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Friday, June 7, 2013

White Watson 540s

There have been discussions recently about the color of Watson 540 acetaminophen / hydrocodone pills. The point is that they used to be light blue, and now some people started getting white-colored pills from their providers. Some patients wonder if these white ones are fake or authentic. We are glad to assure you that white Watson 540s are NOT fake. They only changed their color because the drug company decided to stop adding the blue dye into them (there had been complaints about allergic reactions to the dye in some patients). However, there are reports that soon Watson 540s will not be available in any color. This preparation contains a rather high amount of acetaminophen, 10mg in each pill, which is very harmful for the liver. So, they recommend to use this type of generic Lortab with caution. There is information that Watson Pharmaceuticals agreed the FDA's demands and is going to stop manufacturing generic Lortab pills which contain more than 5mg acetaminophen each.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Watson 794

One more remarkable pill, or capsule, from Watson Pharmaceutical product list. It is a blue capsule marked "WATSON 794" on one side, and "10 mg" on the other. Instead of sides, we may call them halves, i.e., both halves of the capsule have some letters and numbers on them. "Watson 794" means that it is Dicyclomine hydrochloride (generic Bentyl), "10 mg" means strength. The medicine is normally used for treatment of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).