Norco Pain Medicine
Available only with a prescription, Norco® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a drug used to control moderate-to-moderately severe pain. It is a combination drug, containing both hydrocodone and acetaminophen. However, compared to most hydrocodone/APAP pain medicines, Norco contains less acetaminophen, making it useful for people who need to take more hydrocodone without more acetaminophen.
As a pain medicine, Norco works in various ways. The hydrocodone component is effective at decreasing pain, but also causes drowsiness, mood changes, and mental "clouding." The acetaminophen component works as a pain reliever and fever reducer.
Norco comes in the form of a tablet, and is typically taken every four to six hours as needed (or as directed by your healthcare provider) for pain relief. Although most people tolerate it well, it is not suitable for everyone. Possible side effects include drowsiness, constipation, and nausea.
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