Yellow Norco 10 325 (Thread 247517)

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Francessca Says:


What the heck, guys?!?!?
I've been prescribed the yellow, oblong Norcos 10/325 for years and years now (several different illnesses\conditions).
All of a sudden I went to CVS and the pills they gave me were more or less, useless! They were white and smaller. They don't do crap to help me pain!!!!
This sucks! I called CVS and they said that the FDA passed a law stating no more "Norco" could be sold due to the rampant over-abuse. Great. Thanks a lot for those of us who really, genuinely needed that ONE MED that really actually worked and helped!!!!!! Because of f'ing pill-poppers and sellers, I can no longer get the one and only medication that helped me. This sucks. It's wrong. Really wrong. I don't take them to get any high. I take them to make it thru my damn day!!!!!!
Anyone else experienced the notification of discontinuation of the Norco, yellow, oblongs? I usually use Express Scripts to fill my scripts, but on short notice, I use CVS. Sometimes it can take up to a month to receive a med, using Express Scripts.
I'm due for a refill. I'm thinking I should call my doctor's assistant and ask her to specifically write out the script for NORCO, instead of just '10/35'.
Anybody??? Any comments??? Any help or suggestions???
THANKS and feel healthy, everyone!!!! <3



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jay Says:

Hi Francessca. I too have been given the new white Norco and it is not the same. I am experiencing stomach pains, headaches, fuzzy eyesight, and extreme drowsiness. I called Walgreens and got a pathetic line about the dye being removed and there is no difference. I take the pills daily and I say there is a big difference. I am also in agreement with you that the "lay about pill poppers" abused our medication and we are paying the price. I cannot take these new pills and function. What's worse is they probably collect some type of welfare while you are I are going to work in pain on a daily basis.

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k Says:

nore more could be sold?? WHAT??? they are useless and i have a dr appt today and do not know what to do i cant take this crap and no pharmacies here will fill anything like that i was lucky to find ONE nice pharmacist. can anyone help with what else to take similiar but that works for the pain?

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Jenna Says:

Hello,

I'm sorry to hear about the problems you are all experiencing with this new pill. You aren't the first to post with complaints about the new white tablet.

It sounds like you've all spoken with your pharmacy, but had no luck. Based on what I've read, it's likely that your pharmacist didn't have any other information for you, because so far all the available information about this new Watson pill claims the tablets as being identical and that they have only removed the dye that was in them. However, I have also read that they may have taken out a small amount of acetaminophen due to the fact it can cause liver damage. I'm not sure if that's true, but I suppose the truth will have to come out eventually!

I suggest trying a different brand, it seems as though some people have had success by doing so.

Here's a link to a thread that might be of help: Discuss/Watson-853-White-or-Yellow-Pill-246480.htm

Does anyone else have more information to share?


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Teresa Says:

This is sorta late answering your question about the brand Norco, but after 10 years of use for chronic pain I can assure you it is absolutely a difference if you are not getting Norco. My physician wrote for the name brand only. It is extremely expensive so all insurances companies want you to take Anything but this. Good luck to you and God Bless

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k Says:

Their not discontinuing Norco..who said that? Watson got bought out by activas and they supposedly just took out the yellow dye..im in same situation..no other brands of it work AT ALL unless I take DOUBLE what I was prescribed. its ridiculous and sickening..im sure the fda and dea is in on this. that's why there hasn't been any recall..if I had the money to have this tested I would but the one place I found wants $400 to test it. cuz I am POSITIVE they only put maybe half or less mg of the hydrocodone in these. and that would be illegal but I don't have any money to spend.

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k Says:

you get REFILLS ON NORCO? HOW??? that was made illegal in florida..I have been havng to pay $200 EVERY 28 DAYS FOR OVER A YEAR NOW just for Norco 4 a day r u on like 1 or 2 a day? is a pain management dr doing this or a primary care? you sure are lucky that's for damn sure

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k Says:

if u have insurance and haven't been having to pay $350 a month for dr and meds you shouldn't be complaining. im about to be I withdrawal because of this crap. my pain dr doesn't care about people only about money and it is sickening. there are no primary care drs who will treat pain anymore in florida thanks to the dea

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BL Says:

Refills are allowed on Schedule III meds, but not on Schedule II meds. As of today, New York state is the only state where hydrocodone combination products are Schedule II, it was effective February 23, 2013. The other states are going by Federal Law which states hydrocodone combination products are Schedule III. BUT, with the recommendations of the FDA's REMS Committee on January 30, 2013, Federal Law is in the process of changing hydrocodone combination products to Schedule II for all the states. It will take a little time, but not much. Also with Schedule II, they cannot be called or faxed, they must be written and with no refills.

