Cutting Tramadol Pills in Half

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Sherrine
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 15005
   Posted 2/22/2012 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a questions for you Tramado users.  I tried Tramadol several years ago...only one dose...and it knocked me out in a matter of minutes.  I never took anymore of them.  Now, my rheumatologist has put me on Tramadol again.  He did say I could cut it in half.  The script was for 3 pills a day.  When I picked them up this morning I asked the pharmacist that if I cut the pills in half, could I take a half six times a day.  She said the pills were not scored so I needed to take them whole.  I checked online and only one manufacturer scores Tramadol.
 
But, because these knocked me out last time I thought I'd just try to cut one in half...just for the heck of it.  I didn't have a problem!  So, I think I'll start out with 1/2 to see what happens. 
 
Have any of you cut Tramadol in half like this?  If so, how often did you take them?  I cut pills fairly frequently because my body seems to have reactions to them...like they are too strong.
 
Sherrine 

Forum Moderator/Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis
************************
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Dagger
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1522
   Posted 2/22/2012 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to cut the tramadol all the time. Your pharmacist is probably telling you not to cut them because if they aren't scored, there is no guarantee that you are getting exactly half of the medicine in each section. For something like tramadol, it won't matter that much anyway. I never noticed a difference.

You probably won't need to take it six times a day. I suggest you try taking 1/2 pill every 5 hours or so, going a bit closer together if you need to. I liked it because it lasts a lot longer than other pain meds I've tried. Watch out when you take it at the end of the day. Some people have trouble sleeping when they take it. I found it worked best for me if I took it about 3 hours before bed.

sawa
Regular Member


Date Joined Jan 2011
Total Posts : 275
   Posted 2/22/2012 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I cut my unscored tramadol in half too when I take them. And they do keep me awake, I heard they up your serentonin so don't take them at bedtime.
There is nothing you can't do if you set your mind to it.

Diagnosis: Fibromyalgia, migraines, Degenerative Disk Disease, Spinal Stenosis, chronic sinus problems, anxiety, mortons neuroma

Acheybody
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 5458
   Posted 2/23/2012 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Sherrine,

Before this current disc problem, Tramadol was my everyday pain relief. I cut 50 mg pills in half with my pill cutter and usually only took a half. No problems at all.

Now I have to take 2 whole ones at a time, if I'm not feeling too much pain. If I am, it's Norco time.

I hope you can tolerate it and that it really helps.

Debbie
fibromyalgia, herniated disc L4-5, (with sciatica), bulging disc L5-S1, other assorted spinal deterioration, scoliosis, Hashimoto's, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably from Menieres Disease)

bsjaguar
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 974
   Posted 2/23/2012 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Tramadol does come in a timed release formula also. These should not be cut in half. As long as your doctor didn't prescribe the timed release formula I see no problem with cutting them.
---Jag---


DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3 & L-3/4, fibromyalgia, polymyalgia rheumatica

Sherrine
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 15005
   Posted 2/23/2012 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
This is really good news!  I'll be starting it today.  I didn't want any Vicodin in my system before I tried this.  I stopped the Vicodin yesterday afternoon and you know, I really didn't hear the train that ran over me last night!  shakehead    I have a few errands to run this morning and then I'll try this.
 
These can't be time-release because I'm supposed to take three a day.  But, by cutting them in half, perhaps I'll be able to stay awake.  I sure hope so. 
 
I really appreciate everyone's help!
 
Sherrine
Forum Moderator/Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis
************************
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

carlybob1
Regular Member


Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 204
   Posted 2/23/2012 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I used a pill cutter on mine, Sherrine! My dr often tells me to cut pills in half that arent scored. good luck!!

Alcie
Veteran Member


Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 3323
   Posted 2/26/2012 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I cut pills in half all the time, scored of not, as long as they're not time-release or enteric coated (supposed to dissolve in intestine). I use a good pill cutter, get a new one when the blade gets dull and starts cutting funny.

I wouldn't take 6 a day starting out! Try 1/2 first and see what happens. Tramadol is noted for raising serotonin and can cause serotonin syndrome all by itself. If you start getting twitches, muscle pains, fever or turn beet red and sweating, stop taking it. If it's really bad, diazepam will reverse it - of course you're supposed to ask the doc first.

For me, tramadol works for about 4 hours. If I have worse pain than usual I try only taking 1, but when it's had an hour to start working, usually enough, I occasionally take a second - with my pain doc's blessing, of course.

I didn't get any special benefit from time-release and no serotonin happiness at all, but maybe the dose wasn't high enough and not enough was released starting right away. I note that people on time release seem to be taking the 300mg ones, and I was only taking the 100s.

Spookiesmom
Regular Member


Date Joined Jan 2012
Total Posts : 361
   Posted 2/26/2012 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
DH has them for his pain. I was out of vicodin, so took one ofhis. In about 20 min, geez. I felt good! Much less pain. Then I went to bed at 8:30. Had to get up at 4 for work. At 2:30 I was still wide awake. No more of that for me!

Now DH says he uses them to stay awake when he does road trips to Ohio.

I wouldn't cut them, try just one in the am and plan on staying home till you can see your reaction.
T2, OmniPod,Fibro,MVP,CAD,4 level cervical fusion, L5_S1 needs fusion, arthritis all over, need 2 knee replacements, Vit D3, and a lot of other meds!

