Using too much of the narcotic drug Norco, whether accidentally or intentionally, can lead to an overdose. This can cause cardiac arrest or even death. The hydrocodone component of the medication is an opioid analgesic and can cause symptoms of difficult breathing and extreme drowsiness. Norco also contains acetaminophen, an analgesic which can cause liver failure if taken in high doses. The symptoms of a Norco overdose manifest in different ways in patients and depend on several factors. These can include how much was taken, how the body metabolizes the drug and whether it was taken in combination with other substances such as alcohol, other prescription drugs or illicit drugs. As with other narcotic drugs, regular use, even over a relatively short-term period, can lead to tolerance. Once this develops, the prescribed dosage is no longer effective at treating pain. Increasing a dose of Norco without a doctor’s permission can lead not only to overdose but to dependence as well.
Immediate Treatment for Norco Overdose is Essential
Overdose symptoms can be attributed to both the hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Too much hydrocodone can cause a slowed heart rate, low blood pressure, difficult breathing, cold and clammy skin, extreme drowsiness which can progress to coma, cardiac arrest and death. Taking too much acetaminophen can cause dark urine, yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, low blood sugar, bleeding, nausea, confusion, vomiting, diarrhea, liver failure, sweating, loss of appetite, irritability and death. Prompt medical treatment is essential in the case of a Norco overdose. If the overdose is recent, doctors may induce vomiting, pump the stomach or use activated charcoal so the body doesn’t absorb the Norco. An acetaminophen overdose can be treated with medication that helps prevent liver damage. An antidote may be given to counteract the effects of a hydrocodone overdose.
Where to Get Help for Norco Addiction
Overdose can happen among those with a legitimate prescription for Norco and by those who misuse or abuse it. The Waismann Method of rapid detox treats Norco addiction safely and humanely. We know most of our patients didn’t intend to become addicted and we strive to provide care that keeps your dignity intact. Our medical procedure is performed in an accredited hospital and takes less than two hours. We use medicine to cleanse Norco from patients’ opiate receptors while they are under deep sedation administered by board-certified anesthesiologists. The withdrawal phase is accelerated and occurs while the patients are sedated. They awake opiate-free without awareness of withdrawal symptoms that occurred. Our transitional living facility, Domus Retreat, is also available to help guests continue their recovery. Here, they’re offered individually prepared meals, biofeedback therapy, massage therapy, and group and individual counseling.