Signs of Norco Addiction
As a narcotic and controlled substance, Norco® (hydrocodone/APAP) has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Norco abuse, however, can be difficult to distinguish from just a simple physical dependence on the drug.
Some of the potential signs of Norco addiction include:
- Secluded behavior, often needing to spend large amounts of time alone
- Stealing, lying, or other dishonest behavior
- Unexplained changes in mood or behaviors
- "Doctor shopping," which is seeing several different healthcare providers to obtain Norco prescriptions
- Going through a Norco prescription too quickly
- Repeated reports of losing a prescription, having a prescription stolen, or needing a prescription early to go on vacation.
However, people whose pain is not adequately controlled often display signs that mimic those of addiction. For instance, if your prescription is not strong enough for your pain, you may display unusual changes in behavior due to the pain, or you may take your Norco more frequently than prescribed.
(Click Norco Addiction for more signs of abusing this drug. This Web article also takes an in-depth look at ways to determine whether someone has an addiction or simply a physical dependence on this pain medication.)