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teeseey: Greetings from Ontario, Canada


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Hello Folks

For the past 11 years I have suffered from chronic back pain & currently take Lyrica, Cymbalta & Tramadol.  In January, 2021, I began tapering both Lyrica & Cymbalta with some limited side effects.   I estimate it will take me at least another year to finish my taper of both medications.  Before I begun tapering my Cymbalta & Tramadol doses, I tried, with no success, to eliminate one of my Tramadol pills for just one day [I take 100 mg/day].  Horrible pain resulted so I gave up trying because the pain was so severe.


Can anyone suggest how I could approach my Tramadol withdrawal/tapering?



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Hello @teeseey

Welcome to SA.

To get you started and to give you pertinent information, could you summarize your medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements in a list format.  


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It sounds like you're doing pretty well on your tapers off Lyrica and Cymbalta.  I would suggest waiting until these tapers are finished and you feel stabilized before beginning to taper Tramadol, especially considering your recent reaction.  If symptoms do start to emerge, you might consider holding the Lyrica taper, and finishing with the Cymbalta first, and then recontinuing with the Lyrica.  As you might've read, we suggest reducing by no more than 10% of the current dose every 4 weeks to reduce the risk of withdrawal symptoms arising.  Here are some links that apply to Lyrica, Cymbalta and Tramadol:

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?  (The general philosophy of gradual tapering)


Taking multiple psych drugs? Which drug to taper first?


Tips for tapering off Lyrica (pregabalin) 


Tips for tapering off duloxetine (Cymbalta)


Tips for tapering Tramadol - Tapering 


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Zoloft: 1995 - 2015

Prozac: 2015 - 2018 (tapered from 40mg x day on July 31 to 30mg on August 31 to 20mg on September 31 to 10mg October 31 to 0mg on  December 15, 2018

Gabapentin: 2016 to 2019  (tapered from 300mg x day to 150mg on August 31, 2019 to 75mg on September 15 to 50mg on September 31 to 25ishmg on October 15 to 0mg on December 1, 2019

Enalapril: 2010 - 2019

Lipitor: 2017 -2017

Metformin: 2000 - 2020

Liothyronine: 2007 - 2019

Levothyroxine: 2000 - 2022

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