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Norco is an opioid prescription medication under the category of controlled substance made up of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. The mixture of these medicines comes in both oral tablet and oral solution form. The oral tablet is available with the brand name Norco. Norco helps treat moderate to severe pain that other treatments have been unable to relieve. Both the components of this medicine help reduce pain. It works in the brain to block pain signals and decreases the ability to feel pain.
Components of Norco can cause a severe allergic reaction, and its symptoms may include hives, rash, itching, trouble breathing, and swelling of your throat or tongue. Interaction of alcohol with Norco may cause tiredness, drowsiness, mental cloudiness, physical and psychological slowing, and slow or no breathing. It also increases the risk of liver problems causing liver damage.
You should avoid using Norco if you are allergic to hydrocodone or acetaminophen (Tylenol) or recently using tranquilizers, alcohol, sedatives, or other narcotic medications. Misuse of narcotic medication like Norco can cause overdose, addiction, or death, especially in a child or someone taking it without a prescription. Do not take Norco if you were taking an MAO inhibitor in the past two weeks. It may lead to a dangerous drug interaction. MAO inhibitors include linezolid, isocarboxazid, rasagiline, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, and selegiline.
Take Norco precisely as per your doctor's recommendation. Consult your medical healthcare provider to know the dosage schedule. Your dosage will depend upon your age, response to the initial phase of treatment, your medical condition, other medication you take, and other medical conditions you have. If you suddenly stop taking Norco, your pain might get worse. Store Norco away from heat and moisture at room temperature. It is a drug of abuse, so be aware of someone misusing it or taking your medication without a prescription.
Norco is available in oral tablet form in the following strengths:
Usual adult dosage (18 years and older and weighing at least 46 kg or 101 pounds) for moderate to severe pain:
In case of overdose, take urgent medical help or call the Poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222. A hydrocodone overdose can be deadly, especially in a child or someone taking it without a prescription. Overdose symptoms may include pinpoint pupils, severe drowsiness, slow or no breathing. Your doctor may recommend you to get naloxone and keep it with you all the time. Anyone can purchase naloxone from a local health department or a pharmacy.
Avoid driving a vehicle or operating anything until you know the effect of Norco on your body. Dizziness or drowsiness (severe) can cause accidental falls or severe injuries. Avoid the consumption of alcohol because it may raise your liver damage risk while taking acetaminophen. Ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking another allergy, pain, cold, or sleep medication. Taking several products together may increase the acetaminophen level in your body, leading to a fatal overdose. Check the medicine label to see if it contains acetaminophen or APAP.
Norco may make you feel dizzy, sleepy, or lightheaded. Avoid driving a vehicle or using heavy machinery until you know how your body will react to this medication. Norco's common side effects may include nausea, constipation, vomiting, feeling dizzy, sleepiness, or drowsiness. Immediately contact your doctor if you have severe side effects. Call 911 if you feel your alarming symptoms are life-threatening or if you think you have a medical emergency. Severe side effects may include:
Norco may interact with other medications, herbs, or vitamins you may be taking. An interaction can change how the medicine works and can be harmful or prevent the drug from working efficiently. Taking the specific medication with Norco increases your risk of tiredness, dizziness, drowsiness, and reduced physical and mental functions. Your doctor may decrease your dosage if any of these occur or persist. Examples of drugs that can cause drowsiness to include: