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What is Narco
Norco contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen combination in which hydrocodone is an opioid 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 pain to moderately severe pain.
Norco may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Hydrocodone can stop your breathing or may create problems in breathing. Never use this medicine in large amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Opioid pain medicine can form a habit due to the regular doses.
Drug-addicted people don’t give them Norco.
Misuse of this medicine causes Addiction, overdose, or maybe death, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without guidance or prescription.
What to know before taking Norco
Do not use Norco if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the previous 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur.
You must not use Norco if you have an allergy to acetaminophen or hydrocodone or if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or other narcotic medications.
Some medicines can interact with hydrocodone and cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome. Confirm before taking this medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson’s diseases, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. Ask your doctor before making any changes in how or when you take your medications.
If you have these :
- Severe asthma or breathing problems, or
- A blockage in your stomach or intestines.
Then you should not take Norco.
Confirm that Norco is safe for you if you have before ever these then do not take Norco:
- Breathing problems, sleep apnea,
- Kidney diseases,
- A head injury or seizures,
- Urination problems, or
- A drug or alcohol addiction,
- Liver disease
Norco can cause breathing problems in adults and people who are severely ill or otherwise debilitated.
If you are taking this medicine during pregnancy then your baby could depend on the drug. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks.
How to take Norco
Take this medicine exactly prescribed on labels. Never take this medicine in large amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Overdose can destroy your liver and it can cause you death.
If you need surgery or medical tests, consult the doctor ahead of time that you are using this medicine. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Don’t take this medicine all of sudden after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Before stopping this medicine ask your doctor how to safely stop using Norco. Use each new bottle to keep the amount of hydrocodone.
Hydrocodone is a drug you must be aware of if anyone is using your medicine without a prescription.
Acetaminophen-hydrocodone 300 mg-5: 1 to tablets orally every 4 to 6 hours as needed
Acetaminophen-hydrocodone 300 mg-5: 8 tablets daily
Dosage should be adjusted according to the severity of the pain and to respond to the patient. Tolerance of the hydrocodone can be developed with continued use and the incidence of side effects is dose-related.
Hydrocodone overdose can be fatal, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.
The following symptoms if the overdose occurs:
- Severe drowsiness,
- Pinpoint pupils,
- Slow breathing, or no breathing
After an overdose, the doctor advised you to take naloxone and keep it with you at all times.
A person caring for you can give you naloxone if you stop breathing or don’t wake up. Your caregiver must still get emergency medical help and may need to perform CPR(cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on you while waiting for help to arrive.
What to avoid while using Norco
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, allergy, pain, or sleep medication. Avoid driving or do not use any type of machinery after the medicine work because dizziness or severe drowsiness can cause falls or other accidents.
Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much acetaminophen which can lead to a fatal overdose.
Most importantly, avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage while taking acetaminophen.
Norco Side Effects
Opioids can stop your breathing and because of it, your death may occur. A person caring for you should give naloxone or seek emergency medical attention if you have slow breathing with long pauses, blue-colored lips, or if you are hard to wake up.
In rare cases, acetaminophen may cause a severe skin reaction that can be fatal after this stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.
Consult your doctor if you have:
- Confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior,
- Noisy breathing, sighing, shallow breathing, breathing that stops during sleep,
- A light-headed feeling, like you, might pass out,
- Infertility missed menstrual periods,
- Impotence, sexual problems, loss of interest in sex,
- Liver problems
- Low cortisol levels,
- High level of serotonin in the body
Common Norco side effects like:
- Drowsiness, headache,
- Upset stomach, constipation,
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision, or
What drugs can interact with Norco
Norco drugs can interact with many other drugs and cause dangerous side effects or death. Be sure your doctor knows if you also :
- Cold allergy medicine medicines, bronchodilator asthma, or a diuretic
- Medicines for motion sickness, irritable bowel syndrome, or overactive bladder,
- A sedative like Valium
- Drugs that make you sleepy or can slow your breathing
- Drugs that affect serotonin levels in your body.