Norco For Opiate Withdrawals
Norco is a brand name that is used to treat severe and moderate pain. It is a brand name which is derived from combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. This combination has been classified under class of drugs called opioid analgesics which are pain relievers and works by jamming certain nerve cell receptors from conveying information to the brain and by so doing, relieving pain.
There comes the question “is Norco an opiate or narcotic”?
Basically hydrocodone which is combined to come up with Norco is a known narcotic, while acetaminophen is just a painkiller. Norco is manufactured using different chemical properties including Vicodin, Lorcet and others. Norco is therefore an opioid which is created to effectively help to mimic the effects of opiates.
Norco is available as a tablet which is taken at six hours intervals regardless of the strength. The drug comes in two strengths which are 7.5 milligrams of hydrocodone and 325 milligrams of acetaminophen. The second strength consists of 10 milligrams hydrocodone and 325 milligrams of acetaminophen.
Caution should be taken when prescribing it to older people as it may cause severe liver damage and breathing problems. It is advisable to avoid taking more than six tablets in one day. If the prescribed dose is not properly responding or working, one should not increase dosage on its own as it may cause complications.
Side Effects of Norco
There are some side effects and withdrawal symptoms that comes with using Norcos, they include;
- Change in mood swings and brings anxiety and depression.
- Difficulty in urinating.
- May cause liver damage and kidney problems.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty in breathing and slow heartbeats
- Develops itching and reddish skin that causes blistering and peeling.
- Loss of appetite and pain in upper abdomen.
Norco reacts adversely with other narcotics and pain killers and may be live threatening. It also reacts with muscle relaxers, anti-depressants and even monoamine oxidase inhibitors. It is not advisable to take Norco with alcohol or when one is pregnant.