Aren't both acetomenophin and hydrocodone? Why would the same manufacturer produce the same drug with same imprint in two different colors?
There is no difference between the two except for the absence of blue dye. Effective February 2013 Watson drug company discontinued the blue tablets & started making their generic Lortab 10 without the blue dye. They still contain 10 mg of hydrocodone & 500 mg of acetaminophen. Watson just chose to remove the blue dye. The tablets are the same size, shape, & have the same Watson 540 imprint. Don't get too used to it though. All strengths of Lortab will be discontinued in the future in compliance with a new FDA regulation that mandates that any pain relievers not have greater than 325 mg of acetaminophen (APAP or Tylenol) per tablet.
I got the blue Watson loratabs last month & they where blue & have been for the past couple yrs... But this month I got the white ones ... Same code, shape & everything ... They work exactly the same!!! PROMISE !!! Just minus the blue dye ... And I've been taking loratabs for atleast 7 yrs... Theres absolutely no difference !!! I personally am glad they took the blue dye out, because the dye wasn't what was taking the pain away... Its what's in the medicine... So I have nothing but positive things( as yu can see)to say about the change !!! #completelysatisfied :-)
There is no difference except the color, I couldn't tell you why they went from blue to white but I do know that anyone getting prescription Vicodin, Lortab, any type of Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen painkillers you are probably already seeing different colors and sizes of tablets than you're used to and by January 2014 they will all be different because the FDA recently made it mandatory that by 1/2014 all prescription painkillers contain 325mg or less Acetaminophen per tablet because of the damage to the liver high doses of acetaminophen causes
This is directly from Watson Pharmaceuticals (which is now Actavis Pharmaceuticals) website:
"HYDROCODONE/APAP TABLETS 10/500 100s CIII
*Compare to: Lortab® Color/Shape: White / Capsular / Watson 540
Inscription: Watson 540
Orange Book Rating: AA
U.S. Prescribing Info
I to contacted Watson/actavis pharmaceuticals and it was explained to me that they are not always the same. Gentleman from their compound department said the kinetics can be off. The way the formula is compounded. I was calling for a patient that was given white instead of yellow hydro 10/325 that did not work. It is apparently a common issue because they had me speak to several different people taking information to document faulty product.
May not be related to this specific subject but these blue pills imprinted with WATSON 540 are indeed hydrocodone 10mg however some posts I am seeing about these being discontinued years ago (meaning the ones with the blue dye) is false as I just picked up a new prescription the other day and got the blue ones imprinted with WATSON 540
- Hydrocodone Information for Consumers
- Hydrocodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Hydrocodone (detailed)
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