Originally Posted by sean
? The generic and brand name forms of this drug are not likely to have different effects--on the liver or elsewhere. (Tramadol is not conisdered a special liver hazard as far as I know, but the list of adverse reactions definitely indicates that at least sometimes, maybe rarely, there is hepatitis or liver failure in some patients.)
I'm sure your wife's doc has good reason for prescribing this painkiller (others may be worse for the liver, I'm sure), but I suspect that the real reason for preferring the generic is because Ultram is pretty expensive.
I think we should buy generic when we can. The drug companies are doing quite well as it is, I would say.
I could not agree more with you on the drug companies doing quite well.
I got this e-mail this morning & it says it all.
A car company can move its factories to Mexico and claim it's a Free Market.
A toy company can outsource to a Chinese subcontractor and claim it's a free market.
A major bank can incorporate in Bermuda to avoid taxes and claim it's a free market.
We can buy HP Printers made in Mexico.
We can buy shirts made in Bangladesh.
We can buy Oysters from Japan
We can purchase fish eggs from Russia.
We can by Biscuits or flu vaccine from England.
We can purchase almost anything we want from many different countries.
BUT, heaven help the elderly who dare to buy their prescription drugs from a Canadian or Mexican pharmacy. That's called un-American!
And you think the pharmaceutical companies don't have a powerful lobby? Think again!