I know when I put in a check for the two I mentioned there was a big warning but I thought I remebered others saying they took it and it didn't bother them. I just feel I can't go on this roller coaster any more. Everytime I feel a little better, I revert back and time is passing and it's better than when I first hurt myself, but it isn't good. I heard my old doctor is coming back and I hope so, I think he has more experience. I am limited in who I can see and the nueros and orthos say they don't see anything terrible, yet I feel terrible.
Thanks Susie and Dagger, this is such a nightmare, it is so much like the book of Job, what I feared the most has come true. Though I know I am not taking these pills for fun, I can't help but feel bad about it and I know it goes back to a misspent youth. Yes, you would think that was so long ago but I never wanted to take a drug ever and now I need to.
My doctor made sure to write on the prescription not to fill till the day due. I went in anyway, just to ask and felt like a child. One day early, you would think, what's the difference but they have to do that now, supposedly.
I know ultram has ssris in it, and don't know why they had to do that, so I would have to get off of that to even try an anti-depressant.
I never heard of tricyclic antidepressants, but will look it up. I just know, this isn't working. It was for awhile but I admit, I need help.
Thanks so much and bless you all.
Hi Dagger, No it was a morphine prescription. The pharmacist explained to me why. It's because he wants to make sure you don't take extra. I was asking for one day early and they couldn't do it. Fine. The insurance wouldn't let it go through if it was too early anyway, but I've had ultram and other meds filled maybe 5 days early. I just thought he was being picky by writing that. I know enough not to bring it in too early but I wanted to hear what they would say about one day. Now I know. I wish they came out with a drug that targeted the pain. In my opinion, the choices we have aren't that great and I don't know if there is anything on the horizon. I don't hear much about it, I hope they would come out with other choices and I'd like to know why they had to put the ssris in ultram anyway. When your pain level is high the ultram doesn't do much. Chronic pain seems complicated. Why can I have a run of doing ok and revert back to pain? It has been a pattern. I have no clue, and I can't be the only one going through this.
Thanks for writing back, hope you have a good day.
I take both prozac and ultram on a regular basis with no problem at all. Ultram really isn't seen as a "true" narcotic anyway, and doesn't have all the tiered medication requirement of true narcotics. Ultram certainly doesn't give you the same bang for the buck as a hydrocodone or oxycodone. Ultram can help ease things between prescriptions of narcotics, but certainly does not have the same pain managing abilities. I always have an ultram prescription to fall back on when my Lortab runs low and I have several days to wait for a refill. Never had any conflict with my prozac, and I take a fairly high dosage, 40mg, per day.
Good luck. Let us know how things work out.
Thanks Leigh Ann, for your reply. Every site I've been to gives a huge warning of drug interactions between any anti depressent and ultram, but I do recall people on here saying they do take both. I know my doctor would never give it to me unless I was off the ultram. He did give me morphine sulfate er also.
May I ask you, do you like the prozac, do you notice the difference? I am not normally a depressed person at all but having this injury come upon me and not leave has really taken a toll and sometimes its so hard to shake the blues from going from an exercise non stop person to this. I go throught periods of feeling pretty good and others where I'm in pain and just plain down.
Your doctor never gave you a warning about the combination? I had other doctors offer me cymbalta but was afraid to continue because of what I read and it made me feel weird.
Thanks for taking the time to respond to me, I really appreciate it and I wish you the best.
Linda, thanks for your reply. I am taking morphine sulfate also now. I know he would gladly give me an anti depressant if I wanted it, I have been against it. I go through periods of doing pretty good. I know where my hatred of drugs stem from and I am just tired of not feeling stable.
If I knew a good pain management doctor I'd go. tonijo2. Ultram is super addictive. Just because it says "non-narcoric" means nothing. You have to get off of that very slowly and I'm hearing it's harder than others. I took myself off of meds and recently the morphine and it wasn't bad. For heavy pain, ultram is not the best, but possibly just as if, not more addictive than others. I would go to the pain management for sure, rather than suffer.
I was questioning the anti depressant because, feeling up and down on pain is really getting to me and would love to hear sucess stories.
Linda, may I ask why you take 3 anti depressants? If it works for you great, I just never heard of that.
I wish u both well.
Let me clarify a couple of things. First of all, Ultram is NOT a narcotic, it merely mimics some narcotic behaviors. One of these behaviors is a mild "addictive" nature, but because the medication is not strong in and of itself, the addiction is not as hard core as stronger, true narcotics like hydrocodone, oxycodone, or morphine.
Second, chronic pain sufferers often need the support of antidepressants to help deal with the realities of life that come with being in chronic pain. Changes in abilities, inabilities to pursue or fulfill goals, the ability to maintain or participate(or not) in regular activities, etc... can be very waring on the psyche. Often an antidepressant is prescribed to the patient, but it fails to balance out the highs and lows that comes with the daily swings in emotions. More commonly, a patient ends up being prescribed a "cocktail" of antidepressants/anti-anxiety meds that give a better, more even balance of coverage than just one single medication can provide.
In addition to my chronic pain issues, I also have chronic moderate depression and panic/anxiety disorder, a fairly common situation. I personally take Prozac, Trazadone, Buspar, and Klonopin on a daily basis. These medications keep me on an even keel, allow me to function the best I can, and not freak out when I have a rough patch. They also help me sleep, which really gets me through through those long miserable nights.
Some people still feel a stigma about taking "mental health" medications, but I say heck, whatever helps get you through the day is alright by me. I'm already in pain, so what good is constantly worrying about it going to do? Pain sucks... being irratible on top of it just make the pain worse and the situation seem more desperate.