Difference between tramadol generic and tramadol brand

Tramadol is a pain reliever that could be used to treat moderate to severe pain. There are various medications on the market available to act as a pain reliever but most of the people used to prefer generic Tramadol as it is very much effective and could experience its effect within a short time. Ultram is the brand name of Tramadol. This medication belongs to opioid analgesics class and one could get it in various forms and dosages. There are various differences between the generic and branded version of this pain reliever. A major change includes the cost variation.

There are various brand names available for the generic Tramadol such as Con zip, Ultram, Ultram ER etc.

Does the difference between the generic and branded affect the medical condition?

The effect would be somewhat less while taking Tramadol and it would be much effective when taking Ultram, because the ingredients would be the same but the compositions might differ. The branded version only will the original composition but all the generic versions will not be having the exact composition.Other than the effect their are various difference between Tramadol and Ultram and they are as follows:

Manufacturing process:

Tramadol is been manufactured in various forms and shapes. Tramadol tablet of different dosage is used to be manufactured in various batches. During the manufacturing process, the ingredients should be mixed in the correct composition and they would be compressed into units of the mixture and they are called as slugs. These slugs will then be filtered to remove the air and after removing the air they would be again compressed into separate tablets.

Active Ingredients:

The active ingredient here in Tramadol is the Tramadol hydrochloride. And the other ingredients that have been used in this process are pregelatinized starch, magnesium stearate etc.Whereas in Ultram they also used to have Tramadol HCL but in an extended-release formulation. Other ingredients are ethyl cellulose, polyvinyl pyrrolidone, polyvinyl alcohol etc.


The appearance of the Tramadol and Ultram will vary. Tramadol is available in three shapes, one is elliptical and the other one is oval, and in round shape.They are usually present in white, green and yellow color with the dosage strength printed in the middle as “tram 50”. The dosage used to vary according to the person as everyone is unique. In Ultram, it will also be available in various doses, but Ultram would be imprinted in between the tablet. Color would be same as that of Tramadol.


The cost would be the major change a person might experience when purchasing tramadol in generic and branded versions of Tramadol. Generic versions used to cost comparatively less, and this is due to various reasons.The branded Ultram costs high because they might have spent a lot of money in research and in the development of the product.And also for the promotion of the product, they had spent money and that is the reason why the branded one is costly. Also, only the branded version consists of the original composition.