What is Norco?
Norco contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone. Norco is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.
Norco may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Hydrocodone can slow or stop your breathing. Never use Norco in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed.
Narcotic pain medicine may be habit-forming, even at regular doses. Never share Norco with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
How should I take Norco?
Dosage should be adjusted according to the severity of the pain and the response of the patient. However, it should be kept in mind that tolerance to hydrocodone can develop with continued use and that the incidence of untoward effects is dose-related.
NORCO 7.5/325 and NORCO 10/325 – The usual adult dosage is one tablet every four to six hours as needed for pain. The total daily dose should not exceed 6 tablets.
How does it work?
Norco is a brand name for a combination acetaminophen/hydrocodone tablet. Acetaminophen and hydrocodone are two different pain-relieving medicines with two different mechanisms of action.
Experts aren’t sure exactly how acetaminophen works but suspect it blocks a specific type of cyclo-oxygenase (COX) enzyme, located mainly in the brain. Hydrocodone binds to specific receptors known as opioid receptors that block pain signals on their way to the brain.
Norco Side Effects?
As well as its needed effects, acetaminophen/hydrocodone may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention. If any of the following side effects occur while taking acetaminophen/hydrocodone, check with your doctor immediately: More common 1-Dizziness 2-lightheadedness 3-Incidence not known 4-Back, leg, or stomach pains 5-black, tarry stools 6-bleeding gums 7-blood in the urine or stools 8-blood in vomit 9-bluish lips or skin 10-chills.