I've always gotten the Watson 853 YELLOW tablet for my Norco. Just this last time I received the Watson 853 WHITE tablet. I've just never seen the 10/325 in White. Is there a difference? If not, then why the White & Yellow?
31 Jul 2013
I have tried to answer this question previously and now have become even more suspicious as to why my comments are not posted. I will try again. Sometimes you begin to feel the drug companies actually monitor certain things being said about them and spend a drop in the bucket to do damage repair... anyhow, I have taken Norco 10/325 for the past couple of years, never really paying much attention to the drug company or color of my pills, it just never occurred to me there is a difference but I have truly come to pay attention to these changes in my prescriptions as IT DOES make a huge difference and this being what has recently happened with Norco's yellow Watson pills strangely becoming white worthless pieces of chalk. When I recently got my new refill from Walgreens I saw the color change and thought I was given the wrong meds so I googled this new little mystery and I began reading all the negatives about it.
I did not really take this into account much thinking its mainly in a persons head when a medicine is no longer working because the color changed or the manufacturer has changed. I noticed over the past couple of years that there is a small if any difference in the potency of Norco if the MFG is different and discussed it with my doctor who said yes the concentration of hydrocodone may be different but all in all its the same meds, NOT TRUE WITH THESE WHITE THINGS. Again, I did not pay much attention to the negatives, I just thought it was in everyones head and it would be fine. I took my dose and waited, nothing, I took another, nothing, I took two at once, nothing, I repeated this for several days and began doing extensive research online about this change and what I discovered was truly convincing. The removal of the yellow dye is not the only thing that changed with Watsons NORCO. The entire compounding of the medicine is altered. A Walgreens pharmacist said these new white ones are designed to release smaller bits of hydrocodone over a course of time and therefore a sudden relief of pain is not to be expected. It really explained a lot. They are junk. Truly worthless for what they are intended for. I thought it was in MY HEAD, I thought this cant be true, everyone else is the one who is imagining this. Nope, its true, if your getting these white WATSON 10/325, they have not just lost their lovely yellow color, they lost their lovely pain relieving potency as well. I transferred the remainder of my prescription to Rite Aid making sure they DID NOT carry WATSON as the vendor. Shop around and make sure your not getting a WATSON distributing pharmacy, its worth the effort. Good luck
18 Apr 2013
There no difference in the active ingredients which are the hydrocodone and acetaminophen. It's the inactive ingredients the changed i.e. the yellow dye was removed, some pharmacies buy the cheaper drugs to save money Watson is a generic brand if your script was made buy a different company that could be the reason most pharmaceutical companies are leaving out the dyes because there have been more law suits from allergic reactions, also they are starting to leave out some of acetaminophen to stop the risk of Liver damage.
7 May 2013
I too, have always gotten the yellow, but yesterday was given the white watson 853. To me, the white are much stronger. I took my usual dose during the day, and I felt weird during the day, and I was up all night long it was awful! I couldnt sleep a wink and I was sweating, having restless legs, on top of my heart racing. Im not finding much info online about these. Have you noticed a difference?
5 Jul 2013
Possibly the filtering of the yellow vs the white pills could be different or the dye in the yellow pills could be a binding agent causing a slower breakdown of the pill in your digestive tract meaning the yellow ones would take longer to take affect but in turn will last longer in terms of managing your pain.
22 Apr 2013
I agree that the only difference is the removal of an unnecessary yellow dye. Watson is the same company that makes brand name Norco, and are, in my experience, a better quality than non Watson brands. Walgreens just changed to the newer white Watson 853 where I get my prescription also.
29 May 2013
Their is a strong difference to me. The white ones come on faster and leave faster. The yellow keeps me level. I believe the die is another binding agent. Break a yellow one in half then break a white one, you will feel the yellow one is harder to break. Or look in the bottle and see the pill powder from the white is greater then the yellow. I feel the yellow Norco time release much better than the white. Only my opinion and I have been on them for 5 years 120 per month. I am 55 and can't work without them. I am not happy with the white ones and they are definitely not the same!
27 Jul 2013
These new white pills are garbage. I have been taking the yellow watson 853 for 5+ years. I've filled 2 scripts with the new white pills and I started getting MAJOR Constipation and feeling really unwell , went to my doctor and i've had a ton of tests done and they can't find anything wrong with me. I had a stash of the old yellow pills left over so I went back to them for a few days , and I feel like my old self again and Constipation gone. Called the pharm about it all they said was to call watson and complain. Next pain doc visit switching to something else unless watson brings the yellow ones back.
2 Jun 2013
I have been taking the Yellow 853 for several years. I recently tried Vicorpofen 7.5/200 as an alternative due to the tylenol. I had to take 8 rather than 3, so I swapped back after 3 days. I must say that I noticed immediately that I could break it easier. It was always harder with the yellow pills. I did recognize it come on very fast, and I must say that I noticed a difference with the amount of time it lasted. I started to feel pain after two hours and thirty minutes. It would be inconclusive since I have two different forms of these similar compounds in my system at the moment. I will take a full pill later when I am sure that the other Vicoprofen I took this morning wears is out of my system. I usually am perfectly fine after I take a whole one as well.
I must say that Norco is the only pill that I could take and have most of my pain treated while also being able to work without losing focus. I really hope that whenever I take the entire pill that it is as effective.
I always thought people were crazy when I heard them saying that different pills work differently until I took the Vicoprofen and recognized the difference which in no way could be related to only Ibuproffen/Tylenol ingredients. It would be terrible to have to do more trial runs at this point.
I wish you guys luck, and I'll do my best to find some time away from work to post my opinions after a few days of using the modified Norco.
14 Jul 2013
Yes there can be a difference. I contacted Watson/ actavis and found out two things. 1. They have not stopped making & at this point have no plan to stop making the yellow 10/325. Your pharmacy has to order the bottles of 100 not 500 in order to stock the yellow the NDC number is 00591-0853. 2. There can be a difference due to kinetics. This was explained by one of the men in their compounding department. He said there is always a chance for human error when compounding. Call them and report your situation. The more people that let them know they have received white hydro that are not effective the better the chance is they will correct and better monitor the compounding.
24 Jun 2013
You should have received a label on the bottle if you got the prescriptions at the same pharmacy or an insert explaining the color change. As long as it is the same medication, dosage, route (form); pill, injection, liquid, suppository then nothing has changed but the color. Sometimes my meds come in different colors and shapes, but I accept generic. Please verify with Md. Or pharmacist, but it sounds like the exact medication.
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