Watson 3203 is a generic, prescription opioid pain medication. In addition, this drug is much more effective than over-the-counter medications.  This drug is very similar to Watson 3202, except it contains less hydrocodone, with only 5 mg of hydrocodone. It is prescribed for both pain and coughs.

Each white, oval-shaped pill contains;


Watson 3203 and other hydrocodone containing medicines belong to the narcotic analgesics classification of drug types. Each contains both a narcotic (opioid) and an analgesic (acetaminophen).

  • This medication works by binding both drugs to opioid receptors to block pain perception and inhibit the inflammatory effect.


According to The American Journal of Medicine, combining an opioid with an analgesics is more effective than by doubling the dose of either. This phenomena is known as potentiation.


This pill contains hydrocodone, an opioid, a Schedule II Controlled Substance in the United States. This classification means that it has a high potential for abuse, leading to severe psychological or physical dependence.

Because this drug contains the opioid narcotic hydrocodone, users are at risk of developing physical and psychological dependence.

  • Other drugs in this class include OxyContin, Dilaudid, and medications containing fentanyl.

Public awareness of the highly addictive nature of prescription narcotic-analgesic combination medications increased when various celebrities revealed their ongoing struggles with hydrocodone abuse.


Hydrocodone helps decrease anxiety and triggers relaxation, calmness, and even mild euphoria. However, users may need to take increasingly larger doses to achieve the same effects and prevent the onset of severe withdrawal symptoms.


According to the results of an anonymous survey of 3520 opioid-dependent patients aged 18 years and older administered by the Washington University School of Medicine, adults who abuse prescription opioid drugs prefer oxycodone over hydrocodone-based medications. In addition, according to the survey, respondents indicated a preference for misusing oxycodone over hydrocodone.

The survey also revealed distinct differences in the demographics between hydrocodone and oxycodone addicts. For example, abuse of hydrocodone-based drugs such as Vicodin is most prevalent among females over 45. Generally, they obtained the drug through either a valid or forged doctor’s prescription. Conversely, oxycodone users were more likely to be younger, male, and get their medications from street-level dealers.

Watson 3203 contains the same active ingredients as these prescription brand drugs:

  • Vicodin
  • Lorcet Plus
  • Anexsia


By comparison, each Vicodin tablet contains 300 mg of acetaminophen and 5 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate. Vicodin ES contains 7.5 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate.

Alphanumeric Coding

The number 3203 stand for this drug’s NDC numeric code. Watson Laboratories is the manufacturer.


See about other similar drugs in this category 2172

See also AN 627