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Watson 853 pills are prescription-based, oval-shaped tablets for pain relief. Each pill is imprinted with these specific letters and numbers on one side, and a dividing line on the other. Comprising hydrocodone and acetaminophen, this prescription medicine serves as a narcotic analgesic for managing moderate to severe discomfort.
Each tablet contains the following two ingredients:
- 10 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate
- 325 mg of acetaminophen
Hydrocodone is a potent opioid used for prolonged treatment of severe pain. Acetaminophen, on the other hand, is an analgesic and fever reducer. It’s also known under the brand name Tylenol. While acetaminophen can be purchased over-the-counter to alleviate headaches, body aches, and fever, it won’t reduce inflammation since it’s not an NSAID like ibuprofen.
- The oral version typically provides quick relief due to its rapid absorption into the bloodstream.
- This medication is also available in oral solutions for individuals who have difficulty swallowing them.
- Exceeding the prescribed dose of acetaminophen can also harm the liver.
How It Works
Hydrocodone, as a narcotic, binds to opioid receptors in the brain to provide analgesic effects.
The U.S. DEA classifies hydrocodone as a highly addictive, Schedule II controlled substance. It’s more potent than other narcotics like codeine, possessing about one-tenth of the strength of morphine, but potentially just as addictive.
Unfortunately, some individuals may abuse these pills by crushing them and then smoking or snorting them. Long-term abuse of hydrocodone could potentially:
- Damage nasal passages
- Dissolve nasal cavities
- Trigger random nose bleeds
- Increase addiction risk
Adults prescribed this drug should not take more than one pill every four to six hours.
Fake Versus Real
Distinguishing between prescription capsules and counterfeits may be challenging at first glance. Purchasing them online or from a drug dealer is risky, as they may contain non-toxic fillers or cheap ingredients that are harmful to health. However, you can compare real ones with pictures of counterfeit medicines found in numerous drug abuse forums online.
Equivalent brand name drugs for this type of combination medication include:
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