Your doctor might recommend your dosage of Norco depending on your response to this medication, other medical conditions that you might have and any other medicines you might be currently taking. Most often, the recommended dosage for Norco 5/325 is one or two tablets, while the recommended dosage of Norco 7.5/325 to 10/325 is only one tablet. Most of the time, these doses should be taken as needed every four to six hours.
An Introduction to Norco Dosage
The dosage of Norco that your doctor prescribes will likely depend on a few things including:
- The way you react to this pain relief drug
- Other medical problems that you might have
- Other medications that you might currently be taking
As always, you should never change your dosage of this medication unless instructed to do so by your doctor.
Dosing of Norco Medication for Pain
With Norco 5-325mg, it is most common to prescribe one or two tablets as needed every four to six hours. With Norco 7.5-325mg and Norco 10-325mg, it is most common to prescribe one tablet as needed every four to six hours, with no more than six tablets taken in total for a 24 hour period. Some people find they need more or less, but there are limits to how much of the drug should be taken (this is because of the acetaminophen content).
While being treated with Norco medication, you need to make sure that you limit the total amount of acetaminophen to 4000 mg, or 4 grams a day. Too much acetaminophen can increase your risk for severe liver damage. Be sure to avoid other sources of acetaminophen including any other pain relievers, like Tylenol. You should be extremely careful to limit your intake of acetaminophen or avoid any other sources while you're taking Norco. The amount of acetaminophen in a Norco tablet is 325 mg.
Administration and Dosage Information for Norco Drug
Dosages should only be changed depending on how severe the pain is and how the patient responds to this treatment. It's important to remember that a tolerance to hydrocodone is likely to develop with continued use and as the dosages increase.
General Norco Dosing Information
People taking Norco should consider the following:
- This medication is taken by mouth as needed every four to six hours for pain. It comes in the form of tablets.
- Make sure that you do not take more than the maximum recommended daily dose because this could cause you to suffer symptoms of overdose or poisoning from acetaminophen and result in liver failure.
- Norco will be prescribed either on an "as needed" or on a scheduled basis. When the prescription says "as needed", you should not take this medication if you are not suffering any pain. If it is prescribed as a scheduled dose, you should take this medication even if you're not experiencing any pain. Most physicians will prescribe this medication as needed.
- Taking Norco with food has been found to reduce the chances of upset stomach.
- In order to ensure that this drug work the way it was intended, it's important to take it as instructed. Never increase the amount you take without talking first to your doctor. You should not stop taking this medication abruptly if you have been taking it for extended periods of time (click on Norco Withdrawal).
- If you're not sure about your Norco dosage, you should talk to your pharmacist, doctor or nurse. You should not stop taking this medication without talking to your doctor first.