Norco® (hydrocodone/APAP) is a drug approved for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. It comes in tablet form and is generally taken every four to six hours, although it can also be taken on an "as-needed" basis. While most people have no problems during treatment, there are some important risks with Norco you should be aware of.
For example, Norco is considered a desirable drug of abuse because of its narcotic component and because it has a low acetaminophen content. People with a history of drug or alcohol abuse may need to take a different pain medication.
In addition, Norco does carry a risk of acetaminophen poisoning if a person's daily acetaminophen intake is not carefully monitored. You should not take more than 4000 mg (4 grams) of acetaminophen a day -- this includes Norco as well as any other sources, such as Tylenol®.
Side effects are also possible with this medication. Common ones include constipation, drowsiness, and dizziness. In rare cases, potentially serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, liver damage, or a slow heart rate, can occur.
(To learn more about this medication's risks, click Norco Side Effects and Norco Warnings and Precautions. These articles describe other safety concerns to be aware of and explain who should avoid this drug.)