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Watson 853 Round White Pills

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Watson 853 are prescription, oval-shaped pain tablets. Each has these letters and numbers imprinted on one side and a dividing line on the other. They are composed of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. This prescription medicine is a narcotic analgesic for relieving moderate to severe pain.

Each Watson 853 pill contains these two ingredients:

  • 10 mg of hydrocodone bItartrate
  • 325 mg of acetaminophen

Hydrocodone is a powerful opioid used to treat severe pain over a long period. Acetaminophen, however, is an analgesic and fever reducer. Tylenol is a brand name for acetaminophen. 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.

How It Works

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


The U.S. DEA has designated it a highly addictive, Schedule II controlled substance. It is more potent than other narcotics like codeine. Hydrocodone has about 1/10 the strength of morphine, although potentially just as addictive.

These pills are sometimes crushed by those who choose to abuse them. However, long-term abuse of hydrocodone may:

  • Damage nasal passages
  • Dissolve nasal cavities
  • Cause random nose bleeds
  • Elevate addiction risk

 Ingesting more than a prescribed amount of acetaminophen could:

  • Damage the liver

Adults prescribed 325 mg acetaminophen with 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 with trouble swallowing pills.

  • The oral version tends to work quickly to relieve pain due to its rapid absorption into the bloodstream.

Fake versus real

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 they contain non-toxic fillers or cheap ingredients harmful to one’s health. However, compared to WATSON 853 pills, pictures of counterfeit medicines are available on the Internet in numerous drug abuse forums.

Brand names

Brand name equivalents for this type of combination pain drug include:

  • Lorcet
  • Vicodin
  • Norco


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