Norco comprises of a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a pain medication and is basically an opioid. An opioid is also called as narcotic. Acetaminophen is a less effective pain reliever that enhances the efficacy of hydrocodone. Norco is helpful in treating moderate to extremely severe pain.
Hydrocodone can stop or slow your breathing. Do not use Norco in excess or for a prolonged period than recommended. Narcotic medicines for pain can also be habit forming even when you take regular doses of the medication. Do not share Norco with any other person, especially those having a history of drug addiction or abuse. Store the medicine in a place where other cannot access it.
Avoid using Norco if you had taken MAO inhibitor in last 14 days like linezolid, isocarboxazid, rasagiline, tranylcypromine, phenelzine, methylene blue (injection).
Taking Norco in large amounts can be dangerous. An overdose of the medication Acetaminophen can cause damage to the liver and even result in death. Call your physician if you experience dark urine, nausea, appetite loss, pain in stomach especially upper stomach, jaundice or itching.
Stop taking Norco and seek emergency medical help in case you have skin rash or skin redness that spreads and results in peeling or blistering.
Avoid using Norco if you are allergic to hydrocodone or Acetaminophen, if you have used sedatives, alcohol, tranquilizers or any other narcotic drugs recently.
To ensure if Norco is safe for you, discuss with your doctor if you have
- cirrhosis, liver disease or if you consume 3 or more alcohol based beverages per day
- inflammatory bowel problem, severe constipation, bowel obstruction or diarrhoea
- history of drug addiction or alcoholism
- kidney disease
- if you are dehydrated or suffering from low BP
- history of stroke, brain tumour or head injury
- breathing disorders, asthma, COPD or sleep apnea
Norco causes breathing problems especially in elderly people and people who are malnourished, debilitated or severely sick.
Do not stop using Norco suddenly if you have been using it for quite a long time as it can lead to unwanted withdrawal symptoms. Speak to your doctor to know how to stop the medication safely. Keep Norco away from heat and moisture at a room temperature. Keep a check on the amount of medication used each time you use a new bottle.
Is Norco addictive?
Norco is a medication available with prescription only and is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Norco is an addictive medication as taking Norco in large amounts or recreational purpose can lead to drug addiction. It can be a habit forming drug even if you are taking it as prescribed by your doctor so one should keep a check on signs on drug dependency in case of Norco. Some people take Norco in high doses to get the high and thus they become dependent on this drug. The symptoms of drug dependency can be quite serious.