Norco is a combination pain-reliever prescribed to patients who may be experiencing moderate to severe pain. Norco is classified as a combination medication because it contains two different types of pain-relieving medications. The first, hydrocodone, is an opioid pain-reliever which changes the way the brain interprets pain to reduce it. The second, acetaminophen, is a non-opioid pain-reliever which helps reduce fever. Norco should only be used by patients over the age of 6, as the risk for serious side effects is increased in young children.
Just like any medication, using Norco may produce certain side effects. Common side effects of Norco include nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, or drowsiness. These less serious Norco side effects should go away with time. If they do not go away or get worse, promptly notify your doctor about which side effects are still affecting you.
Tell your doctor right away if you notice any serious side effects, such as mood changes, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, stomach or abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, signs of adrenal glands not working properly, unusual tiredness, and weight loss. Seek professional medical attention if you experience fainting, seizures, slow or shallow breathing, severe drowsiness, difficulty waking up, or signs of an allergic reaction such as rash, itching, or swelling of the tongue or lips after using Norco.
Norco patients who use the medication exactly as their doctor recommends may still develop an addiction to the medication. It is extremely important to spot these signs and seek professional help as soon as possible. Signs which may indicate that someone you know is abusing Norco include becoming obsessed with finding and taking Norco, losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once enjoyed, developing financial problems due to spending money on Norco, and exhibiting poor performance at work, school or home. Make sure you get help as soon when you spot these Norco addiction symptoms, as the faster an addiction is handled the quicker a patient can enjoy a happier, healthier, substance-free life.
Long-term effects of abusing Norco include heightened pain sensitivity, Norco cravings, withdrawal symptoms when not using Norco, social withdrawal, and mood swings.
If you or someone you know is suffering from Norco addiction or another substance use disorder, get help as soon as possible. The Recovery Village has many treatment programs for those in need.
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