Drug Ratings for NORCO

Average Rating: 3.6 (124 Ratings)

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 1  Back Surgery Pain Constant shaking, a nervous wreck. Only taking the Kolonopin I still had the amphetamine effects of Norco. It didn't stop, the shaking, until I took a Norco. My doctor want's to switch me to Suboxone but I'm not sure if that is going to stop the shaking. I've tried taking only a half of a Norco but the shaking persists until I take the other half with two Kolonopin in me. I can't wait until this is over. I've been on narcotics forr back pain (and 6 spine surgeries) for the past 17 years and this is by far the worst drug I've ever been prescribed. I HATE IT! Please, if there is any alternative for your pain medication other than Norco, take it. This drug makes me feel like an addicted, drug dependant looser. I can't cook, clean my home, eat, nada because of the effects of the Norco (along with Kepra for any possible seizures from the drug) and my life has turned into a complete mess. M 62 5 months
3X D
 4  Herniated colon Drowsiness,difficult time urinating, difficult time climaxing, nausea when taken on empty Stomach, and itchiness. F 35 3 days

 3  left arm pain Trying to get off,because body wants more and I am scared because I get nauseated,anxious ....if I don't take it. Did work! But hell to pay now. Any suggestions how to get off,do I space the time and by how much,so sad that I need drug to keep my body from anxiety,nausea and liquid diarrhea. F 52 1 years
40 mg/day
 2  kidney stones Shaking and short breath F 29 1 days

 5  migraines/osteoarthritis in knees Itching, drowsiness, and constipation I have severe migraines and I use norco with my imitrex and it works great. I also have the knees of a 65 yr old woman, according to my orthopedic doctor, and my knees cause me severe pain, and the norco allows me to still be mobile. I have sciatica and carpal tunnel as well. I take gabapentin for those, in conjunction with the norco. It works great for me. I can take up to 30 mgs a day if needed. It doesn't make me so tired I can't function and I take benadryl for the itch. I also have IBS-D so the constipation is a welcome change. Works great for me! F 36 4 months
10/325 mg
 5  back and knee and ankles Constipation F 58 5 months
 1  Rotator Cuff Surgery I had rotator cuff surgery after a fall four months ago. My doctor prescribed Norco and three months of physical therapy. The PT was brutal at times so I changed therapists. However, last month the surgery failed. The only thing Norco does for me is make me feel good about the pain. Tylenol does nothing for me which my doctor explained is one of the ingredients. It relieved a little of the pain and a reduced my chronic low grade headaches, but when I weaned off it I experienced a heavy withdrawal headache. Then my daily the headaches came back. The two worst things about Norco is how it negatively affects my quality of life. First there are evil negative mental images that I see when I close my eyes. A narcotic that does that is like a bad LSD trip. I notice in the drug write-up that suicidal thoughts may occur, but that was not what I felt, only evil around me. The second evil thing I experience is one that negatively impacts my family life. When I take Norco my disposition chang M 73 3 months
10-325 3X D

 5  knee pain also its now back and hip I'm hurting even after taking 4 10 mg. in a 4 hr. Period along with muscle relaxer I feel like I need them to even crawl out of bed and walk to bathroom they use to make my moods better now I just feel like I am not getting what I was receive pain and mood I feel like a rest home pat. And head aches just worried now that I might not get them and how will I deal with pain if I hurt on that high of a dose does it make your brain think your hurting craving the drug? F 50 2 years
 4  hip and head pain and energy Nausea, insomnia, euphoria followed by depression F 29 10 months

 1  for pain due to miscarriage Nausea, anxiety, depression, stomach and lower abdominal pains, shortness of breath and a heavy feeling in my chest. Headaches and a sense of withdrawal. F 40 3 days

 5  my shoulder hurts so bad The only thing I hate is the doctor trying to take me off of it while im in pain people are different yea I had withdrawal but cut back on the medicine cant get any more the only thing that makes me fill sick to my stomach is the new laws and people always trying to control what u do ugh my shoulder hurts I've token every medication on the shelf nothing works for me but norco.and im sorry to the people that norco is hurting ice been off this medication for 4 days now and my shoulder hurts to the point I cant fill it some times cant do no work around the yard cause lit hurts when I use it but the doctor says there's nothing wrong M 28 1 days

