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Tramadol vs. Ultram

A healthcare provider may prescribe tramadol hydrochloride (Ultram®) to help relieve moderate to moderately severe pain in adults (age 16 and older).
Ultram is made by Janssen Ortho, LLC, and is marketed by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. Generic versions of Ultram are available, sold under the names "tramadol," "tramadol hydrochloride," or "tramadol HCl." These generic versions are available in one strength (50 mg).
Many (if not most) pharmacies do not carry Ultram (the brand-name drug). Tramadol is significantly less expensive versus Ultram, and many insurance companies require people to use the generic products. If you are willing to pay full price, as your insurance will probably not cover Ultram, your pharmacy may be willing to stock the brand-name version for you.
However, many healthcare providers view requests for brand-name narcotics as a sign of abuse or diversion (selling the drugs to someone else), because such drugs usually have a higher street value than their generic versions. In many situations, a request for a brand-name drug of abuse instead of a generic may arouse your healthcare provider's suspicions.
(Click Tramadol and Generic Ultram for more information on tramadol vs. Ultram, including detail on how this medication helps relieve pain, potential side effects, and safety precautions to be aware of before starting treatment.)
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