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As a painkiller, Norco® (hydrocodone/APAP) is used to treat moderate-to-moderately severe pain caused by things like:
- Dental procedures.
Because it is a narcotic drug and classified as a controlled substance, special laws and regulations control the sale and use of Norco. Hydrocodone, the narcotic component of the painkiller, is a commonly abused drug. It is readily available and relatively inexpensive, especially in generic form, so Norco may be especially desirable as a drug of abuse.
This medication comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth. Typically, it is taken on an "as-needed" basis (up to every four to six hours, but only if you are having pain), rather than on a scheduled basis. Common side effects of Norco include drowsiness, dizziness, and lightheadedness.
(To learn more about this painkiller, click Norco. This article covers topics such as available strengths, generic availability, what to do if you take too much, and more.)