 1  cronic back pain and hip displaisia Headache, nausea and some dizziness does not help the pain at all can't sleep because in such pain absolutely hate it. F 33 1 years

 1  Cholecystectomy post-op pain Weird dreams, itching, extreme fatigue, deep depression, constipation, anxiety, sore throat, head aches, nausea, brain fog, night sweats, moodiness, physical dependence which led to withdrawal symptoms: jerky leg movements, horrible pain, diarrhea, more nausea, more moodiness, weight gain.... Please, if you or some one you know is ever prescribed this drug, get rid of it, flush it, don't fill the script, tell your doctor (s)he's crazy. Norco... RUN AWAY! M 33 2 weeks

 1  Pain relief from Oral surgery Irritability, itching( as if I had bugs on skin and head) , very drowsy, developed allergic reaction with itching rashes all over my body and swollen face ( started to swell up my upper lip which made me look like a horse then my checks which made me look like a chipmunk) I had taken norco before once and had all symptoms minus allergic reaction and irritability. F 27 1 days

 1  I have chronic back and neck pain I took Norco for about 4 years but I will not take it because every time I do I get sick and get headaches as well I am not taking any medication a Dr says take because Dr's kill people and that's what drugs will do drugs will kill and I am not taking any more take vitamin supplements much safer and Better M 37 2 days
 1  initially from knee surgery This drug is the worst! I've already tried quitting more than three times and enlisted many loved ones to help. Still I can't quite stop for more than 5 days. It's ruining my life! Started taking them slowly. Felt no withdrawals with out them. One day I realized I feel like I need them or it's the end of the World. Super depressed. Many stomach and leg pains. Irritability and lack of drive and focus. It keeps going and going! It's so hard to get off of. It's killing me. I can feel it taking away my life more and more every day. I feel like the worst person on this planet. F 29 2 years
 5  pain Can not sleep at night if I take it pass noon M 37 2 years
10mg x4
 1  Painfully watching it destroy dad I'm watching this drug suck the life out of my dad , who once had a quirky humor, and had goals and ambition ! Now he is moody if he runs out of pills , quick tempered, tells us we should let him die ... I don't know him anymore our hearts are literally breaking ! I've seen this happen to others as too!!!!! F 62 10 months

 1  broken arm It made me sick to my stomach. Sweet so bad I had to change clothes. F 35 1 days

 2  Post-op knee surgery Hallucinations, but it wiped all pain from my body! The first day I took the drug, all was well. The second day, I was awakened when The Virgin Mary, attired in blue, sat on the headboard of my bed. She was looking at me and talking a blue streak, but I couldn't understand her. I listened, but I was really freaked out. As abruptly as she appeared, she disappeared. I was shaken, but I went back to sleep. This drug made me VERY sleepy. Soon I was again awakened by what I thought was the dog scratching, but it was my DAD in angel form, flapping his wings as he hovered over me, saying not a word, and really not looking AT ALL like himself. Somehow, I knew it was my dad. He didn't stay long. I got up and walked a bit, then I woke up my husband, told him about my "visitors," and he calmed me down enough to almost fall asleep again. But I looked at my sleeping husband, and as I watched, another angel came from his body, flew over me and over to my bedside table and then flew back into his body. I again woke him up and told him to stop it. He asked me if he was snoring. The GOOD thing is that for those two days and part of the third, I had NO pain anywhere in my body. However, I decided I didn't need hallucinations, and they freaked me out, so I stopped the medication. For the next three days I had a headache. I don't know if the cessation of the meds had anything to do with the headaches. My doctor was not particularly happy that I stopped the med, but he DID say that "about 1%" of patients who take it report F 66 2 days
5-325 3X D
 5  Chipped femur and back of knee cap Dizziness and Trouble Breathing F 15 10 days

