Norco vs. Tramadol

Are Tramadol and Norco the Same Thing?

Norco (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen) and tramadol are both narcotic (opioid) pain relievers (analgesics) used to treat moderate to fairly severe pain.

Norco also contains acetaminophen, a non-narcotic pain reliever (analgesic).

Brand names of tramadol include Tramadol, Tramadol ER, ConZip, Rybix ODT, and Ryzolt.

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What Are Possible Side Effects of Norco?

Norco is available in generic form. Side effects of Norco include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Tramadol?

Common side effects of Tramadol include:

  • agitation,
  • nervousness,
  • anxiety,
  • seizures (convulsions),
  • skin rash,
  • dizziness,
  • spinning sensation,
  • hallucinations,
  • fever,
  • fast heart rate,
  • overactive reflexes,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • upset stomach,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • loss of coordination,
  • headache,
  • drowsiness, and
  • fainting.

What is Norco?

Norco is a strong prescription medicine is indicated for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain.

What is Tramadol?

Tramadol is a pain reliever (analgesic) used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults..

What Drugs Interact With Norco?

Norco, like all narcotics, may impair the mental and/or physical abilities required for the performance of potentially hazardous tasks such as driving a car or operating machinery; patients should be cautioned accordingly.

Alcohol and other CNS depressants may produce an additive CNS depression, when taken with this combination product, and should be avoided.

Hydrocodone may be habit-forming. Patients should take the drug only for as long as it is prescribed, in the amounts prescribed, and no more frequently than prescribed.

What Drugs Interact With Tramadol?

Tramadol may interact with alcohol, other narcotic pain medications, sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, other medicines that can make you sleepy or slow your breathing, antidepressants, and MAO inhibitors.

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How Should Norco Be Taken?

Dosage should be adjusted according to the severity of the pain and the response of the patient. However, it should be kept in mind that tolerance to hydrocodone can develop with continued use and that the incidence of untoward effects is dose related.

The usual adult dosage is one or two tablets every four to six hours as needed for pain. The total daily dosage should not exceed 8 tablets.

How Should Tramadol Be Taken?

Good pain management practice dictates that the dose of Tramadol be individualized according to patient need using the lowest beneficial dose. Tramadol may interact with other drugs including monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and other antidepressant medications. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies of Tramadol in pregnant women. Tramadol should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Tramadol passes into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Breastfeeding while taking Tramadol is not recommended.

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References

RxList. Norco Side Effects Drug Center.
https://www.rxlist.com/ultram-side-effects-drug-center.htm
RxList. Tramadol Side Effects Drug Center.
https://www.rxlist.com/ultram-side-effects-drug-center.htm

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