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TRAMADOL HCL

Ultram (Tramadol) is an atypical opioid pain reliever. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it alters certain brain chemicals to lower pain perception and improve mood. Source: Iodine  *

*This description is for related drug Tramadol

Important Information About This Drug

Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

As many as one quarter of those receiving these drugs over a long period of time in a primary care setting struggle with addiction.

Read more about the appropriate use of these drugs and speak to your doctor about their risks.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

At a Glance: This Drug in 2014

10.9K
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 1246 of 3362

$3.32M
Retail Cost

Rank: 1113 of 3362

2,482
Patients

Rank: 1304 of 3362

2,962
Prescribers

Rank: 1210 of 3362

More info on related drug Tramadol »

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61%

of people say

it's worth it

38%

of people say

it worked well

16%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

This Drug's History

Claims

The number of Medicare prescriptions for this drug each year

10.3K

2011

9,890

2012

10.9K

2013

10.9K

2014

9,624

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$2.19M

2011

$2.42M

2012

$3.02M

2013

$3.32M

2014

$3.2M

2015

Average Patient Cost

Average amount that patients without a low-income subsidy paid each year.

$235

2011

$261

2012

$267

2013

$242

2014

$260

2015

Note: While the rest of this page displays data from 2014, the charts above display data through 2015, from a special release by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 192 864 $247K
Texas 183 772 $227K
New Jersey 194 721 $251K
Florida 198 668 $207K
New York 117 568 $179K
Pennsylvania 125 512 $159K
Ohio 111 470 $139K
Georgia 106 430 $124K
Michigan 114 379 $142K
Illinois 85 363 $97.4K
North Carolina 84 328 $88.9K
Virginia 61 278 $66.9K
Minnesota 45 277 $83.4K
South Carolina 64 276 $82.7K
Tennessee 44 269 $85.2K
Alabama 59 236 $56.3K
Missouri 42 225 $66.3K
Washington 40 220 $79K
Massachusetts 34 202 $65.2K
Kentucky 39 188 $55.8K
Wisconsin 43 188 $68.5K
Indiana 56 185 $87.6K
Louisiana 45 184 $40.1K
Arizona 40 182 $59.7K
Oklahoma 33 150 $43.8K
Colorado 33 132 $43.6K
Mississippi 22 123 $27.1K
New Hampshire 21 121 $43.2K
Maryland 32 119 $39K
Arkansas 23 117 $36.2K
Iowa 20 107 $39.9K
Vermont 99 $32K
Connecticut 30 98 $22.4K
West Virginia 17 77 $23.4K
Hawaii 71 $15.9K
Delaware 13 68 $15.1K
Oregon 21 58 $18K
Nebraska 51 $14.2K
Maine 14 50 $18.9K
Kansas 11 49 $21K
North Dakota 41 $16.2K
Nevada 40 $10.4K
Wyoming 38 $13.5K
New Mexico 36 $12.7K
Utah 33 $10.5K
Rhode Island 32 $3,775
Alaska 32 $6,779
South Dakota 31 $6,891
Montana 30 $8,574
Idaho 30 $10.2K
District of Columbia 12 $2,919
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2014 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by more than 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 428,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

Incorrect Info?

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Top prescribers for ULTRAM

Provider Medicare Claims City State
CHRISTOPHER WONG M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled56

SAN FRANCISCO

California