Norco Side Effects, How it Works, Upsides & Sides

Norco is a specially formulated medication containing hydrocodone and acetaminophen respectively as its active ingredients; with the former being an opioid pain reliever and the latter being a non-opioid one. They are members of the group of opioid analgesics – a class of medications.


The purpose of this medicine is to act as a painkiller for moderate to severe pain. This combination is also sold under a number of other brands such as Vicodin, Lorcet, and Lortab, etc. It is also available in its generic form and is administered externally.

The medication may also be used for other purposes not mentioned in this guide.


Side effects of Norco:

Side effects are the unpleasant and undesirable effects of a medication, or a medical procedure one takes or undergoes respectively for treatment. Many medicines have side effects. However, they are still widely prescribed and used as neither do they pose a threat to every consumer/patient, nor are the side effects rarely produced potentially life-threatening. Moreover, their certain advantages outweigh the uncertain side effects they may cause.

Norco too has some side effects. The side effects produced are not experienced by every consumer, and range from being mild to severe. Usually, these side effects occur at the start of your treatment and disappear once the body gets accustomed to the presence of the medications. This often doesn’t take a long span of time. However, these side effects may persist longer than usual and worsen leading to a serious medical disorder. Therefore, it is very crucial to inform your doctor if any of the side effects are experienced and seek medical help promptly.

Some of the common side effects that are mild in nature are as follows:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness


With these some of the severe side effects that occur are as follows:

  • Signs of irritability such as agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Disturbed urination
  • Pain in the stomach or/and the abdomen
  • Signs of dysfunctioning adrenal glands such as loss of appetite, unusual weight loss, etc.
  • Severe weakness
  • Fainting
  • Shallow breathing, e., breathlessness
  • Seizures
  • Double breathing
  • Signs and symptoms of a severe allergic reaction.

It is important to note here that other side effects that have not been enlisted here in this guide may also be experienced. Doctors and/or pharmacists usually let their patients know about the side effects that are likely to be experienced by them at the start of the treatment.

For further queries and concerns regarding this, you may consult your doctor and/or a pharmacist in detail.


How to use it?          

You are strongly advised to read the directions on the prescription label and directed to follow them carefully.

The medicine is administered orally. You may take it with or without food. Dosage is dependent on a number of factors thus it can vary from person to person. Henceforth, take timely and balanced doses of Norco as per the instructions of your doctor. If using the liquid form, make sure to use a particular container instead of a household spoon to consume the exact amount of your medicine. On overdosing seek medical help promptly.



  • Neither use nor prescribe to someone without the recommendation of a doctor.
  • It may interact negatively with certain medicines and is prohibited in certain medical conditions. Therefore, give your doctor your medical history and the names of all the medication, if any, that you use.


  • Do not breastfeed a baby as its primary ingredients can pass through the breast milk and harm the baby.
  • Inform your doctor immediately if you become pregnant.
  • Keep it away from children’s reach, heat, and moisture.