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Drugs to avoid


Hello all,

I broke a rib last week and have been given painkillers. One of them shouldn’t be taken with a Tramadol, so I have stopped the Tramadol. Since then my RLS has been dreadful. I don’t know whether it is due to stopping the Tramadol or due to one of the painkillers. I think there is a list of drugs to avoid somewhere but I can’t find it. I would be grateful if someone could point me in the right direction.

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There is a list on rls-uk.org on the ‘treatment: medical’ page. Also maybe an even more complete list on the treatment page of rlshelp.org.

Finally, you may ask advice from your pharmacist, who can suggest alternatives that include the tramadol and discuss those with you prescribing doctor to change the prescription.

in reply to LotteM

Thank you so much for your quick reply. I'll check out the sites you recommend.

in reply to macewan13

You may be suffering withdrawal symptoms if you stopped Tram cold turkey, depending on the dose and for how long you were on it.

Pharmacists, in general, only know what's on the Patient information leaflet, and generally know as much as the average doctor. ( Which isn't much 😪)

You can also check most medications by googling " medication and rls" that will open your eyes.😫

in reply to Madlegs1

Thank you.

It might just be another opiate and you shouldn't take both together. Your Tramadol might be stronger than what you were given. What is the name of what you were given? Don't take my word for it but the pharmacist should be able to tell you.

The pharmacists ( UK ) do have more info to tap into than the drs. They also have the role of checking up on what drs have prescribed for safety/interactions ( assuming folk are going to the same pharmacy for all meds ). They do a 4 year degree in the UK. They won't necessarily know about RLS though!

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