Saturday, June 21, 2008

Oink

A patient asked me this week if it was okay that she was taking her pig's tramadol (a pain medication).

No one can say that family medicine is boring.

I told her I'd rather she not take it, and happily prescribed her some FDA approved-for-human-use tramadol. Same dose. Same name. Likely the same manufacturer, though I didn't check.

Though really, my best guess is that it's ok. Anyone?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

If it weren't okay, wouldn't it be called something else? Hamadol? Sorry. Couldn't help it. Besides, no one else commented.

Doctor David said...

Wow! And I thought *I* got the great questions!

Teresa said...

Well what about the poor pig's pain if she takes his meds?

webhill said...

As a vet, I would be highly annoyed about the diversion of the medication I had prescribed, and I would fire her ass from my practice.

Therapeutically speaking, I see no problem with her taking it. I mean, I don't think I know anyone in my profession who hasn't at one time or another taken something off his or her own shelf. Most of the drugs we use are not veterinary-specific, and are in fact the exact same drugs you get at CVS or Target Pharmacy or wherever. I mean, for generic stuff, that is.