Itching and pain meds

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   Posted 11/20/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I am taking tramadol for my pain right now but I am itching like crazy. Is this normal? I havent broken out in hives or anything I just itch, and I was wondering if it is okay or if I am allergic to them or something. Should I call my doctor?

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   Posted 11/20/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
i was the same way with dilaudid in the went away after awhile and never came's kind of like a mild reaction to of the side effects of pain meds often is itching...if u keep taking it and it gets worse just stop taking it and try something guess is tho is that it will start to go away once u develop more of a tolerance for it...sorry ur all itchy tho!!
21 year old female
Diagnosed with Crohn's August 2008 (hospitalized for over a month right after)
Taking...canasa, rowasa, 6mp, and Remicade every 6 weeks
As needed...zofran, lortab, tylenol 3, bentyl
Off of Prednisone!!!

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   Posted 11/20/2008 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
you could try some benedryl but that would mask it, so you won't know if it goes away. It does sound like a reaction, if it gets worse stop taking the drug and call your doctor or go to the ER. Believe me, I'm the new queen of drug reactions, you don't want to mess with one if it starts to get worse.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 11/20/2008 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Itching=side effect


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   Posted 11/20/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I always have itching when I take opiates. My trick to avoid it is to take 1/2 a tablet instead.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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   Posted 11/20/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I always itch at first when taking vicodin. I always joke that I look like Ray Charles in Ray. I usually only itched when I had to have it every 6 hours. But soon as I started to decrease the itching went away. My friend said she itched really bad when she had the epidural too. I think it is quite normal to itch.
Hope you are feeling better soon.

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   Posted 11/23/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
try a non sedating antihistamine like claritin
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