The pain medication Norco® (hydrocodone/APAP) is generally safe and well tolerated. However, it can cause dangerous side effects and may not be suitable for everyone. For example, this medicine may not be suitable for people with a history of drug or alcohol dependence.
Side effects that may occur during treatment include irregular breathing, anxiety, and difficulty passing urine. These symptoms are potentially serious and require immediate medical attention.
To be safe, all other acetaminophen products should be avoided while you are taking Norco, unless you are extremely careful to limit your total acetaminophen use (from all sources added together) to 4 grams per day (4000 mg). The acetaminophen content of all strengths of Norco is 325 mg per tablet.
Be careful not to exceed the maximum recommended daily dose, as this could lead to overdose symptoms, such as:
- Difficulty breathing
- Cold, clammy skin
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Liver failure
(To learn more about the dangers of this drug, click Norco Side Effects or Norco Warnings and Precautions.)