- that what I am providing is NOT meant in any way to replace the conversation between you, your doctor, or your pharmacist
- please do not self-diagnose or make medical decisions about this drug without talking with qualified professionals
- the information provided here is the reference sheet you would find at WebMD. During my journey I found this site to be helpful in providing support. All credit for this information belongs to them. I copied it right from their website and I have removed the hyper-links. Please visit their site if you would like to read further.
For this installment, I have chosen Norco GENERIC NAME(S): HYDROCODONE BITARTRATE/ACETAMINOPHEN
Uses: This combination medication is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It contains a narcotic pain reliever (hydrocodone) and a non-narcotic pain reliever (acetaminophen). Hydrocodone works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen can also reduce a fever.
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GENERIC NAME(S): HYDROCODONE BITARTRATE/ACETAMINOPHEN
This combination medication is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It contains a narcotic pain reliever (hydrocodone) and a non-narcotic pain reliever (acetaminophen). Hydrocodone works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen can also reduce a fever.
How to use Norco See also Warning section.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking this medication and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor. You may take this drug with or without food. If you have nausea, it may help to take this drug with food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to decrease nausea (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as little head movement as possible).
If you are using a liquid form of this medication, use a medication measuring device to carefully measure the prescribed dose. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, the dosage is also based on weight. Do not increase your dose, take the medication more frequently, or take it for a longer time than prescribed. Properly stop the medication when so directed.
Pain medications work best if they are used as the first signs of pain occur. If you wait until the pain has worsened, the medication may not work as well.
If you have ongoing pain (such as due to cancer), your doctor may direct you to also take long-acting narcotic medications. In that case, this medication might be used for sudden (breakthrough) pain only as needed. Other non-narcotic pain relievers (such as naproxen, ibuprofen) may also be prescribed with this medication. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about using this product safely with other drugs.
This medication may cause withdrawal reactions, especially if it has been used regularly for a long time or in high doses. In such cases, withdrawal symptoms (such as restlessness, watering eyes, runny nose, nausea, sweating, muscle aches) may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication. To prevent withdrawal reactions, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and report any withdrawal reactions immediately.
When this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.
Along with its benefits, this medication may rarely cause abnormal drug-seeking behavior (addiction). This risk may be increased if you have abused alcohol or drugs in the past. Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lessen the risk of addiction.
Tell your doctor if your pain persists or worsens.
Side Effects See also Warning section.
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 immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes, severe stomach/abdominal pain, difficulty urinating.
Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: fainting, seizure, slow/shallow breathing, unusual drowsiness/difficulty waking up.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention 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.
In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
NORCO Side Effects List Norco side effects by likelihood and severity.
The following side effects are associated with Norco:
Common side effects of Norco:
· Abnormally Low Blood Pressure Less Severe
· Dizzy Less Severe
· Drowsiness Less Severe
· Feel Like Throwing Up Less Severe
· Feeling Faint Less Severe
· Feeling Weak Less Severe
· Incomplete or Infrequent Bowel Movements Less Severe
· Inducing of a Relaxed Easy State Less Severe
· Not Feeling Well Less Severe
Infrequent side effects of Norco:
· A Spasm of the Larynx Severe
· Abnormal Nervous System Function Affecting Mental Alertness Severe
· Bronchospasm Severe
· Change in Pulse Severe
· Collapsed Portion of Lung Severe
· Confused Severe
· Fast Heartbeat Severe
· Significant Decrease in Lung Function Severe
· Slow Heartbeat Severe
· Trouble Breathing Severe
· Acute Infection of the Nose, Throat or SinusLess Severe
· Anxious Less Severe
· Backache Less Severe
· Blood Pressure Drop Upon Standing Less Severe
· Blurred Vision Less Severe
· Condition in which Stomach Acid is Pushed Into the Esophagus Less Severe
· Double Vision Less Severe
· Dry Mouth Less Severe
· Excessive Sweating Less Severe
· False Sense of Well-Being Less Severe
· Feeling Unhappy or Unwell Less Severe
· Fluid Retention in the Legs, Feet, Arms or Hands Less Severe
· Head Pain Less Severe
· Intense Abdominal Pain Less Severe
