About Watson 853: Oval-shaped yellow or white pills imprinted with the words “WATSON 853” on one side and a dividing line on the other side are a type of narcotic analgesic drug prescribed to relieve severe pain. The U.S. DEA has designated WATSON 853 as a highly addictive, Schedule II controlled substance. WATSON 853 pills are generic forms of brands such as Lorcet, Vicodin and Norco.
Ingredients in WATSON 853 Pills
Composed of acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate, WATSON 853 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 called codeine, hydrocodone bitartrate has about 1/10 the strength of morphine although it is just as addictive as morphine.
WATSON 853 Effects
The hydrocodone bitartrate included in a WATSON 853 pill causes side effects similar to those of other narcotic analgesics like Vicodin or Percocet. Physiological effects include:
- Slowed reflexes/lack of coordination
- Inability to focus/concentrate
More serious side effects may arise due to allergic reactions or overdosing on WATSON 853 pills. 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.
WATSON 853 Dosage Information
Adults prescribed WATSON 853 (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 WATSON 853 tends to work quicker to relieve pain due to its rapid absorption into the bloodstream.
Can You Snort WATSON 853 Pills?
WATSON 853 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 WATSON 853, 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.
Fake WATSON 853 Pills
Differences between prescription WATSON 853 pills and fake WATSON 853 pills may be hard to spot at first glance. Buying WATSON 853 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 fake WATSON 853 pills compared to real WATSON 853 pills are available on the Internet in numerous drug abuse forums.
Are Percocets and WATSON 853 Pills the Same Kind of Pain Reliever?
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 WATSON 853 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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