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What is Norco?
Norco is a combination medication that helps relieve moderate to severe pain. This drug contains hydrocodone, an opioid pain reliever, and acetaminophen, a non-opioid pain reliever. Hydrocodone changes how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen helps in reducing a fever. It also helps in increasing the effects of hydrocodone.
How to use Norco?
Take this drug by mouth as prescribed by your doctor. You can take Norco with or without food. You may need to take this drug with food if you have nausea.
The dosage of this medicine depends on your medical condition and response to treatment. The dosage of this drug in children depends on their weight. You should not increase your dose or take the medication more frequently. Never take this drug for longer than the prescribed duration. Stop the medication properly when so directed.
In case of ongoing pain, your doctor may suggest you also take long-acting opioid medications. In that situation, one should use this medicine for sudden pain only as needed. Your doctor may also prescribe other pain relievers such as ibuprofen, naproxen with this medicine.
Hydrocodone may cause an addiction, even at regular doses. Never share this drug with anyone, especially someone with a history of drug addiction. The misuse of narcotic medicines may cause an addiction, overdose, or death, especially in people who are using this medicine without a prescription. Take this medicine exactly as prescribed to avoid this from happening.
Never stop using this medicine suddenly because it may cause withdrawal. The risk is higher in people using this medicine for a long time or in high doses. Your doctor may lower your amount slowly to prevent withdrawal. The withdrawal symptoms include restlessness, mental or mood changes such as anxiety, trouble sleeping, or thoughts of suicide, runny nose, watering eyes, nausea, diarrhea, sweating, muscle aches, or sudden changes in behavior.
If you use Norco for a long time, it may not work as well. You must tell your doctor if this medicine stops working well.
Before taking surgery or medical tests, tell the doctor that you are using this drug. You may need to stop using the medication for a short time.
This drug is available in pharmacy stores and online. If you want to order Norco online, make sure to buy it from a trusted website. You can easily buy Norco online without a prescription.
You should store this medication at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
What to know before taking Norco?
Do not use Norco if you are allergic to acetaminophen (Tylenol) or hydrocodone. Avoid using this drug if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or other narcotic medications.
Never use this drug if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. Doing so may lead to a dangerous drug interaction. The MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.
An overdose of this drug can damage your liver or cause death. Call your doctor immediately if you have symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, upper stomach pain, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice.
Some drugs can interact with hydrocodone and cause a severe condition known as serotonin syndrome. Make sure to tell your doctor if you also take drugs for the following conditions:
- mental illness
- Parkinson’s disease
- migraine headaches
- serious infections
- prevention of nausea and vomiting
Never use this drug if you have breathing problems such as asthma.
To make sure this drug is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- breathing problems such as sleep apnea
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- a drug or alcohol addiction
- a head injury or seizures
- urination problems
- problems with your thyroid, pancreas, or gallbladder
This drug is more likely to cause breathing problems in older adults and severely ill or malnourished people.
Do not take Norco if you are pregnant. Your baby could become dependent on it, which can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born.
This drug can pass into breast milk, causing harmful effects on a nursing infant. Tell your doctor immediately if your baby develops unusual sleepiness, difficulty feeding, or trouble breathing. Ask your doctor before breastfeeding.
What are the side effects of Norco?
The common side effects of Norco include nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, or drowsiness.
The severe side effects of this drug include sleep apnea, mental or mood changes such as agitation, confusion, hallucinations, stomach or abdominal pain, difficulty urinating.
The severe side effects of this drug include fainting, seizure, slow or shallow breathing, extreme drowsiness, or difficulty waking up.
Acetaminophen may cause a severe skin reaction in rare cases, which can be fatal. The skin reaction could occur even if you have taken this drug in the past and had no reaction. You should stop taking this drug and call your doctor immediately if you have skin redness or a rash. Never take any medicine again that contains acetaminophen if you have this type of reaction.
Some severe side effects of this medicine include:
- feeling of lightheadedness
- easy bruising or bleeding
- breathing problems such as shallow breathing, breathing that stops during sleep
- confusion, unusual thoughts, or behavior
- sexual problems, loss of interest in sex
- liver problems which include nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice
- low cortisol levels, which include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness, or weakness
- high serotonin levels in the body
What to avoid while using Norco?
You must tell your doctor if you also use medicines such as antibiotics or antifungals, heart or blood pressure medicines, seizure medicines, or medicine to treat HIV or hepatitis C.
Norco can interact with many other medicines and cause dangerous side effects or death. Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you also use:
- medicines for cold or allergy, bronchodilator asthma/COPD medication, or a diuretic
- other narcotic medicines such as opioid pain medicine or prescription cough medicine
- medications for overactive bladder, irritable bowel syndrome, or motion sickness
- a sedative like Valium – diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, Xanax, Klonopin, etc
- sleeping pills, muscle relaxer, medicines to treat mental illness or mood disorders
- drugs that can affect serotonin levels in your body. It includes a stimulant or medication for depression, serious infections Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, or nausea and vomiting