Norco consists of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. This combination of medicine helps relieve moderate to moderately severe pain.
Norco is an opioid prescription medication under the category of controlled substance made up of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone. The mixture of these medicines comes in both oral tablet and oral solution form. The oral tablet is available with the brand name Norco. It consists of Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen.
Hydrocodone works by linking to the mu-opioid receptor. The working of acetaminophen is still not transparent, but it may involve blocking or causing hurdles in creating prostaglandins. Doctors may recommend it following an injury or a major surgery or treat other types of severe pain like cancer or arthritis. Hydrocodone comes with various warnings due to its high potential for abuse and addiction.
There are several precautionary measures that you should take before taking Norco. These include:
avoid taking Norco if you are allergic to hydrocodone and acetaminophen
do not take Norco if you have recently used sedatives, alcohol, other narcotic medicines, or tranquilizers
stay away from using Norco if you have taken MAO inhibitors in the past 14 days
taking Norco with certain other drugs can cause serotonin syndrome
You should avoid using Norco if you have breathing problems, severe asthma, or a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
Norco may not be safe for you if you have ever had conditions such as:
a drug or alcohol addiction
breathing problems, sleep apnea, or breathing stops during sleep
a head injury or seizures
problems with your thyroid, pancreas, or gallbladder
If you are pregnant, you should stay away from Norco because your baby could become dependent on the medicine. Withdrawal symptoms may occur in the baby after birth.