Iveataken tramadol for over 2 yrs now and at first I itched all over but that didn't last long. It does help to "take the edge off" which in the morning I take two aleve with it to jump start the relief and I've had great results with it. I hope u will too, good luck!!
Synthetic or not, really bad itching and sometimes rashes seem to be a universal side effect of opioids. It's worse when it first begins working, and usually it tapers off within a few hours. However, it can become really bad during that time. If you find yourself in this itchy predicament, there are a few things you can do to help yourself: 1. Hydrocortisone is a great help if you have a rash or a smaller area of itching such as your hands, or a spot on your arms or legs. My nose has a tendency to do the most itching. I've even put hydrocortisone on a q-tip and ran it around the inside of my nose. I've even used it on my entire forearm. 2. Benadryl has an anti-itching cream now, but it is the same exact thing as Hydrocortisone, so don't waste your money on a brand name. The pill, on the other hand, is great for systemic itching and multiple rashes. It can also be used for mild allergic reactions. Paramedics will often give someone who is having an allergic reaction, especially an atypical one, both epinephrine and a Benadryl shot. However, Benadryl can make you drowsy, so make sure you are somewhere that you can sit or lie down at before taking it. 3. Aveeno lotion or any lotion with oatmeal as a prime ingredient. Oatmeal has a soothing effect on your skin. You can use this all over your body. I have in the past mixed a little bit of hydrocortisone with my oatmeal lotion and that worked pretty well. a) To betterfy using the lotion or hydrocortisone, take a cold/cool shower beforehand. Cold and itch travel on the same nerve fibers and using cold can stop the itch in its tracks. b) If the itch or rash is just on a small area, try using a cold compress. c) Other topical lotions/ointments that are similar to Oatmeal are Aloe Vera, Honey, Lavender Oil. 4. Anti-itch creams & lotions with these ingredients: a) Camphor - Vicks uses this oil in their products. It is an anti-inflammatory. b) Menthol - I personally love this one. The cooling effect it has feels awesome. c) Pramoxine - This is a topical analgesic; meaning, it numbs the nerves. d) Diphenhydramine- This is the active ingredient in the Benadryl pills as well. It is an anti-histamine. It works by systemically by blocking the histamine receptors. e) Benzocaine - This is a topical pain and itch reliever that works by blocking nerve signals in your body. 5. Hydroxyzine - This is a prescription medication that is also a type of anti-histamine.
Amie, for me when I was on Percocet post-surgery it made me itch like no tomorrow. Morphine and Tramadol also do that to me, enough so I have to take Benadryl when taken it. Strangely enough with either Vicodin or Vicoprofin, I don't itch.