Norco (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen) is an opioid analgesic and antitussive (cough suppressant) combined with a pain reliever (analgesic) used to treat moderate to fairly severe pain. Norco is available as a generic.
Norco is supplied in tablet forms with strengths of 7.5 or 10 mg of hydrocodone bitartrate combined with 325 mg of acetaminophen. The daily dose for both strengths is one tablet every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain. No more than 6 tablets should be taken over 24 hours.
What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Norco?
Norco may interact with alcohol, other narcotic pain medications, sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, other medicines that can make you sleepy or slow your breathing, antidepressants, MAO inhibitors, atropine, benztropine, dimenhydrinate, glycopyrrolate, mepenzolate, methscopolamine, scopolamine, bladder or urinary medications, bronchodilators, or irritable bowel medications. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.
Norco During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
There are no studies that suggest Norco is safe to use in pregnancy or in pediatric patients; however, pregnant women taking Norco regularly will produce an infant likely to be opioid dependent and may have respiratory depression. Both medications in Norco (acetaminophen and hydrocodone) pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding. Although the above is written about Norco, readers should be aware that over 250 different drugs are available that have the same two (or more) combinations of drugs as Norco and thus have a similar drug profile. Short treatment (less than a week) usually does not cause patient’s to become dependent on the drug, develop tolerance, or develop an opioid withdrawal syndrome. Longer constant use may allow these serious side effects to develop.
Our Norco Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.