WHAT IS A OVAL SHAPED PILL WITH WATSON 340 ON IT

Not Medical Advice: We couldn't find an oval-shaped pill with the imprint WATSON 340, but we were able to find an oval-shaped pill with the imprint WATSON 540. It has been identified as acetaminophen and hydrocodone 500 mg / 10 mg (Vicodin, Lortab, Norco).

The prescription medication belongs to the drug class narcotic analgesic combinations and is used to treat pain, coughs, back pain, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Less serious side effects of acetaminophen and hydrocodone include: upset stomach, dry mouth, mild nausea, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, and constipation.

Acetaminophen and hydrocodone 500 mg / 10 mg has a moderate potential for abuse and shouldn't be taken with other pain medication, over-the-counter allergy, cold, or cough medication, or alcohol. Alcohol combined with acetaminophen may increase the risk of liver damage.

Of interest, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that 1 in 20 people in the U.S. confess to using prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons in past 12 months. 60% say they obtained them from family or friends and 17% say they got the drugs from a doctor.

Updated on Tuesday, May 14 2013 at 03:13PM EDT