Norco contains hydrocodone, an opioid pain medication. Because of its dangerous side effects, you should use it only as prescribed and you should never share this medication, especially if you know the person has problems with addiction.
Norco should also not be used if you have taken a MAO inhibitor within the past 14 days. Medications classed as MAO inhibitors include linezolid, rasagiline, methylene blue (injectable), and tranylcypromine.
Any narcotic medication can be habit-forming, even if you don’t abuse it. This is why you should only take it for the pain condition for which it was prescribed, such as after surgery or for an injury, and get rid of any excess medication when you are done using it.
What is Norco?
Norco is a combination medication containing both hydrocodone and acetaminophen, this is a mild pain reliever along with the stronger opioid. When it is taken as prescribed, you should experience few long-lasting side effects. Norco is prescribed to relieve pain that is moderately severe.
Acetaminophen is known to cause liver damage if it is taken in larger doses than recommended or if taken every day for an extended period of time. If you experience upper-abdominal pain, dark urine, itchy skin, lessened appetite, nausea, stools that are clay-colored or a yellowing of your eyes or skin, you should call you doctor immediately, as these can indicate you have already experienced damage to your liver.
If you become dependent on Norco, you may experience physical and psychological symptoms of dependence. Once this happens, if you stop taking it, you’ll also experience physical withdrawal symptoms.
Common Side Effects of Norco
Because Norco is a narcotic, you are likely to feel sedative effects.
Other side effects include:
This list isn’t complete. Ask your doctor about any other side effects of Norco.
These side effects are less common and may be a cause for concern:
If you have the following symptoms, you are experiencing serotonin syndrome, which requires immediate medical attention:
Interactions of Alcohol and Norco
Mixing alcohol and Norco is dangerous.
Because Norco contains acetaminophen, you run a high risk of developing liver damage by misusing Norco or taking other medications with acetaminophen or other drugs which are filtered by the liver, including alcohol, at the same time. Additionally, the hydrocodone in Norco presents a high risk of abuse for those who take this drug for recreational purposes. And, taking Norco while you drink alcohol increases the risk of developing dependence for both substances.
Alcohol Poisoning and Norco Overdose
Addiction is a disease within the brain that develops when someone compulsively pursues drugs even though they know they are running the risk of harmful consequences. Addiction is also called severe substance use disorder and can completely take over a person’s life, crowding out career, family, and friends.
Drinking an excessive amount of alcohol can lead to alcohol poisoning. The chance for this is increased when you drink while also taking another CNS depressant, such as Norco.
Alcohol poisoning symptoms include:
If you take cold medication with acetaminophen, you run the chance of an overdose. Taking more than your prescribed amount of Norco could create a danger of an opioid overdose.
Symptoms of a Norco overdose include:
If you are taking Norco for pain after surgery or an injury, do not drink alcohol. The alcohol enhances the effects of this narcotic pain reliever, leading to even more dangerous side effects.
From mild to life-threatening, alcohol withdrawal has a succession of symptoms that show up at different times.
Withdrawal from Norco begins within 6 to 12 hours after you last took the medication and can include:
In the hospital, treatment for alcohol poisoning is based on the person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC), as well as the severity of their symptoms. Some treatments may include an IV to keep them hydrated and their blood sugar at normal levels, a breathing tube, a stomach pumping to remove any remaining alcohol from their stomach, and dosing with activated carbon to negate alcohol already passed through the stomach.
Long-term treatment for alcohol dependence includes either inpatient or outpatient treatment. Each client receives individual and group therapy to help them learn new coping skills. While in treatment, they will also learn relapse prevention skills. Each person has a treatment plan customized to their own needs.
Norco overdose symptoms:
Treatment may be inpatient, allowing the person to work solely on treatment, which includes individual and group therapy. Addicts also learn how to live drug-free. Outpatient treatment is next and also usually offers individual and/or group therapy. Support groups allow the person to meet with people who are also in active recovery.