I was trying to dig up some stuff on the Tramacet that my doctor prescribed for my facial pain. I had to take some again, and remembered that it was supposed to be for short term use, mainly 5 days. I still have some left, as I didn't need the 4/ day. I was prescribed it beginning of November, I think it was.
So I discovered that tramacet is a low dose Tramadol mixed with acetaminophen.
Then I learned that Tramadol was addictive, and there were risk of seizures when stopping it, among it's withdrawal symptoms.
There is also a risk of serotonin toxicity, especially when used in conjunction with tryciclic antidepressants, and SSRI.
is a link to seratonin syndrome)
I assume I'm ok, b/c I don't take it often, and tramacet, if I got this right, is a smaller dose.
But this got me to thinking... how much do you trust your doctor? Do you research every drug prescribed to you, or take it blindly? Do you trust your pharmacist to catch drug interactions? When you are hurting, you just want to feel better. When do the risks outweigh the benefits?
I'm a little more leery of taking pills since my bleeding ulcer taking the Naproxen. I realized that any kind of medication can do some scary damage. Even just OTC meds (I think my ulcer started b/c I was taking too many Advil). But I get so confused if I research this stuff, there are so many variables. Yet I feel like I'm irresponsible if I don't know what it is I'm putting into my body.
fibromyalgia and possible trigeminal neuralgia
50 mgs amitriptyline daily, T3s for facial pain (really not appropriate med) and now tramacet