Lortab Watson Blue Vs Lortab M363

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Christina Says:

My friend and I are both prescribed Lortab APAP10/500's. I get the Watson 540 blue pills and he gets the M363 white pills. I have taken the white ones before, but for some reason, it did not help me as much as the Watsons. I don't understand this. Besides the manufacturer, is there any real difference between the two different kinds of pills?

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David Says:

Besides the difference in manufacturers, there may be a significant difference in the inactive ingredients in each pill.

Inactive ingredients found in M363 are:
magnesium stearate
microcrystalline cellulose
corn starch
silicon dioxide
stearic acid

Each Watson 540 tablet contains the following inactive ingredients:
croscarmellose sodium
magnesium stearate
microcrystalline cellulose
stearic acid
FD&C Blue #2 Aluminum Lake

As you can see there is a difference in what they put into the pills, and that alone can significantly effect how the drug is absorbed into your system; including how effective it may be for you compared to someone else who might react differently to a few changes in ingredients.

I hope this info helps!

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sexyandIknowit Says:

No, there is no difference. For a drug to be used as a generic for another drug,it MUST be the same. There is as much of the same narcotic in both pills. Hope this helps.

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Mimzy Says:

I have tried to explain this to ppl for years, the med in the tablets have to be the same, but each company uses different ingredients for "binders", and each persons system re-acts differently for this reason. As a former Pharmacy Tech, (Fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, retired me) it never bothered me when a client asked for a specific generic, b/c I knew from my own experiences, what worked for me. But, even Pharmacists will argue the point to death with a client.

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Pam Says:

Christina, They is a difference with the two type of pills. Watson always works the best. Yes the pharmacy will argue saying the is no difference, bull. Even when people sell these on the street Watson always goes for a higher price. I know name brands in alot of medications work a little better than generic.

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theresa Says:

Thank you Mimzy. I have had that question myself. It seems that the pharmacy changes suppliers from time to time so I will call before getting them refilled. I know that the yellow ones always worked the best for me but I don't know the manufacturer for those, do you?

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Pam Says:

I have even had the pharmacist laugh and say, "I know you want the watsons it gets you there alot better".

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Amber Says:

Im in so much pain everyday. Getting to were I cant function. My back pain has me in the bed almost 24/7. How can I get help with no insurance. I cant take the pain ny more. Theres no way to get insurance that I know of without a job and I can barely shower and dress. Im only 36 yrs old

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pat Says:

i have taken pain pills for many years and i find watson's are the worst / weekest the m's always work great but i always have to 2x the dose when taking the watson brand.

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Iraqvet Says:

Each hydrocodone/acetaminophen tablet (aside from dosage) is exactly the same, except in the case of "binders" as someone had previously mentioned. Keep in mind that each time you take one the circumstances leading up to the delivery of the medicine in your system is probably different. (unless of course you eat the same thing at the same time everyday, use the facilities the same time everyday, expend th same amount of calories at each point through the day and there is. O deviation what so ever from your daily routine) so, the effectiveness of each dose may change based on a collision of many, many variables. No two doses will EVER feel the same. Regardless. We haven't even mentioned things like tolerance, potentiators or anything of that matter. In terms of individual effectiveness as far as I know (and this is only personal experience talking here) Watsons are not by ANY means stronger OR weaker. Hydrocodone is hydrocodone. Only the brand names and fillers differ.

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Been there Says:

To the person looking for pain med with out insurance, anyone selling you with out a prescription is breaking the law. To be clear, you don't need insurance to see a doctor. Call a pain specialist, tell them in advance of situation and they can help you find help. I guarantee that if you try finding help on the street without doctors supervision, you will get poorer quality, if not tricked in to buying fake pills; plus you will pay way more. Loratab 5/250's can cost up to $20 a pill, where a bottle of 30 through a doctor is less than one street pill. You can debate any part of this, but the real issue is unsupervised drug use will take you into a deep, dark world, where the medicine becomes the problem, trust me...been there, done that. Sounds like you maybe there know, check clinics for "free" help, it exists in the legitimate chanels.

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Connie Says:

Been there ..... Amber never ever gives any indication of street use drugs . Do you always jump to such conclusions ? I'm just glad you're not a Doctor .

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Tori Says:

Went in and checked the inactive ingredient in Watson (crocscarmellose) and found that it makes the pill dissolve better and faster, maybe that is why they say it gets you there better and as I have taken both Watson works better on me.

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Feetfried Says:

You should consider the 10/325. There is absolutely no use for that amount of acetominophen in the combination hydrocodone products.

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birdgirl Says:

It does depend on the brand of generic because although they say it is supposed to be the same it is not always because of the fillers and binders they put in the pill. I have had some generics that worked better than others and some that didn't work at all . So there are some generics that work better than others.

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Angel Says:

Connie I agree with you about Been there, Amber never even mentioned street drugs, only how to get help without insurance. Amber I have been there & most pain management doctors ask $250 to 500 a visit. Go to a pain clinic, they will take cash runs about $125 plus your prescription cost. I have C5 thru C7 compression. Some of my days sound like yours. Wish you well.

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kelleypiez Says:

Yellow ones are watson hydrocodone also. 10/325. Same controlled substance amount as the blue watsons, less apap.

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Tat2luvr Says:

Have you checked with your local Health Department or Mental Health Department? They may be able to direct you to a free clinic or an income based clinic.

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Deb Says:

maybe if you read what someone posted before thinking the worst of them. All Amber wrote was she has no insurance and how can she get insurance or help from a doctor without a job and shes in a lot of pain not that she wants illegal drugs or street drugs and help she never said anything of the kind. To Amber you can go to any doctor without insurance and pain meds are not that expensive there is free clincs and there is also insurance company's you can pay for but i know everything is expensive. Check around there is always someplace that can hlep.

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Lisa Says:

No insurance and NO prescription are different animals. This making the remaining words in this post useless. and BTW I have no dog in this race... just doing some research for a family member

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pharmaceutical companys are killing us! Says:

the amount of tylenol and buffer is different in every brand and that is what makes the difference and ruins peoples stomachs!

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