I know a lot of medications have many companies that make generics of the medicine. I know that the original Norco and most of the generic Norco are yellow in color. I found 2 white pills that look exactly the same and when searched the imprints on them, they were identified as generic Norco - 10mg hydrocodone/325 acetaminophen. The tablets, even though they look alike in color, size, and shape, have only one difference: the imprints. One of the tablets has "M367" on one side and just a line down the middle on the other side for easy breaking. The other pill, looking exactly the same, has the imprint "M523" on one side and no line on the other side, but another imprint of "10/325." Are these both really generic Norco (10 hydro/325 apap)? And if so, what is the difference between these 2 tablets/medications?
17 Nov 2012
I disagree. I know they're supposed to be the same but myself and someone else I know with chronic pain, have noticed a remarkable difference lately. The white ones are not nearly as strong and seem to make me jittery. When both of us have mentioned this to each of our pharmacists we were laughed at and told that it was impossible. We now go to pharmacies that consistently use the yellow ones. I'd love to know how this could happen and how to get pharmacy to believe me. I'm spending a lot more now by not going the warehouse store.
10 May 2013
Pharmacists say this is the same drug, regardless of color. However, having been on this drug myself I agree with all the others who say that the yellow pill seems to pack more punch to it, while the white seems weaker. It is supposedly not true, but it has been what I have experienced also
12 May 2013
Yes they are the same drugs. I used both types on many occasions over the years, and I also found the yellow ones to be slightly stronger. I believe it is because the manufacturers have certain allowed tolerance levels as to how much active ingredient must be included in the drug. This means they are allowed certain deviation from the standard amount, plus minus certain percentage. For example, one manufacturer might be putting plus 15% of hydrocodone above the standard and the other might be putting minus 10 % of hydrocodone below the standard. Both are within the allowed tolerance but this can mean a 25% difference between the amount of active ingredient in the pills from one over the other manufacturer.
Another observation I has is that the yellow pills always seem to be much fresher. You can almost smell the difference when you open the bottle. I am not sure why that is but it seems as the pharmacies store the white pills for much longer time and the yellows pills always seem as recently manufactured. I have to say this is the case most of the times. but I did also have a case on one occasion where the yellow pills were not so much different from the white ones.
- Norco Information for Consumers
- Norco Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Norco (detailed)
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