 5  broken arm M 68 4 days
10/325 mg

 4  Back pain from injury I have to smoke and smoke and smoke. I had quit before Norco. That really makes me angry. Works well. F 54 4 years
20 2X D

 1  screws in knee bones AWAKE EVERY MORNING WITH SORE KIDNEYS AND LIVER. Never had this problem with 5/500s F 2 months
5/325 3X D

 5  Back Pain Love being pain free & the energy F 31 3 years
 1  Back pain It says may be addicting!! I went thru such major withdrawal from not taking a pill the very next day ! I ended up in a treatment facility on methadose maintenance program ! Someone earlier mentioned about IP 110 white pill I had same reaction NOTHING thenbest and only brand I recommend is Watson yellow pill! That brand worked the best ! F 47 2 years

 1  Lower back pain sacroiliac NAUSEA. Just constant...while I took it, after I took it, after it wore off. I feel like I have the flu. Headache too. Back hurts like heck but it is better than the side effects of this med! Ferget it... I took Vicodin 5/500 1 or 2 at a time for a year for this pain, as often as necessary. Worked well and I was able to live my life pretty pain free as long as I had some. With the recent acetominophin thing, my pharmacy stopped carrying it and had my doc switch my scrip to these norco 5/325. 4 days in, I'm like holy hell this is AWFUL. I don't know what to do. I can't take this stuff:( F 50 4 days
5 mg 1X D
 3  Achilles tendon injury Constipation, throwing up, dizziness, sweats, hot and cold flashes, weird dreams, mild pain F 18 4 days

 3  Bulging disc Dizziness, horrible headache and neck pain when I wake up, nausea F 54 10 years
10 mg

 1  herniated disc, cervical stenosis I did great with most all brands of the Norco 10, but when prices increased in my area, I switched pharmacies to a small " mom and pop" pharmacy. I used that pharmacy for 3 months, had 3 prescriptions filled there for Norco 10. The brand I received there were oblong white tables with IP 110 on them. I noticed they did not work as well as the generic I got at WalGreens, and then I began having terrible night sweats, hot flashes, bouts of nausea and dizziness that threatened to topple me over. I ran fevers though I was not ill. I thought maybe the symptoms were menopause ( I was 50 yo at the time.) I thought the pills I got those 3 months must be working but my pain had gotten worse after a car accident. Well, the pharmacist told me that my regular prescription would be raised the next month to 6 times what I had been paying. I do not have insurance and could not afford to pay 350 dollars fo ninety plls. So I shopped around and WalGreens gave me a discount card which made my pr Have had no problems with Norco 10 generics or brand except for the IP 110's. F 51 2 years
10mg 3X D
 5  Back injury hip pain muscle aches n None It's a miracle drug Not generic F 58 10 years
 5  because I have ME none. I have pain that only responds to norco. I tried all meds in all classes. F 64 5 years

 5  Chronic prostitis Side effects experienced with NORCO: This is the only thing that takes the pain down to a manageable level. I don't abuse this medication so I'm not sure how higher doses would effect me. I take 2 of the 10/325 a day one in the morning and one mid afternoon. I get some upset stomach but that's it. If you feel yourself wanting to increase your dose instead just add a NSAID to the mix when you take it. For example take a 10/325 norco and 2 alieve same time. M 27 3 months
10/325 mg

 1  for fibermyalgia pain Headaches, stomach aches, burning and also vomiting and its not taking the pain away at all because its just adding more F 5 days
 2  Chronic Back Pain Terrible Headaches, Nausea, sweating and some constipation. These bad side effects are only since being switched to "Sun" brand 5 months ago due to them changing from 10/660 to 10/325 - prior I was on Qualitest 10/660 for years and never had any side effects except occasional constipation. I am very upset with how sick this other brand is making me considering it's a lower amount of tylenol you'd think it would affect me less but I do have many allergies so it is possible that I am allergic to some filler of this Sun brand but from what I am reading other people are having headaches too. The pain relief is less than they were before April too. For me these generics are not reliable - I can take them one day and be ok and have a pill from the same bottle the next day and be throwing up all day and have terrible headaches. I asked my pharmacist to order the Qualitest ones again and he has so I am truly hoping that next month will be good again - if not maybe my body is rejecting the meds altogether :( I will know in a week or so. F 33 5 months
10/325 4X D
10/325 3X D
 3  L3-S1 spinal fusion and nerve pain This medicine definitely helped me get through 3 level spinal fusion. The longer I took it, the more pain I was in when I didn't take it. Always felt hung over the next morning after I took it. I also got easily agitated. Completely off Norco for 2 months and the pain is much less than when I was taking it. Recommend for short use only or long term only if absolutely necessary.. F 35 10 months

