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Is Watson Discontinuing Hydro Co Blue 10 500

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deborah Says:
 
my pharmacist told me that watson is discontinuing the hydrocodone blue 10/500 rx, and the only ones we would be able to get is the white generic, the white ones make me goofy, so why are they not going to produce the blue 10/500 anymore or is she full of a crap as an independant pharmacy, family owned??

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Verwon Says:
 
From the information I've just found, your pharmacist is correct.

In January of 2011, the U.S. FDA asked manufacturers to start limiting the amount of Acetaminophen in these combination medication products to only 325mgs and to discontinue the 500mg and higher versions.

They wanted the changes to all be made by January of 2014.

Some companies have already done so and the rest are slowly instituting the change to have all their products in compliance by the designated time.

That doesn't necessarily mean that they will all only be white and the ones you have a problem with, since they will also have to stop producing the 500mg product.

I found this information on e-connect FLASH, which is a pharmacists informational newsletter site and archive.

You can learn more Vicodin details here.

Similar to when changes are made to other existing medications, I am expecting that there will be many people that find the new formulations with the lower amount of Acetaminophen won't work as well for them and they'll likely have to switch to something else.

Are there any other questions or comments?

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DEBORAH Says:
 
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR RESEARCHING THIS FOR ME. IT SEEMS THAT LATELY DEA IS STICKING THEIR NOSES IN THE WRONG DIRECTIONS (DOCTORS) ITS SEEMS THAT THE HONEST PEOPLE ARE HAVING TO PAY WHAT THE DRUGGIES ARE DOING. AARP SAID IT RIGHT WHEN THE STATED DEA SHOULD MEET THEIR QUOTA ON THE STREET, NOT AT THE DOCTORS! AND NOW THEY ARE DUMPING SOMAS TOO. IVE BEEN ON THEM FOR ABOUT 25 YEARS, TRAINED AND SHOWED HORSES ALOT AND HAD A GREAT ACTIVE LIFE, BUT PAYING FOR IT NOW.....LOL MAYBE YOU CAN SEE WHAT THE SOMA OR CARSOPRODOL IS DOING....THANK YOU AGAIN!!

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DontBelieveTheHype Says:
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the below info is not entirely accurate...it IS true that there is discussion of lowering apap in all meds to 325 & lower because of toxicity (though at the amounts people take, I don't really think 175 per pill will make a huge difference but anyway) but this has NOthing to do with why the blue has changed to white. First, the change hasn't even taken place! Second, the white watson 540 has the same ingredients, 10mg of hydrocodone & 500 apap, but supposedly simply not the blue dye. Whether there was a binding agent associated with that blue dye or something (which is the ONLY difference in ALL the various generic brands), I don't know, but the active ingredients, hydrocodone & apap are identical. I do agree that some other generics do not work as well as the blue did for me, but I do not see a noticeable difference in the white. There is some info circulating that the change is related to one company buying out another, & therefore changing the product slightly, but not significantly

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pharmissassist Says:
 
i talked with several pharmacist today, the watson 10/500 in the white is, as shown on the main bottle ordered from the drug company itself labled "same meds new look!" .. its identical to the blue, but supposed the dye in the blue has been proven to make some sick.. they also sent literature to give patients who were taking the blue lortabs or vicodin whichever you wish to call it, so feel free to ask you pharmacist for a copy of the reason for the color change! but no difference, except many have a mental adjust to the blue, as studies show with 50 people given a blue placebo and 50 given white, although it was a sugar pill the ones 72% of the one taking the blue placebo actually got tired and sleepy (yes on sugar!) than on the white ones... now as your other informer, if you were prescribed hydrocodone 10/325 it would say generic for Narco, which is the name brand for the ones with lower acetaminophen, which is not being changed by all pharmaceutics unless you dr. feels the need to lower the "tylenol" in your med. hope this helps!

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