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Watson 853 White Pain Pill – Content Details, Risks & Side Effects

Watson 853 are oval-shaped yellow or white pills imprinted with these terms on one side and a dividing line on the other.

  • These white pills are generic forms of Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen.
  • ¬†Brand name equivalents include such brand names as Lorcet, Vicodin and Norco.

They are a type of narcotic analgesic drug prescribed to relieve severe pain. The U.S. DEA has designated it as a highly addictive, Schedule II controlled substance.

What The Name and Numbers Mean

The imprinting on these pills, stems from Watson Pharmaceuticals being the initial manufacturer. The number is a portion of its
National Drug Code (NDC) number.

NDC Code: 00591-0853Hydrocodone Bitartrate and AcetaminophenWatson Laboratories, Inc.10 mg/1 HYDROCODONE BITARTRATETABLET


They are composed of acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate.

  • These generic pills each contain 325 mg of acetaminophen and 10 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate.

Acetaminophen can be purchased over the counter for reducing headaches, body aches and fever but will not ease inflammation since it is not an NSAID like ibuprofen.

Hydrocodone bitartrate is a powerful narcotic opioid that binds to opioid receptors in the brain to provide analgesic effects.

  • Stronger than another narcotic like codeine, hydrocodone bitartrate has about 1/10 the strength of morphine although it is just as addictive as morphine.


The hydrocodone bitartrate included in each pill causes side effects similar to those of other narcotic analgesics like Vicodin or Percocet. Physiological effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Euphoria
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Slowed reflexes/lack of coordination
  • Inability to focus/concentrate

More serious side effects may arise due to allergic reactions or overdosing. Chest tightness, difficulty breathing, weak pulse, experiencing visual or audible hallucinations and inability to stand or remain awake are signs of a possible allergic reaction or overdose.

Dosage Information

Adults prescribed them (300 mg acetaminophen/10 mg hydrocodone bitartrate) should not take more than one pill every four to six hours. WATSON 853 is also available in oral solutions for people who have trouble swallowing pills.

  • Oral version tends to work quicker to relieve pain due to its rapid absorption into the bloodstream.

Can You Snort it?

These pills can be crushed and snorted. However, long-term snorting of hydrocodone bitartrate may damage nasal passages, dissolve nasal cavities, cause random nose bleeds and elevate the risk of addiction. In addition, when someone snorts this drug, they are also snorting acetaminophen. Ingesting or snorting more than a prescribed amount of acetaminophen could damage the liver, induce cirrhosis and even contribute to liver failure and death.

Street Versions

Differences between prescription pills and counterfeits may be hard to spot at first glance. Buying these pills online or from a drug dealer is dangerous because these pills may be contain nontoxic fillers or cheap ingredients harmful to your health. Pictures of counterfeit pills compared to real WATSON 853 pills are available on the Internet in numerous drug abuse forums.

vs. Percocets

No, although Percocets are also opioid analgesics that alleviate pain by acting on opioid receptors in the brain, Percocets contain acetaminophen and Oxycodone, not hydrocodone bitartrate. While these pills may be prescribed to suppress coughing, Percocets are only prescribed to reduce pain. Also, more people tend to abuse Oxycodone than hydrocodone, according to several clinical studies.

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