Did your doctor tell you that there were no refills on your Norco ?


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k Says:

i was told by my dr AS WELL As my pharmacist refills are not allowed on Norco. you need a physical prescription I have emailed the fda the florida health dept and everyone has told me I must be seen every month to have this medication. my pharmacist also told me like my dr office did if you are prescribed a breakthrough med like Norco you MUST also be prescribed a long acting one like ms contin..which also requires to be seen monthly. but even without the ms contin I have been paying $200 a MONTH for over a year because they would not do any refills..this has been hell because I had to quit working last summer and every month to come up w this amount PLUS medication costs is ridiculous. I am about to be I withdrawal because now not only is this dr requiring to be seen every 28 DAYS an writing prescriptions for 28 days only, now also requiring complete blood counts evry 3 months!! ridiculous! these pos do not care about people obviously.

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suffering Says:

i have severe neuropathy chronic pain from 2 failed back surgery since 2000 have been taking yellow Norco 10/325 for years 240 a month i do not believe the yellow dye is all that has changed these white what ever they are are not doing any thing for me make things worse called my pain management they offered me tramadol this makes no since im in a great deal of pain taking the white so called Norco

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Pain is my Name Says:

I'm sorry to hear that!
Tramadol is child's play compared to yellow Norco!
My gosh - it's not even half of what Norco is!!!! Nor even half of a regular vicodin!
How dare they do this to you!!!!
I agree 100% that MORE is different than just the dye!
The white ones don't do jack. There is such a considerable difference!
Sure wish they would not screw around and take away the ONE medication that has changed my life considerably for the very best and has given me back a quality of life that enables me to live a fulfilling and engaging life w/out pain. Now they are taking that away. What will we do???? This is NOT fair!!!!


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suffering Says:

no I go to pain management 4 times a year so I get 3 refills each time reg, md cant do that here in tx they cant give refills on norcos but now dosent matter if they did they don't work anyway now

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KS Says:

WOW WHAT A JOKE. MY PRIMARY CARE DR USED TO GIVE ME 3 REFILLS WHEN I WAS ON 2 VICODIN A DAY BUT SINCE HE MADE ME GO TO PAIN MANAGEMENT THEY MAKLE ME BE SEEN EVERY 28 DAYS ITS BS AND A JOKE.

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suffering Says:

not complaining about the cost I do have insurance so that's not the problem the problem is Watson has changed the medication that helped me tolerate my pain nerve pain never stops hurting but I could at least get thru my day without suffering like I am now and they are not telling the truth about it just being the dye they removed

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Jeremy Says:
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I am in Texas and still able to get the yellow NARCO 10/325 I am wondering if this is going to be in effect here...

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HokieFiend Says:
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Has anyone heard anything else about these white Watson 853 10/325? I posted a new thread today in the Norco forum but received no response. I am at a loss here. I have taken pain meds for 10+ yrs and have had every brand with not ONE issue before until I just got my monthly prescription yesterday and was given these. These things are absolute garbage. They are completely ineffective and I think we deserve answers. Nobody is going to look out for people who suffer in pain. They never have due to the stigma attached. It's up to us. We need to organize and do something about this. There is severe tort here on the manufacturer and we deserve answers and explanations. This is not psychosomatic.... There is something DEAD WRONG and people are ending up back in spirit crushing pain that these medications relieved.

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rk Says:

GOod luck! the only thing i tried was i found a place to test the garbage pills and would oftold us EXACTLY how much of what is in them but it cost $400 and i cant afford it. i have posted tons of messages contacted lawyers and the fda and NOTHING is or will be done until someone has these things tested as there is NO WAY IN HELL there is more then maybe 1mg of hydrodcodone in them walgreens started denying to fill my prescriptions and this new place charges DOUBLE almost $100 for ONE MONTH plus my dr costs $200 a month and they gfive me qualitest brand which are jUST AS BAD..worthless

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BL Says:

Jeremy, it's everywhere. If it hasn't affected you yet, it's just sheer luck. If you take a generic, irregardless of where you live, if it hasn't affected you it will soon.

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jay Says:

Where do you live in Texas and what pharmacy are you going to :)

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BayArea Says:

I just called actavis/watson and complained about the new white Norcos there TERRIBLE everyone should call and complain heres the number 1-800-272-5525 ext34399 im going to have to change my script if they dont change back I've been on the yellows for 10 years and now im in alot of pain with these white watson norcos there completely different it's more than dye they changed the pill and are lying to all of us patients that really need these pills.

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