Effectiveness of Norco: It’s Dosage & Side Effects

There are a couple of medicines that can interact with norco medicine causing severe medical conditions which is known as a serotonin syndrome. Your doctor must be informed if you are taking any medicines for mental illness, depression, serious infections, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, prevention of vomiting or nausea. Also, ask your physician if you are planning to make any changes in times of consuming it.

How Effective is Norco?

How Effective is Norco?

Norco medicine is made from the combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a narcotic opioid pain medicine while the other combination acetaminophen is mainly to increase the power of hydrocodone and is also an effective pain reliever.

Norco medicine is effectively used to help relieve severe to moderate pain.

Vital Details

Hydrocodone has the abilities to stop or slow your breathing. Norco medicine is not to be used in larger amount than prescribed and when not necessary. Norco medicine can become habit forming even while taking the prescribed dosages. Norco medicine is not to be shared with anymore mainly with people who have had drug addiction or abuse. Norco medicine has to be stored safely where no one else can access it.

The misuse of Norco medicine can cause several severe issues such as death, overdose or addiction mainly in children or others who takes this medicine without a prescription.

In case you have used MAO inhibitor in the past two weeks, do not use Norco medicine. Inhibitors like selegiline, linezolid, rasagiline, methylene blue injection, tranylcypromine, isocarboxazid.

Acetaminophen over dosage can cause death or even damage your liver severely. Get medical assistance if you experience any of these following symptoms loss of appetite, upper stomach pain, nausea, jaundice (yellowing of eyes or skin), clay colored stools, dark urine, itching, etc.

In case you experience skin rashes and redness that spreads across the body causing peeling and blisters, call your doctor immediately.

Prior to Taking Norco

If you have any allergies to hydrocodone or acetaminophen (Tylenol), do not take Norco medicine. Also do not use it if you have recently taken any other narcotic medications, tranquilizers, sedatives, alcohol, etc.

You must tell your doctor if you have any of these following conditions to make Norco medicine safe for you:

  • Kidney disease.
  • Any history of drug addiction or alcoholism.
  • Dehydration or low blood pressure.
  • Liver cirrhosis or liver disease or if you have the habit to drinking more than 3 alcoholic drinks in a day.
  • Severe constipation, bowel obstructions, inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhea.
  • COPD, breathing disorders, sleep apnea, asthma.
  • Any history of brain tumor, head injury or stroke.

If you are taking any sedatives such as klonopin, lorazepam, restoril, Ativan, Xanax, versed, tranxene, alprazolam, diazepam.

There are high chances of Norco medicine causing breathing problems in older people who are malnourished, ill or debilitated.

The usage of Norco medicine during pregnancy will make your child habituated to Norco medicine also cause lie threatening withdrawal symptoms even after birth. These babies who are born with these dependencies will need to undergo few weeks’ treatment. Therefore, inform your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant or pregnant at the time of treatment.

Hydrocodone and acetaminophen will pass through breast milk to the child. Therefore, never breast feed while taking Norco medicine.

What are the Recommended Dosage of Norco?

Treatment for Pain – Regular Adult Dosage


Norco dosage recommended:

Combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone 300 mg – 5 mg: orally take one or two tablets in every 4- 6 hours as needed

Maximum Norco dosage:

Combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone 300 mg – 5 mg: daily 8 tablets

The Norco dosage level of the medicine can be altered depending on the response of the patient and severity of the pain. Only with continued usage, one will be able to use tolerate this medicine.

Approved indication: Norco medicine is used to get relief from severe to moderate pain.

What are the Side Effects of Norco?

If you experience any of these following allergic reactions such as swelling of tongue, face, throat, lips, difficulty in breathing, or hives, call your doctor immediately.

Only in few rare cases acetaminophen have caused severe and fatal skin reactions. There are chances for this to happen if you have taken Norco medicine earlier with no reaction. If you have any skin rash or redness that is spreading in the body causing peeling and blistering, call your doctor immediately. Do not take Norco medicine again in life time if you have had any of these reactions.

Get immediate medical assistance if you experience any of these severe side effects of Norco:

  • Seizure (convulsions)
  • Unusual behavior or thoughts, confusion
  • Feeling light headed like passing out
  • Slow heartbeat or shallow breathing
  • Bleeding or easy bruising
  • Missed menstrual periods, infertility
  • Loss of interest in sex, sexual problems, impotence
  • Low cortisol levels – dizziness, loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, worsening weakness or tiredness
  • Liver problems – dark urine, upper stomach pain, nausea, clay colored stools, itching, jaundice (yellowing of eyes or skin)

If you experience any symptom of serotonin syndrome such as muscle stiffness, agitation, loss of coordination, shivering, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, sweating, fever, hallucinations, twitching, fast heart rate the go to your physician.

Here are the other general side effects of Norco medicine:

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:June 5, 2019

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