 1  back pain Terrible headaches, nausea, horrible mood swings, and constipation. F 28 6 months
 5  C7 bqck pain, lower back paib M 41 8 months
10 mg

 4  back pain I like this medication. Never had any negative side effects. I felt relaxed and pain free. F 29 8 days

 5  Back Pain from fall Restless legs, which over the counter "Leg Cramps" tablets(qunine) seem to help and sometimes constipation which milk of magnesia corrects. I've been taking a 10mg Norco tab 2 to 3 X a day for 5 years for back pain from a fall. I've always had a high pain tolorence but 3 years ago had hip replacement with residual pain then developed joint pain, knee, leg, and foot pain followed by tendon issues. Sometimes I would take a 3rd and 4th norco, and seemed to quiet all my pains and I was able to get around. In the past year I developed muscle loss to the point I it was hard to get off the floor after playing with my young grand kids or out of a chair or even walk around. Dr's were concerned all this might be due to Agent orange exposure from the army or norco. I stopped the norco for two weeks (with no withdrawel issues) but had no effect and pain was in far less control with Tylenol and IBP. I also have diabetes ll and neuropathy from the agent orange and have been taking ACTOS for three years to control blood sugar. Forgot the ACTOS on a holiday trip recently and didn't take it for 4 days and low and behold joints are not hurting so bad I can get off the floor out of the chair and muscle tone is returning in just 5 days. Problems were not from norco but ACTOS! . Back on 2 norco tabs a day for back pain and no ACTOS, beginning to feel much better. Found this site and and the reports on actos confirm the actos connection to my issues. . . I now believe all meds taken need to be re-evaluated periodically , and you can't always depend on MD's to do it for you ... Thank you, Ask a Patient. M 63 5 years
10mg 2X D
 5  Chronic migraines and shoulder/neck Euphoria, dry mouth, good sleep. Has helped tremendously with my chronic pain issues due to a car accident 2 years ago. I recommend to anyone with severe pain but only take when absolutely nothing else works due to its highly addictive properties. Other than that its a great medication for headaches. F 23 2 months
10/325 1X AN

 5  Feel good Where do I begin! Ok all side effects , guilt, blurry vision, hunger, sleepiness , suicidal thoughts. Addiction withdrawal. Dope stickiness. M 28 5 years
30mg 2x
 5  I took norco a for severe back pain First off my urine smells really bad which sucks I tried everything for the smell then I can't function that pill was my wake up bottom.. This pill makes you feel good for a while but after that you need more and more and I almost when I coming down fall asleep driving but have to keep myself up so I'm stopping these bad boys tomarrow F 21 10 months
Highest do
 5  chronic back pain from a spinal fus I've been taking Norco for 2 years and 7 months .I am so dependent on a it's crazy can't function without them. they have me so high I feel no pain , so I'm able to clean the house and other things and then when they wear off, I'm even in more pain , cuz not feeling the pain I end up in even more pain after the two pain pills I take with a cup of coffee to make them work faster ,but when I do it that wathen they really don't last a long time because I was rushing them to work ,so then I'm popping 2 more because I know I'm going to be in pain from the stuff I did ,like cleaning and such , there's been times I ran out ,even so I get 120 pills add my prescription ....but I take 2 pills sometime I'll take 1 and a half very rarely what I take anything over 2 pills at a time . like right now out of 120 pills & 10 days before my refill ,I may have 10 pills left , so now I will be taking about 6 to 10 tramadol, it's just to knock the edge off . I can't even get out of bed or function without pills ,it's a real nightmare ...with out them I end up being in severe pain grouchy irritable ,I had even cry because I didn't have them before that bad I am waiting to get a spinal cord stimulator,but right now I'm having bladder issues are thinking about putting the simulator for my bladder first before I can even get the spinal cord stimulator .I already have enough screws and rods, just call me the Bionic Woman , I better not go out out NFM the storm because of my r F 45 7 months
10 / 325
 5  Cervical Radiculopathy -Sedation -Euphoria Very effective, withdrawl effects are minimal. M 23 2.5 years
10/325 4X D

