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I'm trying to quit tramadal 50 mg x3 a day. I've taken it

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I'm trying to quit tramadal 50 mg x3 a day. I've taken it for 3 yrs & only have 7 pills left. What is the best way to get off of it without major withdrawals
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

the best way to get off of tramadol or Ultram is to do a long slow taper off of it to minimize withdraw symptoms.

3 years is a long time.

you will need more than 7 pills to come off with minimize withdraw symptoms.

you should talk to your doctor about a slow taper schedule to come off of it

one possible taper schedule would be to decrease to 2 1/2pills a day for 2 weeks and then go down to 2 pills a day for 2 weeks and then 1 1/2 pill for 2 weeks and then down to 1 pill for two weeks and then down to 1/2 pill for 2 weeks and then stop.

but you will need more tramadol pills for this

who gives you a prescription for tramadol?

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

I would like to provide another opinion

If you only have 7 pills then take one per day over the next 7 days

that will minimize withdrawal