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Norco generic name acetaminophen and hydrocodone is a combination of two drugs sold under the brand names anexia, Co-Gesic, Dolorex Forte, Hycet, Liquicet, Lorcet, Lortab, Maxidone, Norco, Polygesic, stagesic, Vicodin, Xodol, Zamicet, Zolvit and Zydone. This drug is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.
Acetominophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effect of hydrocodone.
Hydrocodone is a strong narcotic pain reliever.
It is suggested that patients do not consume alcohol even moderate drinking while using this drug as the side effects may be greatly affected.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using Norco advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, breathing disorders, liver or kidney disease, history of head injury or brain tumour, low blood pressure, stomach or intestinal disorder, underactive thyroid, Addison’s disease, adrenal gland disorder, curvature of the spine, mental illness or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
Less serious side effects are nausea, vomiting, feeling anxious, dizzy, drowsy, upset stomach, constipation, headache, mood change, blurred vision, ringing in the ears or dry mouth. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, throat, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, lightheaded, faint, confusion, fear, unusual thoughts or behaviour, seizures, problems urinating, nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay coloured stools or jaundice. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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