Treats moderate to severe pain.
Our pharmacists’ bottom line
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.
- 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
- Impairment of mental and physical performance
- Intense emotional discomfort
- Lack of energy
- Mental clouding
- Mood changes
- Psychic dependence
- Skin rash
- Spasm of vesical sphincters
- Ureteral spasm
- Urinary retention
What to expect when you start Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen)Skip what to expect section. Skip to Risks & Warnings section.
- 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)Skip Risks and Warnings section. Skip to Tips section.
- 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.
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- Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
- › Avoid alcohol.
- Just avoid alcohol and becareful not to take anymore then needed.Age: 27Gender: 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: 48Gender: womanTaken for: Pain (moderate to moderately-severe)Duration taken: two years or more
- 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.