Help — Took Tramadol (Ultram) — Ringing Started

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    1. lbjprxoxo

      lbjprxoxo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 18th 2013
      Hello. I'm so freaking out ! Yeah nice way to start a conversation with ppl I don't know. (Sorry). I was taking tramodol (ultram) 2 a day no more at 50 mg. and stopped it immediately when the ringing started. I was taking it for chronic pain. I also have a history of TMJ. Oct 18th I woke up with this loud ringing in my right ear and never stopped. It's horrible and makes me afraid. I went to ENT 4 days ago and did hearing tests and I have no hearing loss. (Thank God). I don't understand why this will not go away. I stopped the meds over 2 weeks ago and ringing still there. It's the last thing I hear at night and first thing when I wake up. Ugh I'm so upset. I'm a mom of 4 and still young at 42. Someone please help me.
       
    2. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Hi, Lbjprx0x0,
      Welcome to Tinnitus Talk! I certainly do understand what you're going through right now. How long did you take the Tramadol before the ringing started? I'm glad you got yourself off the drug, and hope that you have been given something else for pain that is NOT ototoxic.

      I believe the ringing may have been caused by the drug; I've had a similar experience myself, with blood pressure medicine. I got myself off the drugs, and still have the ringing, but it has improved somewhat. In the beginning, I had roaring tinnitus. It is still there, but it is not roaring any more!

      You did the right thing by getting off the drug, and by going to the ENT to have a hearing test. It's good that you don't have any hearing loss; that is a blessing. It's possible that, if you give it time, the awful ringing will subside, or even go away. But --- it will take time. In the meantime, there are some things you can do: Try not to let the ringing take over your life (easier said than done!!). Try to get some good quality sleep, if that is possible. Don't disrupt your life routines because of the tinnitus. In the early stage of tinnitus, the ringing is overwhelming and horrible, but it will most likely subside over time. Many of us use sound therapy or sound masking of some type, that will help mask the sound of the tinnitus. Water sounds are particularly calming, and may help you get to sleep easier. Also, if you are interested in taking natural supplements, we can suggest some that seem to help.

      You are going to be OK. I'm very glad you got off the drug; that was the first step in the right direction. There are so many ototoxic (damaging to the ear) drugs out there, that you've got to be careful what you take.

      Best wishes, and extra hugs,
      Karen
       
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    3. erik
      Breezy

      erik Manager Staff Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      Hi. If the ringing is caused by the med then it may take a while to go away. Tramadol affects the brain receptors which help to alleviate pain. Sometimes, these changes in the brain can take a little while reversing themselves after stopping. A friend of mine had tinnitus from taking meds and it took about 8 months before the ringing went away after he stopped. It is good that you had an ENT check it out to make sure your hearing is fine and rule out other possible issues. This means you have an excellent chance for recovery, it just may take some time.
       
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    4. Lulubug69
      Artistic

      Lulubug69 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      9/2013
      Hi,
      Don't panic, I too think my ringing came from taking drugs for a head cold. It's been several weeks now and I can say that things have calmed down quite a bit since the onset. There is hope so as Eric said, it may take some time. Mine is much quieter but is still there. I have great hope that it will diminish even further. Keep yourself busy and try not to focus to much on the T. The first week or so can be very scary and overwhelming, but if you try to find something else to focus on, it can calm on its own. Anxiety can rev it up and make it seem louder.
       
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    5. lbjprxoxo

      lbjprxoxo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 18th 2013
      Dear Karen,

      I can't thank you enough for your response. It was very warm and calming knowing I'm not alone. I was taking tramodol for maybe 5 months. 2 a day no more at 50 mg. I started taking it for my hands (arthritis) but it also put me in a better mood all day and was great all around but was also told it wasn't a nacardic so to me it was a win win. WELL , I didn't take it one day cause I felt pretty good and later on that night I withdrew pretty bad. I felt like I was hit by a bus. That's when the ringing set in. 2 weeks ago. I've never been so scared and prayed to God to turn it off. It was loud and definitely scary. Still is there but I'm calming down a bit after reading that this still may go away but may need to take time. I'm under so much stress. I just moved my family to charleston sc from ny and if it wasn't one thing it was another. 4 kids one just in hs (ughhhh) that alone is a biggie ! Twin 6 yr olds and a 2 yr old. My husband always working and took my mother with us. (Whew) stress is the word alright. When I went to the ent the doc told me my hearing is above average and felt that no damage was done (a blessing for sure) but still afraid this is perminent ringing. Sorry for the family venting part but maybe this is all part if the annoying ringing. I can't thank you enough for reaching out to me. Sometimes reaching out to someone you don't know can be life changing for them. God bless you Karen.
      Laura. Xoxo
       
