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    What Does Hydrocodone Look Like?

    Hydrocodone is available in tablets and capsules, but can be found in a variety of colors made by a number of manufacturers.

    No matter what your hydrocodone pills look like, abusing the drug can lead to serious adverse effects like dependence and hydrocodone addiction.

    Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic used as a painkiller to treat severe pain. It’s primarily prescribed for those who have tried other medications that haven’t worked.

    The prescription opioid works by changing the way the brain and central nervous system respond to pain. It’s also often mixed with other drugs like acetaminophen.

    Hydrocodone Colors & Shapes

    Hydrocodone pills and hydrocodone combination products come in many different colors and shapes. What color or shape they are depends on the dosage, what ingredients are included, and who the manufacturer is. 

    White Capsules

    There are a few different white capsule-shaped pills that contain 325 mg of acetaminophen and 10 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate. One is made by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, another is made by Amneal Pharmaceuticals, and another is manufactured by Ascent Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    There are also a couple of white capsules that contain 325 mg of acetaminophen and 5 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate. These are supplied by Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Mallinckrodt 

    Pharmaceuticals, and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Inc. 

    The only difference in how they look is the imprint on each pill. 

    You can also find another white, capsule-shaped pill with 325 mg of acetaminophen and 7.5 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate that’s supplied by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

    White Oval Tablets

    There are also a couple of white oval pills with 325 mg of acetaminophen and 5 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate. They are supplied by Actavis Pharm Inc. and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. 

    Beyond those, there are also white oval-shaped pills by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries that contain 325 mg of acetaminophen and 10 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate.

    Watson Pharmaceuticals also makes its own hydrocodone/acetaminophen pills. They make a white oval-shaped pill with red dots that contains 325 mg of acetaminophen and 5 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate. 


    You may also find hydrocodone pills that are orange in color and oval in shape. 

    These pills are manufactured by Watson Pharmaceutical and Qualitest Pharmaceuticals Inc. and contain 325 mg of acetaminophen and 7.5 of hydrocodone bitartrate. The only difference in ideintification is the imprint on each pill.


    There are also a few yellow hydrocodone pills. One is oval and contains 325 mg of acetaminophen and 10 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate. It’s made by both Qualitest Pharmaceuticals and Watson Pharmaceuticals.

    There is also a hydrocodone bitartrate extended-release capsule that is 40 mg and made by Alvogen Inc.

    Multi-Colored Capsules

    There are quite a few multi-colored hydrocodone bitartrate capsules that are an extended-release formulation. They are generally yellow on one side and either blue, purple, pink, white, or gray on the other side. They are made by Alvogen Inc and come in 10, 15, 20, 30, and 50 mg doses.

    Hydrocodone Imprints

    What is imprinted on a pill depends on the dosage and the manufacturer. Knowing some specific imprints or learning what they mean can help you determine what’s a legitimate pill and what’s counterfeit. Some of the imprints you may see on hydrocodone pills include:

    • M367
    • IP 109
    • IP 110
    • T 259
    • G 035
    • M366
    • M357
    • WATSON 853
    • V3601
    • ALV 409
    • ALV 410

    Hydrocodone Brand Names & Side Effects

    Hydrocodone and hydrocodone combination products can be found under many different brand names. Some of the brand names of hydrocodone include:

    • Hysingla ER
    • Zohydro ER
    • Hycodan

    Brand names of hydrocodone/acetaminophen products include:

    • Anexsia
    • Hycet
    • Lorcet
    • Lortab
    • Maxidone
    • Norco
    • Stagesic
    • Vicodin HP
    • Zydone

    Side Effects Of Hydrocodone

    No matter what the hydrocodone you’re taking looks like, the pain medication is likely to bring on certain side effects. Some are mild and some are quite severe.

    The most common side effects of hydrocodone and hydrocodone combination products include:

    • stomach pain
    • dry mouth
    • headache
    • back pain
    • constipation
    • drowsiness
    • sedation
    • lightheadedness
    • difficulty urinating
    • narrowing of the pupils
    • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep

    These side effects can become more intense if you’re abusing or taking higher doses of the drug.

    Hydrocodone Abuse Potential

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classify hydrocodone as a Schedule II controlled substance. This means it has a relatively high potential for abuse and can lead to severe psychological and physical dependence and addiction. 

    Besides hydrocodone, many other opioids in this category, such as oxycodone, fentanyl, hydromorphone, and codeine, also have a strong potential for abuse.

    If you or a loved one lives with opioid or opiate addiction, contact us today for information on our inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment options.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.
    Article Sources

    National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus - Hydrocodone
    National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus - Hydrocodone Combination Products

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