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(Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen)

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  • Oral solution
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Treats moderate to severe pain.

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Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen) is a good option to treat pain as needed when over-the-counter medicines can't control the symptoms, but must make sure you don't take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) to avoid liver problems or death.

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  • Combination pain medicine with an opiod component (hydrocodone) and non-opioid component (acetaminophen or Tylenol) that takes advantage of different modes of pain relieve in a single pill.
  • Provides quick relief for moderate to severe pain to improve quality of life.
  • Good for as-needed, short-term use, but may be helpful to manage more long-term pain problems if used at the appropriate doses and intervals.
  • Generally well tolerated by people, especially if taken with food to lower risk of stomach upset.
  • Lower rates of misuse compared to pure opioid medicines.
  • Can help you fall asleep easier.
  • Dizziness and drowsiness is common.
  • Everyone will get constipation - always stay hydrated and take stool softener or stimulant on days you're taking Norco if you need.
  • All opioid containing medicines have the risk of physical dependence and possibility of withdrawal when used long-term.
  • The non-opioid part of Norco, acetaminophen (Tylenol), has a high risk of liver failure and death if you take more than the maximum daily dose. Be very careful.
  • Relies on the users to be aware of how much acetaminophen (Tylenol) they are using since it is a very common ingredient in many prescription and non-prescription pain medicines.
  • Avoid alcohol.

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Side effects for Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen)

Manufacturers don’t say how common these side effects are

  • Abnormally slow breathing
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Fear
  • Impairment of mental and physical performance
  • Intense emotional discomfort
  • Itching
  • Lack of energy
  • Lightheadedness
  • Mental clouding
  • Mood changes
  • Nausea
  • Psychic dependence
  • Sdedation
  • Skin rash
  • Spasm of vesical sphincters
  • Ureteral spasm
  • Urinary retention
  • Vomiting

What to expect when you take Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen) for Pain

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • This is a combination pain medication. It contains both an opioid medicine and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Works best if you take it as soon as you start feeling pain. Starts working in 30 minutes and pain relief lasts 4 to 6 hours.
  • Can make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid activities need you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
  • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
  • Constipation is common and may not go away while you're taking this medicine. Drinking lots of water and using laxatives can help.
  • Don't take more than instructed to prevent liver damage.
  • Use it for the shortest time and at the lowest dose possible, to lower your chance of becoming addicted.
  • Talk to your doctor if it doesn't work well enough to relieve your pain, or if the side effects are really bad.

Risks and Warnings for Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Current liver disease
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines with acetaminophen

    The acetaminophen component in Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen) can hurt your liver. Using more than 4000 mg of the acetaminophen (or 12 tablets of Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen) can cause serious harm to your liver. You may develop life-threatening liver problems that need a liver transplant. Don't take more than your doctor prescribes, and avoid other medicines that have acetaminophen when using Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen).

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen)

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The FDA category for this medication is C. It is advised that you: Weigh risks vs. benefits
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Just avoid alcohol and becareful not to take anymore then needed.
    Age: 27
    Gender: Man
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Generally well tolerated by people, especially if taken with food to lower risk of stomach upset.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
  • Taking with food eases dizziness.
    Age: 48
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Pain (moderate to moderately-severe)
    Duration taken: Two years or more
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Dizziness and drowsiness is common.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Can make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid activities need you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Hydrocodone, one of the medications in Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen) passes into breast milk. Women with a history of long-term opioid use increase the risk of neonatal withdrawal syndrome. Symptoms in the newborn include irritability, vomiting, diarrhea, tremor and lack of weight gain. Opioid withdrawal in infants is a life-threatening emergency and needs medical help right away.