I had to have my prescription filled at Walmart this time. These tablets are white. I have noticed more side-effects so I talked to their pharmacist . He told me they changed the color - duh? "Norco 539" is imprinted. Can someone please validate? Thank you
There is no medicine difference between the yellow and the white Norco. Color and imprint only. If the white ones you're getting aren't doing the same job as the yellow ones, which they should be because they're exactly the same besides color and imprint, I would tell my doctor first. After you talk with your doctor, try a different pharmacy. They'll still be white. They stopped making the yellow ones. But maybe you got old pills or they weren't stored in proper environment. Very rare, but it can happen. I wish the best of luck to you and I hope I could help you in one way or another.
My advice to anyone wanting a stronger norco 10/325 is that they purchase the name brand norco manufactured by Allergan it is an off white in color wit the imprint 539. While the manufacturer Watson makes a yellow also with the same imprint 539 that is not as effective as the original manufacturer of norco, Allergan is by far the strongest 10/325 mg. Out there. How do I know this is that I have suffered from moderate to chronic pain for thirty years now. I am one of the first to use norco I always thought cheaper was better. But up to about a year ago the generic brands wasn't cutting it I found myself doublin up on doses, then I decided to try the original name brand Norco by Allergan. It cost a bit more but it is worth it. Cheaper is not better.
I have taken naproxen, then tramadol, then vicodin, then 2 vicodin every 6 hours, and now norco every 6 hours. Dealing with chronic back pain, diabetic nerve pain, severe sciatica and cancer... three types over last years lung, thyroid, appendix and colon. I was on yellow which worked great. Then couldn't get so was on white and THEY DO NOT WORK near as good. When pain gets intolerable I am stuck in bed on heating pad. Luckily last two months I got yellow again. Got my monthly refill today and back to the white. They did more than remove yellow dye. They are bigger and more oval, different density, takes longer to take effect, are not as potent and do not last 6 hours. There is MOST DEFINITELY a difference...
I am talking to my pain management doctor and see what can tell me about this problem and what I can do to resolve this horrible issue. Will post his response onset I get it.
My recommendation would be to go to your locally-owned pharmacy. Ask the pharmacist to order the yellow instead of the white. The big pharmacy chains don't have this option as they are contracted with pharmaceutical companies. My local pharmacist orders the yellow because she know the white do not work as well for her customers. #ShopLocal.
Yes this is brand name norco. Watson,Par , qualitest and brand norco have all removed the yellow dye or are in the process of removing the yellow dye per FDA because ppl request them. The four that are yellow just so happen to be stronger. I still swear by these manufacturers because they have the most potent medication. The FDA allows a 20% decrease and Up to a 25% increase in the active ingredient to still be deemed equivalent. So even though it's white now the manufacturers still have the same recipe.
- Norco Information for Consumers
- Norco Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Norco (detailed)
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