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What is Norco?
Norco is a pain reliever to treat common to severe pain. Norco is the combination of an opioid (hydrocodone) and a non-opioid (acetaminophen). Hydrocodone is the narcotic pain medication. Acetaminophen is the less efficient pain reliever to enhance the effects of opioid (hydrocodone).
Hydrocodone acts on the brain to lessen the pain. Acetaminophen is used to reduce fever.
How Should I Take Norco?
Before using Norco, read all the medication guidelines carefully. Read the doctor’s prescription or the pharmacist’s information before taking Norco. Take Norco by mouth or as prescribed by the doctor. Take it empty or full stomach. If you have nausea, you can take it with food.
Consult the doctor before taking Norco about other issues, addictions, and the medications you have. Be careful while taking the prescribed dosage of the medication. Be very particular about the amount of medicine you are taking.
Suddenly stopping the medication can cause some withdrawal symptoms. Gradually lessen the dosage of the drug when you need to stop. Consult your doctor if withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, sweating, change in behavior, or muscle pain occur.
Norco Dosing Information:
For the relief of common to more severe pain
- Consume 1-2 tablets for 6-4 times a day.
- You can take a maximum of 8 tablets per day.
What Happens If I Miss A Dose?
There is no such schedule for taking the medication. You can make it as needed. If a dose is missed, take as early as you remember, but if it’s the time for the next dose, do not take two doses at the same time.
What Happens If I Overdose?
If you overdose narco, seek immediate medical attention. Overdose of hydrocodone can be life-taking. The overdose of acetaminophen can cause severe damage to your liver. The signs of overdose can be:
- stomach ache
- loss of appetite
- slow heart rate
- shallow breathing
What Should I Avoid While Taking Norco?
Norco could have substantial effects on your thinking and reasoning capabilities. It can cause drowsiness so avoid driving or any other mechanical activity after taking Norco.
Restrain the patient from taking alcohol while having the medication as it can cause severe liver damage due to the presence of acetaminophen. If you are taking any other pain, allergy, or sleeping medication, consult your doctor first before taking Norco.
Norco Side Effects:
Common side effects of the Norco includes:
- Shallow breathing
- Menstrual problems
- Sexual problems
- Liver problems
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
Some of the above mentioned side effects of the Norco are decreased as you start taking it continuously. Need to Consult the doctor if the symptoms persist even after a long time.
Exercise, drink lots of water, and eat dietary fibers to prevent constipation. To avoid dizziness, slowly rise from after a long period of sitting or lying.
What Other Drugs Will Affect Norco?
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all the other drugs you take before taking the medication. You may have some severe problems if you take Norco with several other medications such as:
- Medicines for depression, migraine, or headache.
- Allergy medicines.
- Other opioid medications.
- State sedative like valium.
- Asthma or diuretic medications.
- Medication for wooziness
- sleeping pills.
- Medicines for a mental disorder.
Take the minimum dose with the best effect for the patient. Try not to take it for a long duration as it can cause addiction and even can be fatal.
The dosage should be adjusted according to the personal needs of every patient. The dosage is scheduled, taking into account the pain’s severity, response, and allergies of the patient and the risk of addiction and abuse.
Take the initial dosage as below or as directed by the doctor.
- Norco 5/325mg- Take 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours. Do not take more than eight pills a day.
- Norco 7.5/325mg- Take one tablet every 6 hours. Do not exceed the usage of more than six pills a day.
- Norco 10/325mg- Take four tablets a day, Maximum of 6 tablets per day.
The opioid (hydrocodone) used in Norco can adversely affect the breathing. It can be addictive, so do not overdose Norco and never take it for any longer than it is prescribed. Do not share Norco with any other person, especially if the person was a drug addict in the past.
Do not take the medication without a prescription. If you see any side effects of Norco, immediately consult your doctor. Before taking Norco Pills tell your doctor if you have allergies to opioids (Benzhydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Morphine, Codeine) or any other allergies.
Consult your pharmacist or doctor if you have any following problems:
- Head injury
- Brain tumor
- Breathing issues
- kidney disorders
- liver disease
- Addiction to alcohol or drugs
- Gallbladder disease
- Pancreatic disease
Avoid taking alcohol or marijuana while taking Norco. It can make you very sleepy and inactive, causing your thinking and reasoning capabilities to go down. Children below 16 years of age can have an adverse effect of the medication (shallow or slow breathing).
Adults may suffer the side effects of drowsiness, breathing problems, and dizziness. The breastfeeding mother and pregnant ladies should take this medication only when prescribed by a doctor after knowing their condition.