How Does Norco Work?

Norco® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a prescription pain reliever that can help treat moderate-to-moderately severe pain caused by things like an injury or a dental procedure. How does Norco work? To answer this question, it's a good idea to start by discussing the ingredients that make up the drug. Norco contains two different medications: hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen.
 
Hydrocodone is a semisynthetic narcotic, opioid pain reliever that is chemically related to codeine. It is effective at decreasing pain and relieving coughing, but also causes drowsiness, mood changes, and mental "clouding." In the United States, hydrocodone is only available in combination with other medications; it is not available alone.
 
Acetaminophen ("APAP") is a pain reliever and fever reducer commonly found in nonprescription medications such as Tylenol®. "APAP" is an acronym for one of the chemical names for acetaminophen.
 
Combining these two substances in one product helps relieve pain while limiting the abuse potential of hydrocodone.
 
(For more details on how this drug works, click Norco. This article gives a comprehensive overview of this pain reliever, with details on what to do if you miss a dose, take too much, or develop side effects.)
 
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