Hydrocodone Pills Identifier – Types of Capsules and Syrups

Last Updated: February 10, 2021

Authored by Olivier George, Ph.D.

Reviewed by Michael Espelin APRN

Hydrocodone is a commonly used opioid painkilling drug. As with all drugs, people like to know what the drug does and what exactly they are taking.

There are large quantities of different types of hydrocodone pills, like M367 or IP 109, and the ways of the opioid administration. Due to hydrocodone structure, these can be in both syrups and pills. Identifying what they are and which is which can be complicated. This article aims to clear up those complications and give an overview of different brand names.

Brand Names

The drug is a narcotic analgesic that is available as generic and different brand name medicines. These combinations are used to treat severe pain or a dry cough. Most hydrocodone brand name products contain the opioid along with another non-narcotic medication.

Brand Names Of “Pure” Hydrocodone Pills Are:

  • Hysingla ER
  • Zohydro ER

Hydrocodone Acetaminophen Brand Names: 

Among combination products, there are medications used to treat cough or medications more effective in treating pain.

Combination With Ibuprofen Brand Names:

  • Ibudone
  • Reprexain
  • Vicoprofen

Other Names For Combination With Homatropine:

  • Hycodan
  • Hydromet

Hydrocodone Dosage Forms

There are various dosage forms for combination products. Depending on the brand name and manufacturer, the doses of active ingredients will vary. However, speaking about pure hydrocodone pills, there are 2 branded versions available: Zohydro ER and Hysingla ER. Zohydro ER comes in doses starting from 10 to 50mg. However, doctors initially prescribe a dosage of less than 15mg.

Doctor writing a hydrocodone prescription.

The starting dose is to take 10mg every 12 hours for individuals above 18. There is a lack of evidence to suggest that the medication is suitable for individuals under 18. While previously it was common for doctors to prescribe cough syrup with the opioid, FDA, starting 2018, banned all such medication for pediatric use.

For people tolerant to opioid use, health professionals can increase the dose by 10 mg every 12 hours after 3-7 days. However, halt the increment once the pain management process is effective. Changing the dosage from 10 mg to 15 or 20 mg is a safe shift. Hysingla ER is available in higher doses, from 20 to 120 mg. 

Variables that Affect Dosage Prescription

Health professionals exercise caution when prescribing this medication. This is because of the tendency of people suffering from hydrocodone addiction. Since there is no fixed dosage schedule, the doctor will look at the following factors when prescribing.

  • Tolerance. Individuals that are inexperienced in opioid use require monitoring while taking their initial dosage. Some health professionals prescribe 5mg to test the tolerability of opioid use. People who are not tolerant of opioid use are prescribed very low dosages.
  • Age. FDA decided to ban all medications containing this drug for children under 18 years since 2018, so there is no pediatric dose of this opioid. However, even for patients suffering from pain and more than 18 years of age, the weight requirement is at least 101 lbs.
  • Kidney & Liver Conditions. People suffering from severe liver and/or kidney disease should avoid using this medication. Therefore, the doctor will first advise some kidney and liver tests before determining the max hydrocodone dosage. It is, however, strongly suggested to take a different course of treatment in such cases.

What Does Hydrocodone Look Like?

M367 and IP 110

Hydrocodone M367 pill.

M367 is a white capsule pill with a back ridge. Supplied by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, it contains 325mg of Acetaminophen and 10mg of hydrocodone bitartrate. It is used to treat back pains and arthritis. M367 contains a relatively large dose of the opioid component and can cause side effects.

Hydrocodone IP 110 pill.

IP 110 is identical; however, its supplier is Amneal Pharmaceuticals.

T 259

Hydrocodone T259 pill.

This capsule-shape pill is almost identical to the ones described above. It contains the same dosage of active ingredients, and is manufactured by Ascent Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

IP 109 and G 035

Hydrocodone IP 109 pill.

A white, capsule-shaped pill that treats back pain and arthritis. It contains Acetaminophen and Bitartrate at the rates of 325 and 5mg, respectively. It is supplied by Amneal Pharmaceuticals. Like any other dosage form, it can cause hydrocodone side effects. If any of them appear, contact your doctor. A healthcare provider can provide some tips in dealing with the adverse reactions, and also prescribe other alternatives for pain.

Hydrocodone G035 pill.

G 035 is identical. Its dosage and shape are the same as IP 109.

M366

Hydrocodone M366 pill.

