Norco Drug Class
Norco® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a prescription painkiller that contains two medications: hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Due to its narcotic component (hydrocodone), the medication is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance -- this means that strict laws and regulations surround the sale and use of this drug. As a narcotic, Norco is a highly desired drug of abuse, and Norco addiction can be a significant problem for many people.
Hydrocodone is a semisynthetic narcotic, opioid pain reliever that is chemically related to codeine. In the United States, it is only available in combination medications; it is not available alone. Acetaminophen, the other component of Norco, is a nonopioid analgesic and fever reducer.
(To learn more about the Schedule III drug class, click Norco Uses. This article also tells you what you need to know about how Norco works and who is allowed to take it.)