· Involuntary Quivering Less Severe
· Joint Pain Less Severe
· Kidney Problems Causing a Decreased Amount of Urine to be Passed Less Severe
· Loss of Appetite Less Severe
· Low Energy Less Severe
· Mood Changes Less Severe
· Muscle Pain Less Severe
· Muscle Spasm Less Severe
· Narcotic Addiction Less Severe
· Nervous Less Severe
· Night Sweats Less Severe
· Problems with Eyesight Less Severe
· Sluggishness Less Severe
· Spasm of the Ureter or Tube Connecting Kidney to Bladder Less Severe
· Temporary Redness of Face and Neck Less Severe
· Throwing Up Less Severe
· Urinary Tract Infection Less Severe
Rare side effects of Norco:
· Acute Liver Failure Severe
· Acute Pustular Eruptions on Skin Severe
· Decreased Blood Platelets Severe
· Decreased Neutrophils a Type of White Blood Cell Severe
· Decreased White Blood Cells Severe
· Deficiency of Granulocytes a Type of White Blood Cell Severe
· Depression Severe
· Discolored Spots and Small Elevations of the Skin Severe
· Giant Hives Severe
· Hallucination Severe
· Hearing Problem Severe
· Hepatitis caused by Drugs Severe
· High Blood Pressure Severe
· Increased Spinal Fluid Pressure Severe
· Inflammation of Skin caused by an Allergy Severe
· Involuntary Muscle Movements Severe
· Itching Severe
· Muscle Stiffness Severe
· Reaction due to an Allergy Severe
· Ringing in the Ears Severe
· Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Severe
· Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Severe
· Vocal Cord Swelling Severe
· Chronic Trouble Sleeping Less Severe
· Hives Less Severe
· Irritation of the Stomach or Intestines Less Severe
· Nightmares Less Severe
· Rash Less Severe
· Redness of Skin Less Severe
· Spasm of a Bile Duct Tract Less Severe
Precautions See also Warning section.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other narcotics (such as hydromorphone, morphine, codeine); 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 doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: brain disorders (such as head injury, tumor, seizures), breathing problems (such as asthma, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), kidney disease, liver disease, mental/mood disorders (such as confusion, depression), personal or family history of regular use/abuse of drugs/alcohol, stomach/intestinal problems (such as blockage, constipation, diarrhea due to infection, paralytic ileus), difficulty urinating (such as due to enlarged prostate), gallbladder disease, disease of the pancreas (pancreatitis).
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/avoid these substances in your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, and slow/shallow breathing.
Before using this medication, women of childbearing age should talk with their doctor(s) about the risks and benefits. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant. During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It may slightly increase the risk of birth defects if used during the first two months of pregnancy. Also, using it for a long time or in high doses near the expected delivery date may harm the unborn baby. To lessen the risk, take the smallest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Tell the doctor right away if you notice any symptoms in your newborn baby such as slow/shallow breathing, irritability, abnormal/persistent crying, vomiting, or diarrhea.
This medication passes into breast milk and may rarely have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Tell the doctor immediately if your baby develops unusual sleepiness, difficulty feeding, or trouble breathing. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Interactions See also Warning section.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: certain pain medications (mixed narcotic agonist/antagonists such as pentazocine, nalbuphine, butorphanol), ketoconazole, narcotic antagonists (such as naltrexone).
The risk of serious side effects (such as slow/shallow breathing, severe drowsiness/dizziness) may be increased if this medication is taken with other products that may also affect breathing or cause drowsiness. Therefore, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products such as alcohol, antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants (such as carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine), and other narcotic pain relievers (such as codeine, hydromorphone).
Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.
This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including amylase/lipase levels), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: slow/shallow breathing, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, sweating, stomach/abdominal pain, extreme tiredness, slow heartbeat, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, loss of consciousness.
Do not share this medication with others. It is against the law.
This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another condition unless your doctor directs you to do so. A different medication may be necessary in that case.
If you are taking this product on a regular schedule and miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Different brands of this medication have different storage needs. Check the product package for instructions on how to store your brand, or ask your pharmacist. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Information last revised June 2014. Copyright(c) 2014 First Databank, Inc.