Norco

(hydrocodone / acetaminophen)

3.7/ 5 average rating with 1194 reviewsforNorco
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Treats moderate to moderately severe pain.

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Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) is a good option to treat pain when over-the-counter medicines haven't worked, but it can lead to dependence and tolerance if taken for a long time.

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

Upsides

  • Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) has two medicines to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. The combination is more effective than either drug alone.
  • Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) is more potent than many over-the-counter options.
  • You can take this with or without food.
  • This medicine also comes as a liquid if you have trouble swallowing.
  • Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) is available as a generic.
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People’s experience with Norco

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Downsides

  • Constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea can commonly occur.
  • Since Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) is a controlled medication, it cannot be refilled or transferred to another pharmacy.
  • Long-term use can cause dependence and tolerance.
  • Too much Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) can damage the liver.
  • Not effective in treating all kinds of pain.
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How it works

Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) is a combination pain medicine. Hydrocodone is an opioid that works by blocking pain signals through the brain and spinal cord. Acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol, is a non-opioid that relieves pain by blocking production of certain chemicals in the brain.

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

Used for

  • Moderate to severe pain

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
People’s experience with Norco

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What to expect when you take Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) for Pain

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Constipation
  • Drug dependence
  • Rash
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Risks and Warnings for Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Current liver disease
    • Taking Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines containing acetaminophen

    Acetaminophen in Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) can cause serious damage to your liver, and in some cases have resulted in death. More than 4000 mg of acetaminophen daily can cause liver damage - do not take more than 12 tablets of Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) in a single day. Acetaminophen is also found in many over-the-counter and prescription products. Talk to your doctor or local pharmacist to make sure you're not taking too much.

    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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Common concerns from people taking Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen)

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  • Acetaminophen, one of the components of Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen), is found in many over-the-counter and prescription products. Do not combine Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) with other medicines containing acetaminophen, to prevent liver damage. If you are unsure, talk to your doctor or local pharmacist to make sure you're not taking too much.
  • Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) is more potent than many over-the-counter options.
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Norcoon 8/10/2017Yes 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
    55
    Man
    Two years or more
    Pain (moderate to moderately-severe)
Alcohol
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen).
Food
  • You can take this with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
  • Acetaminophen in Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) can cause serious damage to your liver, and in some cases have resulted in death. More than 4000 mg of acetaminophen daily can cause liver damage - do not take more than 12 tablets of Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) in a single day. Acetaminophen is also found in many over-the-counter and prescription products. Talk to your doctor or local pharmacist to make sure you're not taking too much.
  • Too much Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) can damage the liver.
Pain
  • Not effective in treating all kinds of pain.
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Norcoon 2/10/2018take as directed on regular schedule, not "as needed" - dr. says to stay ahead of the pain. Chronic low back pain due to injury 2001.
    75
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Would rather not say
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Norcoon 8/4/2017Not for long-term pain because of side effects of irritability and depression (with some). Can see why becomes addictive with some personalities. Short-term is great for acute pain relief. Would recommend another pain reliever (Tramadol, e.g.) for chronic pain and use of Norco for severe flair-ups. Even half capsule is effective.
    61
    Woman
    Just as needed
    Pain (moderate to moderately-severe)
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Norcoon 8/2/2017Use with real pain, not an ake
    79
    Man
    Just as needed
    Pain (moderate to moderately-severe)
Sleep
  • Constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea can commonly occur.