Sherrine
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 15005
   Posted 2/27/2012 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, everyone!  My Tramadol is only 50 mg and I cut them in half.  They only help with this pain a little!  I'm taking 1/2 tablet every four hours around the clock and still can barely walk.  They don't keep me awake either.  I will have periods in the day where I can waddle without a cane but still quite uncomfortable.  My doctor also prescribed Robaxin, a muscle relaxor, so I'm going to try that this evening, along with Tramadol and Tylenol.  I'm hoping this helps because the pain is pretty bad most of the time and I find I'm tensing up even when sitting.  So maybe this will relax the muscles some. 
 
I keep hoping things will settle down as I continue to take the Tramadol but something tells me I need a different pain medication.  I took Tramadol once before...and only one whole pill...and it knocked me right to sleep and when I awoke I was in just as much pain.  So I don't think these work for me.  I'll be seeing the doctor in a couple of weeks and I definitely will be talking to him.  It's truly a quality of life issue for me.  It takes so long to do everything because the pain has me moving in slow motion.  But, I WILL find what will work for me. 
 
Thank you for all your help!
 
Sherrine
Forum Moderator/Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis
************************
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

MT Lady
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 944
   Posted 2/27/2012 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherrine,
I'm so sorry to hear you are having so much pain. Weren't you taking Vicodin recently. Is that not working for you? I have not tried Tramadol, but over the past 20+ years, I have tried other pain drugs, and for me, Vicodin is best. It doesn't completely take the pain away, but enough so that I am able to live my life. Exercise means so much to me and if I cannot get out to take a walk, I become even more depressed, so it's very important for me to be able to control the pain. I just recently read an article in Fibromyalgia Network News that stated that NSAIDS do not work for fibro pain and most FM patients they asked said that Vicodin worked best for them.
I too take a muscle relaxer at night. It helps with sleep, as well as relaxing the muscles. I've lately gone back to taking a warm whirlpool at night too which helps.
I hope you are able to get your pain under control very soon.
Miriam
Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, DDD L1/L2, L3/L4, L5/S1, sciatica, severe spinal stenosis L5/S1, severe facet joint pain syndrome, hypothyroidism.

vvon66
New Member


Date Joined Feb 2012
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 2/27/2012 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I also take Tramadol and have cut them in half but Vicodin works much better for my pain management.

What type of muscle relaxer do most of you take? I have a terrible time sleeping so maybe one would help me.

Acheybody
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 5458
   Posted 2/27/2012 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherrine,

I'm sorry too that it's not doing the trick. Maybe if you tried a whole one?

I also remember your saying you took Vicodin - is it the acetominophen in it that causes problems for you? (That's what I worry about, not the narcotic component, because of my elevated liver enzymes.) I'm taking Norco now, every 4-6 hours -(Vicodin with less acetominophen.)

Ah, pain. Such a faithful and loyal companion. Unfortunately.

Debbie
fibromyalgia, herniated disc L4-5, (with sciatica), bulging disc L5-S1, other assorted spinal deterioration, scoliosis, Hashimoto's, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably from Menieres Disease)

Sherrine
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 15005
   Posted 2/27/2012 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
My Internist prescribed the Vicodin but when I saw the rheumy last week, he put me on Tramadol and said not to take the Vicodin with Tramadol.  I have no idea why he changed me.  I'd like to switch back because right now I'm not sure which works best for me.  That's what I thought I'd talk to him about in a couple of weeks.  Maybe I will call them this week and ask if I can stop the Tramadol and try the Vicodin again.  
 
Miriam, I'm taking Tylenol, too.  That's the only good thing about taking Tramadol.  It doesn't have Tylenol in it so I can take an extra dose.  Tylenol, believe it or not, helps me more than the Tramadol!
 
Ibuprofen has helped me so much with pain all of these years and it never made sense to me.  The rheumy thinks I have something else besides fibro that is doing this because ibuprofen should not help me like it has.  I do have fibro because I have the tender points and I do have some arthritis in my lower spine and inner joints but I still don't know what the lab work says.  I think I'm a mess!   turn  
 
Sherrine 
Forum Moderator/Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis
************************
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Spookiesmom
Regular Member


Date Joined Jan 2012
Total Posts : 361
   Posted 2/27/2012 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Occasionally I wear the Dexcom CGM for my T2. When that is on I can't use any product with Tylenol. So my pain doc wrote rx for Vicuprofen. Works just as well, if not better for me.
T2, OmniPod,Fibro,MVP,CAD,4 level cervical fusion, L5_S1 needs fusion, arthritis all over, need 2 knee replacements, Vit D3, and a lot of other meds!

evenkeel
Regular Member


Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 279
   Posted 3/1/2012 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Sherrine, how's it going with the tramadol? Have you tried a full dose just to see what happens? And how much tylenol are you taking with it? My wife, my mom and I all find that taking a full dose of tylenol (2000 mg) with any size dose of tramadol means the difference between it working and not.

crazykitty
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 4796
   Posted 3/1/2012 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Sherrine, wishing you some wonderful pain relief...you are always the trouper and such an inspiration for all of us. Your positive attitude has helped so many. smilewinkgrin   Hope the tramadol works well for you!
 
Hugs, Robin
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Friday, August 01, 2014 12:44 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 2,184,476 posts in 242,946 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 153822 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, sten4556.
327 Guest(s), 8 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Smgandy827, Girlie, Loucath, Losing_Hope, London Lurker, BitOfSunshine, Skysmommy, Delmar


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest  Follow HealingWell.com on YouTube
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2014 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer