Norco

(Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen)

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Treats moderate to severe pain.

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Our 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.

Quick facts about Norco
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (hydrocodone / acetaminophen)
Prices and discounts
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Upsides

  • 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.
People’s experience with Norco

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Downsides

  • 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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$14.70
How it works

Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen) is a combination pain medicine. Hydrocodone is an opioid (similar to morphine) that works in the brain to lower pain perception. Acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever and fever reducer.

Quick facts about Norco
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (hydrocodone / acetaminophen)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Oral solution
People’s experience with Norco

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

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Side effect rates for Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen)

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

Common concerns from people taking Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen)

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  • Yes thank you for asking...I have to say I have worked all my life &can't get help with medicine I need.BUT the homeless do all the time's along with other 3rd world country's who invade usa..but they refuse to service me norco's. And they are the only cure for me..as far as pain meds..street people get them and I can't. can you explain this to me.. Why I can't get them and the homeless street gangs can..??? Thx
Alcohol
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Just avoid alcohol and becareful not to take anymore then needed.
Food
  • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
Kidneys and liver
  • 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).
  • Don't take more than instructed to prevent liver damage.
Pain
  • 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.
  • Talk to your doctor if it doesn't work well enough to relieve your pain, or if the side effects are really bad.
  • 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.
  • Worked well for me, l have tried many pain medicines and not had any adverse reactions to Norco
  • Severe nerve pain in leg, 1 tablet in the morning allows me to start my day and keep moving.
  • Use with real pain, not an ake
Sleep
  • Can help you fall asleep easier.
  • Dizziness and drowsiness is common.