    6. lbjprxoxo

      lbjprxoxo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 18th 2013
      Thank you so much for your reply. I feel better knowing that this may stop from taking the tramodol. Had I known this would cause this ringing I would have never started !! I haven't taken anything since oct 18 now going on 18 days with this and boy is this scary. I pray everyday that this will stop. I didn't realize there are so many ppl suffering with this. I will pray for them as well. Thank you so much for your kind words. You have helped me calm down a bit knowing there hope. Laura. Xoxo
       
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    7. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Hi, again, Laura,

      It certainly does sound like you're under a lot of stress, with the family move to Charleston (which is a lovely place, by the way!), and four children of different age ranges. Hopefully, things will calm down for you soon, and maybe your tinnitus will calm down along with it.

      Your tinnitus occurrence sounds a lot like mine, as mine started up (I had mild tinnitus before) after I withdrew from the drugs. Maybe it was the shock to our systems that caused the tinnitus to get worse (?). I'm not sure, but it's enough to make me very cautious about any drugs I take in the future!

      I wish you a quiet evening, and hope you'll keep in touch with us here at Tinnitus Talk. We're here to support one another!!

      Hugs,
      Karen
       
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    8. lbjprxoxo

      lbjprxoxo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 18th 2013
      Hi guys. I have a question. Has anyone taking tramodol (ultram) and got T ? For 5 months I took 2 pills a day 50 mg. then just stopped cause I felt I didn't need them, that night like within 10 hours I withdrew pretty bad. (Who knew) the next morning the T started and hasn't stopped since oct 18th. Does anyone know if this will stop or know of anyone with same problem from taking this drug ?? Now off the drug since then. Went to ent and all normal. Grrrrr it's so annoying !!
       
    9. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      Try not to panic. Your tinnitus is very recent. Still in the acute stage. erik explained it all well above.

      Generally speaking, tramadol doesn't cause tinnitus for the majority. You are the first on Tinnitus Talk I've seen mention tinnitus possibly caused by tramadol. If you google for "tramadol tinnitus", you'll find a few results - but that's about it.

      Now that you are off it, you'll just have to wait and see how it turns out. The ringing could very well resolve on its own after a while - and if not, the negative and troublesome feelings will start to disappear as time goes by once habituation starts to set in. You'll be fine.

      Best wishes
      Markku
       
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    10. lbjprxoxo

      lbjprxoxo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 18th 2013
      Hey Mark,

      So easier said then done. I'm in panic mode and have been since. It's not bad at all during the day. Sometimes I cant hear it at all unless I plug my ears or stand in my coat closet durning the day but as soon as night comes ..... Wowwww fear sets in ...the constant loud ring as if I went into a concert and the speaker was my eardrum !! I wake up that way to until I get out of bed and my kids begin to scream getting ready for school. Then I hear kinda okay. It's so frightening. Sometimes I hear that constant high pitch sound then a lower sound pretty loud comes up at the same time. That only lasts for a minute or so then right back to the constant stream of high pitch whine. This is so scary I'm just praying God will turn it off. Hoping God will help all of us. Thank you. Laura.
       
    11. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Director Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Team Trobalt Team Tech Team Awareness Team Research

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      Do you make use of masking techniques, like nature sounds, white noise, and so on? These are great at night to distract you from the tinnitus noise and/or mask it completely.

      It's not easy in the beginning to deal with tinnitus, but take example of us "veterans". We're still alive & kicking, enjoying life. The beginning can be extremely difficult, but rest assured that there is light at the end of the tunnel - even if you don't see it yet.

