Norco is a brand name for the combination prescription drug acetaminophen/hydrocodone. It’s used to treat moderate to severe pain.
Hydrocodone is a narcotic, while acetaminophen is a mild painkiller. Combined, they belong to a class of drugs called opioid analgesics, which work by blocking certain nerve cell receptors in the brain. This product is not recommended for use in children younger than 6 years due to an increased risk of serious side effects (such as slow/shallow breathing).
Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully. Norco comes in strengths of 7.5/325mg and 10/325mg only.
The dosage for acetaminophen/hydrocodone, regardless of the strength, is usually one tablet at four- to six-hour intervals, or as needed for pain. You should not take more than six tablets in one day.
If the drug doesn’t seem to be working or has stopped working, talk to your doctor. Do not increase the dosage.
Norco should be prescribed cautiously to older people, as it is more likely to cause breathing problems in that population. Older people are also more apt to develop liver and kidney problems as a result of taking acetaminophen/hydrocodone.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it; or to other opioids; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your pharmacist your medical history, especially of: brain disorders (such as head injury, tumor, seizures), breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), kidney disease, liver disease, mental disorders, personal or family history of a substance abuse, intestinal problems (such as constipation, diarrhea due to infection), difficulty urinating (such as due to enlarged prostate), gallbladder disease, disease of the pancreas.
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Liquid products may contain sugar and alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence, liver disease, or any other condition that requires you to limit these substances in your diet. Ask your doctor about using this product safely.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially slow breathing. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, and slow breathing.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It may harm an unborn baby. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This medication passes into breast milk and may rarely have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Tell the doctor right away if your baby develops unusual sleepiness, difficulty feeding, or trouble breathing. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur. Some of these side effects may decrease after you have been using this medication for a while. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. To prevent constipation, eat a diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise.
Consult your pharmacist for help in selecting a laxative (such as a stimulant type with stool softener). To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: mental/mood changes (such as agitation, confusion, hallucinations), stomach/abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, signs of your adrenal glands not working well (such as loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, weight loss). Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: fainting, seizure, slow/shallow breathing, severe drowsiness/difficulty waking up. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist
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