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Q: what is the difference betwwen vicoden with the numbers M357 and ones with M358?

My bottle says HYDROC/APAP 7.5/500 TAB My doc gave me M357 last time but this time I have M358 Is that a higher strength or is it like batch numbers?

Thanks for any help. 

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
9/ 4/09 5:03pm

White oblong tablets with M357 on them contain 5 mg hydrocodone and 500 mg acetaminophen.  White oblong tablets with M358 on them contain 7.5 mg hydrocodone and 500 mg acetaminophen.  So, the M358 tablets are a little stronger. 

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red, Community Member
9/ 5/09 1:19am

Hi Karen, Thank you for your help. So it's basically like taking 1 1/2 2357's? I have some cavites and can't aford a dentist yet. My doc gave me 2357 vicodins a while back and I remember I would take 2 of them for the pain because it said take 1 to 2 tabs every so many hrs as needed. I had 2358's but never took them. I am not one to take many pain killers. I have a bottle of oxycodone from 3 yrs ago still. Even though they expired my doc said it is ok to take them if I want, but they are stronger than vicodin. Thank you for your help again and have a great weekend.Smile

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