 4  Ovarian cyst pain At first, I didn't know to take with food. I had nausea and I felt like I was going to faint. I had it filled on the 7th at 10pm after going to the ER. I only took one on the 7th at 11pm and one on the 9th. Sleepiness. After I found out it is much better to eat with it, I took one on on the 14th at night. It worked so good, it killed my pain for three days. It was amazing! The sharp stabbing pain is GONE! The dull achy pain was GONE (for three days)! Sure, I was a little high for about three hours after taking it (I didn't drive), but I noticed if I eat with it, I don't get the faint feeling, and I don't feel like I'm going to puke. It looks like right now I can take it once every 4 days until I get this surgery to remove this cyst from my body. I was told that 4cm is a big cyst in a very small space. But it was 4cm back in Feb. It is over 6cm now and that is why I am having so much pain. I'm on it since 800mg of Motrin does NOT work for me. F 37 7 days
10/325 1X D
 2  Chronic back pain If constipation is a problem then use the fiber powder suppliment that is made from Dextrin. It disolves clear and is completely tasteless. I put two tsp in my cup of coffee and have two cups of coffee every morning and I do not suffer from narcotic related constipation even when I've been at a dosage of 8 5mg tablets a day. Withdraws from any narcotic is hell but I have found that if you do a taper by reducing your dosage 1/4 tablet every four days, that the withdrawls will be as minimal as possible.. Regardless of the type of narcotic pain reliever you take, there will be withdraw symptoms when you don't take them if you've been prescribed them on a daily basis. Coming off narcotic pain meds is hell even if you've been taking them as prescribed. I've been on some kind of narcotic pain reliever for about ten years. I wean off of them about once a year and then go back on so as to keep my tolerance level as low as possible. I wish I'd never had to take narcotic pain meds because overall I feel they are poison to my body. F 55 10 days
5 mg 3X D

 4  chronic back pain when i dont take it my pain is greater. but what do u expect when u take it constnly and do activites that would hurt you without. i like this pain killer it is good. i lost my script 1 time and never experance much of the withdraws except alot of bowl movments M 29 5 years
10/325 6X D
 4  chronic pain Constipation, itching, dry skin. Other than that, all good when taken as directed. F 40 4 years
10mg 6xday

 1  It was given to me as a pain killer Depression without it. Focus with it. Burn out without it. Anger! Rage, Constipation, failed liver test. Let me get my legal pad out! The drug has ruined my life. Starting with finances, relationships, employment, social disorders, let me get my legal pad out. At one time I met a gut that worked at a nursing home and he gave the old in pain dying patientís placebos so he could sell bottles of 500 pills at a time so I could buy a duffle bag full at a time. Plus he threw in Valiums and even better Zanax. Wow I was taking 40-50 10 mg narco's plus 2 mg Zanax. Very profitable business for him. I could work for days overriding the pain. I EVERYTHING! The LOVE of my life!! Gone. She was so beautiful that 4 years later I still cry. The rest was EVERYTHING! If you think the drugs are helping they are like a fish hook dragging you to HELL on earth! Try getting off them. Rehab does not work. Once the drug companies have set the hook in your brain you are a DRUG ADDICT! I WAS CEO of 2 companies. I have attempted suicide more times than I remember. It is harder to die than you could imagine. I work up every time looking for my pills. When the LOVE OF MY LIFE flushed my pills down the drain she almost had a break down from fear of my reaction. If she was not so LOVING I probably would have killed her.I had more pills hidden so that prevented my rage. Ever try to mix the two drugs and run out! Bi-Polar, abusive, depressed, shaking, sweating, vomiting .You really need to try a few. HELL is in that bottle. I guarantee it. M 50 15 years
10 mg 4X D
 3  herniated disc Constipated memory loss, problems with my teeth, mood swings, dry mouth restless legs, cold sweats F 24 4 years
 3  herniated disk,rudimentry disk,pain Dry mouth, insomnia and extreme sleepiness, lathargy, dizziness, ups and downs between doses, depression and tooth problems ( never has tooth problems until 2 years into taking these). My teeth are cracking and one is loose. Only had 2 fillings my whole life and are now having perfectly healthy teeth otherwise,crack. I worry about what other issues this drug may be doing internally. It works better than any other pain meds ive been given but worry about the long term effects that may be happening. F 47 4 years

