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just wondering if anyone knows what the difference is between vicoden (wats) and vicoden (mall). these leters are on the perscription and one of my perscriptions was just changed from wats to mall vicodine??? i think the mall is stronger but not sure what it stands for??? thanks you guys for all your help... :)
Those names indicate who make the generic version of vicodin. I have generic lorcet from mall that isn't working worth a hoot. I have heard that their products are often "off".

There are websites that will show you pictures of the generic versions of drugs -- just do a search on it.

If one generic version of a drug isn't working for you (though technically, the it shouldn't matter since they are all supposed to have the same amount of active ingredients and should vary only in the inactive ingredients such as filler, color, etc.) call different pharmacies and ask what brand of generic vicodin they dispense.

I have generic lortab from two different companies because I got them filled at two different pharmacies (not advisable overall... if you get your Rx all from one pharmacy they can easily alert you to potentially fata drug interactions that your doctor(s) may not catch). Well, I usually carry 2-4 lortabs in a small pill case in my purse for those days we all have when you just want to scream from pain, and that's when I noticed that I had some that were marked with one code that started with an L and the other with a different code that started with an M. It threw me off for a minute until I remembered the different pharmacy part and went back and got both bottles and noticed the different manufacturers listed on the bottles.

Good luck!
Vicodin (Hydrocodone) comes in many different names (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, Norco, etc). Usually you get a generic from the pharmacy unless your Dr writes DAW on your script. Watson is a pretty large generic drug maker and is actually preferred by several. Mallinkcrodt is another large generic drug maker but there have been several people saying that Mallinkrodt is not as strong and many people will specifically ask not to have Mallinkrodt brand. Of course the make many other generics, but Watson seems superior to them.

I usually post at the Pain Management board, and you can find a ton of information about Mallinkrodt there.
The drug reference book that docs use (the PDR) has an online site. I'm not sure if non-professionals can access it or not, but they do have a drug ID section that shows pics of all the drugs out there. You can also look up a drug according to the ID info stamped on the tablet (that's what you were describing). As stated by someone else, you had 2 different generic brands of the same drug. Some docs will NOT prescribe generics b/c of the difference in quality that you've described. Unfortunately, non-generics cost so much more that a lot of insurance companies won't pay for the brand-name drug unless there is no generic available. That leaves the poor patient between a rock & a hard place!

If you find that one generic brand of vicodin is not effective for you, I'd suggest talking to your pharmacist and requesting that he/she not use that particular generic for you. I've found that most pharmacists are very helpful if they can be. The other possibility is that you ask your physician to request ON THE SCRIPT that the specific brand that doesn't work not be used to fill the Rx.

I had the same experience years ago w/ Ultram & Soma. I was on both & switched pharmacies. The brands that they used to fill both my scripts did not work at all! I was in agony for a month until I could get a new script. I might as well have been taking Tylenol! I immediately went back to my old pharmacy!


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Midge :angel: