Did you find a pill with a strange-looking symbol on one side and the number 230 on the other? Or were you recently prescribed 230 pills? Whatever the case, this article will teach you everything you need to know about the 230 pill, from its purpose and dosage to its manufacturer, side effects, and interactions with other drugs.
Before we get into all of that information, though, let’s check that the pill you have is indeed a 230 yellow pill.
What’s a 230 Pill? What Is It Used For?
About 10mm in diameter, the 230 pill is a round, yellow pill with 230 debossed on one side and the following symbol debossed on the other:
If the pill you have matches this description, then you have a 230 pill.
The 230 pill, or oxycodone and acetaminophen tablet, is a prescription drug used to alleviate moderate to moderately severe pain. Doctors often prescribe this medication to patients who are recovering from surgeries and other serious medical procedures.
230 pills are generally used for short-term pain relief. Since they are highly addictive drugs, doctors typically warn against taking 230 pills for long periods of time.
That said, some people use 230 pills recreationally. This can be dangerous as an addiction can lead to overdose and even death. (We’ll address these problems in more detail later.)
230 Pill Contents and Dosages
Each 230 yellow pill contains a combination of 325 mg of acetaminophen and 10 mg of oxycodone hydrochloride. (There are also oxycodone and acetaminophen pills of a lower dosage: 7.5 mg/325 mg. In contrast to 230 pills, 229 pills are debossed with the number 229 and are either orange or yellow in color.)
Acetaminophen is an over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain reliever mainly used to relieve aches, pains, fever, and headaches (but not inflammation). Acetaminophen is one of the most common over-the-counter pain relievers; you’ve likely seen it branded as Tylenol. Note that acetaminophen is not a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like ibuprofen, Advil, and Aleve.
Oxycodone is a strong opioid, or morphine-like pain reliever. It is classified as a narcotic due to its highly addictive nature. Oxycodone relieves pain by altering the way your nervous system and brain react to pain.
If you are prescribed oxycodone and acetaminophen pills, your doctor will determine your dosage based on the severity of your pain and your response to the medication.
The usual dosage is one 230 pill every six hours as needed for pain. The maximum daily dosage is six pills a day, though how many you should take ultimately depends on both your pain level and your doctor’s instructions. Some doctors also advise taking your 230 pills at regular times each day.
230 Pill Brand Name and Manufacturers
230 pills are the generic form of oxycodone and acetaminophen tablets. Common brand names of this medication include Endocet, Lynox, Narvox, Percocet, and Primlev.
The generic 230 yellow pill is manufactured by Norwich Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for Alvogen, Inc.
Common Side Effects of the 230 Pill
As with any medication, it’s important to be aware of the possible side effects of the 230 pill before you take it.
According to the National Institutes of Health, here are some of the most common mild side effects you can get when taking 230 tablets:
- Feelings of extreme happiness or sadness
More serious side effects may indicate an allergic reaction. These include the following:
- Difficulty breathing
If you develop any signs of an allergic reaction, stop taking the 230 pills, consult your doctor, and seek immediate medical attention.
Drug Interactions to Avoid With the 230 Pill
Some drugs and substances can interact poorly with the 230 pill. Be sure to tell your doctor about any medications you’re currently on (including supplements and over-the-counter pills) to ensure you won’t have any adverse reactions while taking 230 pills.
Common substances known to interact poorly with the 230 yellow pill include the following:
- Oral contraceptives
- Loop diuretics
- Lamictal (lamotrigine)
- Retrovir (zidovudine)
In addition, avoid taking additional doses of acetaminophen (such as Tylenol), as taking too much acetaminophen at once can damage your liver.
230 Pills: Dangers of Overuse
As I mentioned before, 230 pills are highly addictive pain relievers, so it’s important to avoid using them if you don’t have a prescription.
However, sometimes people (even those with prescriptions) develop addictions to 230 pills. The easiest way to avoid getting addicted is to follow your doctor’s orders and not exceed the number of pills you’re instructed to take. If you feel you are addicted or are becoming addicted, consult your doctor for help.
Taking too many 230 pills can lead to a potentially fatal overdose. The National Institutes of Health list common symptoms of an oxycodone overdose:
- Narrow pupils
- Slow or shallow breathing
- Loss of consciousness
- Cold and clammy skin
- Weak pulse
- Excessive drowsiness
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms and an overdose is suspected, call the toll-free Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222. If the person is currently unconscious and/or not breathing, call 911.
Recap: What Is a 230 Pill? What Does It Do?
In closing, here are the most important points to remember about the 230 pill:
- The 230 pill is a round, yellow tablet used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. It’s usually prescribed by doctors for short-term pain relief, such as after surgery.
- Each 230 pill contains 325 mg acetaminophen and 10 mg of oxycodone hydrochloride. Acetaminophen is used to relieve pains and fever and is found in many medications such as Tylenol, whereas oxycodone is a strong opioid used to treat severe pain.
- 230 pills are the generic version of oxycodone and acetaminophen tablets. Common brand names include Endocet and Percocet.
- Mild side effects are common; these include drowsiness, nausea, and lightheadedness. If you are experiencing more severe side effects or suspect you are having an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention.
- Several drugs can interact poorly with 230 pills, so be sure to tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking.
- Although 230 pills are available by prescription only, some people abuse them and become addicted. Addictions can lead to a potentially fatal overdose. If you think you have an addiction, call your doctor. In the case of a suspected overdose, call 911.