 1  herniated disc Dizziness, lightheaded, severe anxiety attacks, bad thoughts, numbness in head and arms. After taking norco for 2 weeks I would start experiencing these awful side effects. I asked my Dr to switch me back to regular lortab and my symptoms are gone! I will never take norco again F 34 6 months
30 mg
 1  Herniated Disc Constipation, irritability, ADDICTION!!! Please be very careful with this medication, it's highly addictive and withdrawals are pure hell! F 31 1 years
40 mg

 1  all over body pain-depression It sucks getting off this drug! Seems to be impossible to get off! Down to 51/2 mg a day-was only taking 20mg per day. I hate this drug-too physically addictive! Never abused....never would have started had I known! F 57 1 years

 5  Chronic back pain I started taking half a pill once a day. now I'm just up to 1 maybe 1 and a half pills a day. I can take just half a pill a not have any complications. but if I don't take any pills a day my body will hurt like withdrawals can't sleep feels like the inside of my body's vibrating at the joints. I can tell I have some dependency. but it is worth it not have to feel the pain of my back all the time. M 28 2 years

 3  Gall, endometriosis, stomach Dependency. Headache, muscle ache, constipation, memory loss, restless legs, (sometimes) anxiety, dry mouth. Do not take unless you have to! Most people will become addicted. The moment you start taking, you will change your life. I have been taking Norco long enough to become addicted, my Dr. put me on a withdrawal taper plan (the only true way to be able to quit these), and I still can't truly quit. My prescribed number goes down every week, but my habit really doesn't. The fear of not having, of the withdrawal pain when I go off - which is so much worse than you can imagine.. All these things help to convince you that you need Norco. This has ruined my life. When I try to withdraw I have cold sweats, fever, nausea, the pain is unbearable, everywhere, diarrhea, mood swings, headaches, tremors and my throat feels terrible. It's like having the flu, but so much worse. If you decide to come off, talk to your doctor, try to taper, (it works better than cold turkey), take about 5 days to do absolutely nothing, it'll last about a month, and ask for help if you can get it. Some people will be fine, some people won't experience this, will be able to quit cold turkey, but most will develop a habit, will not be able to come off, will keep upping the dose, will become something they hate. F 23 1.5 years
7.5/325 7X D
 5  Multi-level spinal fusion None Saved me from a life of pain. Everything else constipated me. Norco cuts the pain about 85% and is not constipating. I am so thankful for this mec, I wouldn't be able to mentally or physically function without it. I play softball three times a week. If not for norco this would not be possible. M 47 11 years
10 mg 2X D
 5  multiple sclerosis rush of energy, lessened depression, all good no bad I've been taking norco for 2 years, I've tried all other pain relievers and the only one that I will take is dilaudid in cases when my pain is beyond severe. it is a life saver for me,allows me to live as normal as possible and be independent and most important out of pain. I am a nursing student and will tell you if doctors see you take this medication for more than a month they will label you and ask why you take so much. you do build tolerance and I have had days where I ran out and withdrawls are as bad as the pain. so don't take it unless you have to. I've came across ppl who have stole my pills from me and I think this medicine is great but only for ppl who truly need it. F 24 2 years
10 - 20 mg 6X D

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