      Some great masking resources below:
       
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    12. astronomer
      Spaced

      astronomer Member

      Location:
      georgian bay,ontario,canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      hi,
      just hang in and calm yourself , i got tinnitus april 12 2013 , it is unfortunate and the first month i went through the anxiety thing , if you need to take an anti depressant for a while, do so,as time goes on, if it is still there ,your brain will learn to adjust to these indifferences and you gain strength from it,it is not harmful and remember that there are others suffering with much worse illnesses , be strong and dont forget to be good to yourself and others around you,remember ,keep yourself relaxed,take care,kevin(astronomer)
       
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    13. BobSwede

      BobSwede Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Hi!
      I'm new in this an have just finished a 6 Day period of Tramadol (hexal) 50 mg 3 Times/Day. After only 4 days a started hearing a high pitch sound when going to bed. Now I'm panicing! Is this really bacause of the drugs I've been taking for my pain in the neck? Please give my some info. Sorry for bad language. I' m from Sweden..
       
    14. BobSwede

      BobSwede Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Hi lbjprxoxo!
      I wonder if Your problems caused of Tramadol is still botgöring You?
      Best regards Bob
       
    15. Alexander

      Alexander Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2014
      Just wanted to pitch in, since tinnitus after tramadol use seems to be an uncommon occurence. I also got bad ringing in the ears after taking tramadol, mine has been 6 months now. Still hoping it will go away but after this long I dunno...
       
    16. Alper
      Angry

      Alper Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2015
      I was taking also this tramadol drug for ear ache because of an ear infection and after 2 days I got T. I stopped immediatly with tramadol but now since 2 months ringing is 24/7 non stop. I thougt first the eardrops caused T but now I think it's the tramadol.
       
    17. Alper
      Angry

      Alper Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2015
      My question is what damage can Tramadol do, in the brain or ears? Can I take supplements or whatever to reduce or eliminate the damage?
       
    18. DJay
      Alienated

      DJay Member

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2012
      I am wondering the same thing. I was on 400-->200-->100mg/day Tramadol then quit, but only for 8-10 weeks for a broken rib. Big mistake.

      I woke to horrible tinnitus one night after stopping. Three sounds, two in left ear (car horn and grinding) and high pitch tone in the right. That was in Oct 2012. Now it has settled to one high pitch tone in both ears, or middle of head, depending on how it is when I wake up, it stays that way for the day.

      I was debilitaed in the beginning. It is becoming managable the lower it goes. But man, this is taking too long. I have lost everything just trying to live through it. I lurked here for over a year and finally decided to post. I see this post is old but there are some recent replies.
       
    19. Brian Reade
      Cheerful

      Brian Reade Member

      Location:
      Florida USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      after chiropractic neck adjustment
      Welcome to the forum.
      Tramadol is a dangerous drug. Read about its known side effects which include seizures.
      I am sorry this has happened to you. I tend to think it will go away after awhile, once your body rids itself of this drug.
       
    20. David J
      Confused

      David J Member

      Location:
      Kent, Ohio
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2011
      This is an old thread, but it is important to note that I also suspect Tramadol originally caused ringing in my ears about five years ago. One prescription, 30 days. So when someone sez that it isn't a common side effect, because if you google it there aren't many results, that just irritates me.
      I take it now for pain and when I do, the ringing gets much worse. However, when I stop, the ringing diminishes to what I consider a normal background level. The ringing never goes away. It hasen't gone away in five years.
      You may ask; So why do I take it if it causes ringing. The reason is, because the doc no longer wants to prescribe opium based pain relievers that have become so heavily controlled in the U.S. (especially in Ohio). So this is all that remains. It is very effective and since I already have tinnitus (and have habituated), it is no longer an issue. As I said, when I stop taking it, the ringing diminishes. I take it as prescribed and do not use it daily, because I do not want to be addicted.
      There should be a strong warning about tinnitus for people that have never taken it.
       
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    21. DJay
      Alienated

      DJay Member

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2012
      It seems that quite a few people have had the same reaction to Tramadol. It is quite chemically similar to Effexor and that is one tough "drug" to beat from what I have read about it.
       

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