Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen)

Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) is a good option to treat pain when over-the-counter medicines haven’t worked, but it can lead to dependence and tolerance if taken for a long time.

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Upsides

  • Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) has two medicines to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. The combination is more effective than either drug alone.
  • Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) is more potent than many over-the-counter options.
  • You can take this with or without food.
  • This medicine also comes as a liquid if you have trouble swallowing.
  • Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) is available as a generic.

Downsides

  • Constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea can commonly occur.
  • Since Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) is a controlled medication, it cannot be refilled or transferred to another pharmacy.
  • Long-term use can cause dependence and tolerance.
  • Too much Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) can damage the liver.
  • Not effective in treating all kinds of pain.
How it works

Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) is a combination pain medicine. Hydrocodone is an opioid that works by blocking pain signals through the brain and spinal cord. Acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol, is a non-opioid that relieves pain by blocking production of certain chemicals in the brain.

Quick facts about Norco
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (hydrocodone / acetaminophen)
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