Many pharmacies do not carry brand-name Norco (hydrocodone/APAP). Generic Norco tablets are more easily available and are significantly less expensive than the brand-name version. These tablets, which are sold under the name hydrocodone/APAP, are available in three different strengths.
Norco® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a prescription pain medication. It contains two different medications: hydrocodone (a narcotic) and acetaminophen (the same medication in Tylenol®). "APAP" is an acronym for one of the chemical names for acetaminophen. Norco is approved to treat moderate-to-moderately severe pain.
Norco is made by Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. It is also available in generic form.
Generic Norco tablets are available in the following strengths:
- Hydrocodone/APAP 5/325 mg
- Hydrocodone/APAP 7.5/325 mg
- Hydrocodone/APAP 10/325 mg.
The first number refers to the hydrocodone strength, and the second number refers to the acetaminophen strength.
Some pharmacies do not carry brand-name Norco. Generic Norco is significantly less expensive, and many insurance companies require people to use the generic products when available. If you are willing to pay full price, as your insurance will probably not cover brand-name Norco, your pharmacy may be willing to stock brand-name Norco for you under some circumstances.
Keep in mind that many healthcare providers view requests for brand-name narcotics as a sign of abuse or diversion (selling the drugs to someone else), because brand-name narcotics usually have a higher street value than their generic versions. In almost all situations, a request for a brand-name narcotic instead of a generic may arouse your healthcare provider's suspicions.