|Active ingredient||Hydrocodone; Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)|
|Drug Class||Opioid pain reliever (hydrocodone); non-opioid
pain reliever (Acetaminophen)
|Working||Works by affecting the brain to change how the body feels and responds to pain|
|Kicks In||Around an hour|
|Dosage||Only as advised by the doctor|
Norco is a prescription drug combination used to treat moderate to severe pain. It contains a combination of opioids i.e., hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Norco comes in the oral solution and tablet forms with varying concentrations. Norco also has some recreational uses which surged in recent years.
How does Norco work?
Norco mainly works on our brain cells and modifies the way we feel the pain, reduces the fever associated with the pain, and also stops or prevents cough.
Read the prescription usage guides suggested by your doctor. Do not take Norco on your own. Inform your doctor beforehand about any medication or any kind of supplements you are taking.
This medicine is taken orally with or without food or as prescribed by the doctor. In case of nausea, it is better to take Norco with food. Dosage can vary with one’s medical condition, receptivity to treatments or for children based on their weight. If you are using a liquid solution of this drug, be sure to measure the amount correctly (use a medicine dose-measuring device) as prescribed by your doctor, or it may harm your body.
Do not take different variations of Norco as they are absorbed in the body in different ways. Also, do not increase or decrease the amount of dosage.
Since it is a pain medication, it is best to take it when the first signs of pain appear. Being late will deteriorate your condition.
Ask your doctor how to stop using this medicine after long-term use, or you could have unknown withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms may include restlessness, mental/mood changes (including anxiety, trouble sleeping, thoughts of suicide), watering eyes, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea, sweating, muscle aches, or sudden changes in behavior.
Addiction may happen after prolonged use. It may alleviate if you have a substance use disorder (such as overuse of drugs/alcohol).
- dizziness, or
- Back pains
- bleeding gums
- bluish lips or skin
- dark urine
- difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)
- difficulty with swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- general body swelling
- irregular breathing
- bladder spasms
- permanent hearing loss
Symptoms of Overdose:
- change in consciousness
- chest pain or discomfort
- cold and clammy skin
- decreased awareness or responsiveness
- extreme drowsiness
- A general feeling of discomfort or illness
- increased sweating
Remember to keep this drug out of the reach of children. Use this drug only as prescribed by your doctor and not on your own.
Do not take Norco tablets if you are allergic to any of its additives. Get medical help if you see any symptoms of an allergic reaction, including rash, itching/swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing; although allergic symptoms are rare.
Serious and life-threatening, or lethal respiratory depression has been reported with the use of Norco, even when used as prescribed.
Norco can have some sort of effect on the ability to drive and work on machines. So, dizziness is noticed occasionally in people working with any sort of machine. Inform your doctor if you are having alcohol or marijuana.
Ask your doctor about the precautions and safety measures if you have diabetes or any type of liver disease. Lower doses are suggested to those with kidney disease or related to moderate kidney function.
Norco has sometimes been associated with acute liver failure due to hepatotoxicity which can lead to death. Rarely, Norco can cause skin reactions that can be fatal. Some cases of hypersensitivity and anaphylaxis have been also reported.
Norco can associate with several other medicines which can cause various abnormal effects. So, it is advised to inform your doctor beforehand about all your prescription and non-prescription drugs or any sort of supplements you are taking. This can save your life.
Some drugs which can interact with Norco may include:
- Certain pain-related drugs (mixed opioid antagonists such as pentazocine, nalbuphine, butorphanol), naltrexone, etc.
- Drowsiness or breathing problems may occur if you are taking medicines such as other opioid pain or cough relievers, alcohol, marijuana (cannabis), drugs for sleep or anxiety, muscle relaxants, or antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine).
- Some drugs can alter the excretion of hydrocodone/acetaminophen from your body. They are azole antifungals (such as ketoconazole), macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), mifepristone, HIV medications (such as ritonavir)), certain drugs used to treat seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin), among others.
List of some other drugs are:
- Celebrex (celecoxib)
- Cymbalta (duloxetine)
- Nexium (esomeprazole)
- Synthroid (levothyroxine)
- Tylenol (acetaminophen)
- Zyrtec (cetirizine)
Storage and Precautions
- Store at controlled room temperature 15°-30°C (59°-86°F).
- Dispense in a tight, light-resistant container with a child-resistant closure.
- It is a Schedule C-II Narcotic, and therefore, it should be handled with care.
- Store out of sight and reach of children.
- When medicines are no longer in use, they should be disposed off on time.
- If the pack has expired, do not consume the pills.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Norco used for?
Norco is a prescription drug combination used to treat moderate to severe pain.
What are the side effects of Norco?
Common side effects may include nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, or drowsiness.
Can I take Norco if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
Do not take this medicine if you’re breastfeeding. This drug can pass into breast milk and cause drowsiness, breathing problems, or death in a nursing baby.
What drugs and food should I not take while taking Norco?
Do not drink alcohol. Inform your doctor if you are having alcohol or marijuana.
How to take Norco?
Take it orally with or without food or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller dosages or for a longer period than prescribed.
What happens with an overdose on Norco?
It may lead to decreased awareness or responsiveness, extreme drowsiness or simply feeling of discomfort or illness. It can lead to death.