Tramadol is the generic name for Ultram. That means that the brand name from the first manufacturer of tramadol was Ultram and it was made and marketed by Ortho McNeil, now Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The branded version of Ultram became available as a generic in 2002. Each branded prescription drug also has a generic name, which you will often see in parentheses following the brand name.
When the patent exclusivity for a brand name product expires, often times multiple generic manufacturers seek approval from the FDA to manufacture and sell generic versions of the branded drug. When a drug like Ultram becomes generic it is typical for the generic products to be priced much lower than the branded product. As such, most insurance plans offer lower patient co-pays for generic drugs, like Ultram, than they do for branded drugs.
There are many manufacturers of generic Ultram. They include Watson, Mylan, Sandoz, Teva. Generic Ultram is widely available and is included in the discounted generic programs of many pharmacies
Even though a prescription drug has a generic name, this does not always mean it is available in a generic form at the pharmacy. Often prescription medicines are referred to either by their brand name (only one manufacturer holds the exclusive right to make and market the product using the brand name) like Ultram or by the generic name in this case, Tramadol
Is Generic Tramadol the same as Ultram?
Generic drugs, including generic Ultram are not exactly the same as the original branded drug, although they are very similar and are widely viewed to be as effective as their branded counterparts. To learn more about the difference between branded prescription medications and generics, visit the Generic versus brand name section.
Generic forms of Ultram are widely used in the U.S.
Is Ultram and Ultram ER available as a generic?
Yes. Ultram and Ultram ER have been available for several years from multiple manufacturers as AB rated generic formulations.