Norco

Generic Name: Hydrocodone

  • What is Norco?

    Norco is a combination of acetaminophen and the opioid pain medication hydrocodone bitartrate. Norco is used for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Norco?

    Norco may be habit-forming and lead to dependence. Take this drug only for as long as it is prescribed, in the amounts prescribed, and no more frequently than your doctor has instructed.

    Use caution when performing potentially hazardous tasks such as driving a car or operating machinery. Norco may impair your judgment and affect motor skills. This effect may be enhanced if you are taking other medications with similar effects.

    Norco can cause life-threatening breathing problems that can lead to death. This is more likely to occur in someone who is sensitive to opioids or is taking high doses. Head injury can exaggerate breathing problems. Take Norco exactly as prescribed by your doctor; do not alter your dose.

    Norco may cause difficulties in the diagnosis and treatment of abdominal conditions.

  • Who should not take Norco?

    Do not take Norco if you are allergic or sensitive to any of its ingredients. Norco has not been studied in children.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Norco?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Norco. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have ever had liver or kidney problems, head injury, hypothyroidism, adrenal gland problems (e.g., Addison's disease), enlarged prostate, problems urinating due to narrowing of the urethra, lung disease, or a history of alcoholism or drug abuse.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dose for the Norco tablet containing 5 milligrams (mg) hydrocodone/325 mg acetaminophen is one or two tablets every 4-6 hours as needed for pain. Do not exceed 8 tablets per day for Norco 5 mg/325 mg. The usual dose for Norco 7.5 mg/325 mg and Norco 10 mg/325 mg is one tablet every 4-6 hours as needed for pain. Do not exceed 6 tablets per day for Norco 7.5 mg/325 mg and Norco 10 mg/325 mg.

  • How should I take Norco?

    Take Norco exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not adjust the dose, frequency, or use Norco for longer than recommended by your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Norco?

    Avoid drinking alcohol or taking any other medications that can impair your physical and mental awareness. Use caution when performing potentially hazardous tasks such as driving a car or operating machinery.

    Avoid taking any other medications that contain acetaminophen without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Norco?

    If Norco is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Norco with the following: alcohol, antihistamines, antipsychotics, antianxiety agents, central nervous system depressants, monoamine oxidase inihibitors, narcotics, or tricyclic antidepressants.

  • What are the possible side effects of Norco?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, vomiting, constipation

  • Can I receive Norco if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Norco during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Acetaminophen is excreted in breast milk in small amounts, and it is not known whether hydrocodone is excreted in breast milk. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Norco?

    If you miss a dose of Norco, take the missed dose as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once. If you are unsure, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

  • How should I store Norco?

    Store at room temperature.

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