounds good I'm now on day 7 and I am feeling better, the body aches are nearly negligable and I am getting some functionality back though now the insomnimania has increased in intensity and I find myself talking out loud quite a lot on the "on" days.
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The body aches might be helped with some advil and a hot shower.  A short walk might help too on the days that you are struggling especially but every day would be better to help overall anxiety and depression and just general feeling of being antsy!
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