Has anyone tried Tramadol or Fioricet for pain?

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   Posted 12/2/2008 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I have migraines and the result from that is pain all over the body from not treating the migraines.
I want to try a new medication for both the migrains and body pain.  Which is better?  What are the pros and cons from someone who has tried this before???
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   Posted 12/3/2008 2:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to Healing Well, mip. I think you may want to ask this question in the Migraine forum - you can get there through the Forum Quick Jump dropdown menu at the top left of this screen. You might find more people there who have used these specific meds for this purpose.

I do get migraines, though I have not used either of these meds to treat them. Have you seen a neurologist? That would be the first thing to do. Migraines are generally better treated when they can be prevented rather than trying to treat the symptoms after the fact. Most narcotics (both tramadol and fioricet are mild narcotics, I think) can actual worsen migraine symptoms and also cause rebound headaches, throwing you into a cycle of continuous headaches that is difficult to break. A neurologist would work through the various options with you and help you identify things that may be triggering the headaches so that you can maybe even stop them from happening at all.

Best of luck to you. I would definitely post this in the migraine forum too, though. You may get more specific info there.


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   Posted 12/3/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
i have used fioricet for migraines but i was very young at the time, and dont recall any particular relief from them. i kno they also make fioricet w/codiene, but i never had that. also i had cluster migraines, which is like no hadaches for 3-4 months then you get 1 everyday for a week, so i dont kno if it would help ur type of headaches, it mite, good luck

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   Posted 12/3/2008 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I use fiorocet with codiene to treat my migrains and it is the only thing that works. You can load me up on demoral and I will still have a migraine but if you get me a single fiorocet with codiene I am back to normal once it kicks in.

Tramadol and my stomach hate it other so I don't have anything for you on that.

I hope you find relief,


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   Posted 12/3/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Ekkorose.

I have used tramadol, which is a joke to me.

But I uesd fiorocet, and it even even the fiorocet WITHOUT codiene, and it worked great. I have a HUGE tolerance to pain medicine, I take 90mg of oxycodone at a time and that hardly low enough for anyone ele to barely get close to around here, and fiorocet still worked great for me, its the only thing that gives me any relief from headaches. I will seriously choose the fiorocet.

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   Posted 12/3/2008 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I have no idea, but I found a websie called askapatient.com & the website is about medications. You have real people with posts on there about medications they have been on, the rating of relief (like 1-5) & any side effects they had. Its a pretty neat place to go. I will give you some warning which shocked me, there are people who openly post they use the drugs in there illicetly, so be prepared. I was stunned anyone would have the cahunas to openly say they take them for the high. But there are also people on there who FLIP out on the abusers. So there is, in my opinion, very little censorship. (no swearing though) But its neat to read when you are considering a change in meds to see how other people respond. Hope it helps!
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   Posted 12/3/2008 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on tramadol for backpain, I was on brand name tramadol and apart fro the common side effects of drowiness and memory problems I also was unable to sleep thru the night. My DR reccommended to try generic brand tramadol (made by a different company and are cheaper) and this fixed the problem of sleeping.

I would suggest talking with DR and if you have problems then try the same drug made by a different company. The active ingredients are the same but the colors ect are different and these do make the difference.

I am on 200mg SR tramadol twice a day so I am on a highest dose.

hope it helps


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   Posted 12/3/2008 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
My neoroligist prescribed me in the past tramadol and fioricet (without codine) and I have to agree that tramadol didnt do much but hte fiorivet help alot, just like others stated, it works better for migraines then being filled up with morphine or diladid. But just be careful about these 2 meds, taking tramadol while your body is dependent on any other narcotics can cause withdrawals and fioricet can cause withdrawals if your taking methadone for pain. But I did stop taking these 2 meds cause I cant take them while on the meds I'm taking now cause they have too many interactions, so now I'm just taking treximet for migraines and cymbalta to help reduce them and it's working out great for me. And fioricet makes me vomit like crazy and makes me really irritable and mean.

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   Posted 12/4/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Tramadol for headaches and all-over pain for fibromyalgia. It works well for me, but takes about 2 hours to kick in. The 2nd dose, 4 hrs. later, does the trick usually. Seldom do I have to take a 3rd dose in a day. But if I do, I start to get cognitive problems and such...But I like it cuz it doesn't make me feel "high" or drowsy or anything...
I have Fibromyalgia, but nothing else!

I take Lyrica 150mg b.i.d.
Tramacet 75 mg for breakthrough pain

Tried amitryptelene 2.5 mg but it made me a zombie!

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   Posted 12/6/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello! I just saw the neurologist yesterday because I have daily headaches now on top of my other health problems. He is almost certain it is migraines and put me on fioricet for now. We're going to see how it works in the next few weeks so I'll let you know how I do with it. He said if it does not give me relief we will try something like Imitrex..keep us posted on what you decide, hugs to all....

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