Another white, capsule-shaped M366 pill to treat severe to moderate pain. It contains acetaminophen and bitartrate with a dosage of 325/7.5mg. This pill is supplied by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

2172 White Pill, M357 and 126

Hydrocodone 2172 white pill.

This oval-shaped white pill contains the same acetaminophen amount as M367 or IP 110 (325mg) and 5mg of bitartrate. It is supplied by Actavis Pharma Inc.

Hydrocodone M357 pills.

M357 is identical; however, its supplier is Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

Hydrocodone 126 pill.

126 is almost identical. However, it is capsule-shaped and supplied by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Inc.

Hydrocodone V 3605

Hydrocodone V3605 pill.

V 3605 is an orange elliptical pill made by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals Inc. It contains a usual acetaminophen amount (325mg) and 7.5 mg of Zohydro ER active ingredient. It is available only by prescription.

Hydrocodone 176

Hydrocodone 176 pill.

A white, oval-shaped pill by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Inc. The dosage is 325/10mg. It is a schedule II drug and has a high potential for abuse and addiction.

V3601 Yellow Pill

Hydrocodone V3601 pill.

This yellow pill with 325/10mg of active ingredients is oval-shaped and made by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. It also contains inactive ingredients, such as silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, corn starch, stearic acid, and crospovidone.

M532 pill 10/325

10/325 M532 Hydrocodone.

This is a white capsule-shaped pill by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Its dosage is the same as the M367 pill (325/10mg). It’s used to treat chronic pain, and should be eliminated from the body in a few days.

WATSON 853

WATSON 853 Hydrocodone pills.

This yellow pill is oval in shape and contains 325 mg of acetaminophen and 10 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate. It is made by Watson Pharmaceuticals and is made to treat arthritis and pain.

WATSON 3202 and 3604 V

WATSON 3202 Hydrocodone pills.

This white pill with red dots is oval-shaped and contains 325/5mg of active ingredients. The drug is manufactured by Watson Pharmaceuticals.

WATSON 3604 V Hydrocodone pills.

3604 V is identical. However, it is manufactured by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals.

M365 Pill

M365 Hydrocodone pill.

M365 pill is white and capsule-shaped. This variation is made by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and contains a 325/5mg dose of active ingredients. This dosage of the M365 pill is the same as in IP 109. The only difference between them is the imprint and the manufacturer. People with liver diseases should be more careful while taking acetaminophen-containing products, as their use can lead to serious liver damage.

WATSON 3203

WATSON 3203 pill.

This pill comes in two forms. One is an orange oval and the other, a traditional white capsule. Both are made by Watson Pharmaceuticals and contain the same active ingredients, acetaminophen(325mg) and bitartrate(7.5mg). This variation is identical in dosage with M366.

Hydrocodone – Syrups To Ease Ailments

Hydrocodone syrups are far less common than hydrocodone pills. Here are some examples.

Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex Prnnkinetic

Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine Polistirex Prnnkinetic

A combination of hydrocodone and chlorpheniramine polistirex pennkinetic, this syrup contains 10 and 8 mg of active ingredients, respectively. It has an extended release of 12 hours and aims at treating coughs and allergies. It is made by UCB Inc.

Homatropine Syrup

Hydrocodone Homatropine Syrup.

Hydrocodone Bitartrate And Homatropine Methylbromide Syrup is used to treat coughs and colds. It contains 5 mg of bitartrate and 1.5mg of homatropine methylbromide. This syrup has a cherry flavor and is made by various manufacturers, including Endo Pharmaceuticals and Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals.

Identifying Hydrocodone Pills

Identifying types of hydrocodone pills or syrups and their ingredients isn’t always simple. Knowing the meanings of different imprints like M367 or M365 is necessary to be always sure about the dose of the medication one is taking. If one is concerned about getting a variant of the drug that is the most suitable, better contact a medical professional. Like all opiate painkillers, the drug can be addictive. Getting the right variety of the drug could help prevent addiction or worse.

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Published on: September 21st, 2018

Updated on: February 10th, 2021

About Author

Olivier George, Ph.D.

Olivier George is a medical writer and head manager of the rehab center in California. He spends a lot of time in collecting and analyzing the traditional approaches for substance abuse treatment and assessing their efficiency.

Medically Reviewed by

Michael Espelin APRN

8 years of nursing experience in wide variety of behavioral and addition settings that include adult inpatient and outpatient mental health services with substance use disorders, and geriatric long-term care and hospice care.  He has a particular interest in psychopharmacology, nutritional psychiatry, and alternative treatment options involving particular vitamins, dietary supplements, and administering auricular acupuncture.