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Norco vs. Vicodin

Norco and Vicodin are two most famous and most widely used narcotics drugs all around the globe. Many are aware of their result and use but are not aware of their specific functionalities by their name as they are not that much popular among the public by their name. Norco and Vicodin are painkiller drugs in nature that are used in abundance in Central Europe and USA. The major difference between both these painkiller narcotics is of specified amount of particular ingredients present inside them. The two basic ingredients are Hydrocodone and acetaminophen or more commonly known as paracetamol. Vicodin possess a higher concentration of acetaminophen in it, whereas Norco possesses higher amount of hydrocodone in them. They are prescribed after proper diagnosing.

Key Differences

Norco is a narcotic painkiller that possess more concentration of hydrocodone and less concentration of acetaminophen.
Acetaminophen is more specified in dealing with a fever along with pain.
Hydrocodone is more specified in dealing with a cough along with pain.
Vicodin is a narcotic painkiller that possess more concentration of acetaminophen and less concentration of hydrocodone.

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Higher concentration of hydrocodone and low concentration of Acetaminophen.
High concentration of Acetaminophen and low concentration of hydrocodone.

Used for

Used as a painkiller for dealing with normal and worse pain relief.
Vicodin is used as an instant painkiller for moderate and severe pain.

Overdose Can lead

An overdose of Norco can cause swear hitches like liver damage and even death.
An overdose of Vicodin can also cause swear complications such as liver damage and death at worse conditions.

Normal Dosage

One time in every 4 to 6 hours or as prescribed by the doctor.
One to two times in every 4 to 6 hours or as particularly prescribed by the doctor.
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Norco is addictive in nature.
Vicodin as a pain-relief is also addictive in nature.
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Side Effects

Excess use or even normal life use can cause Headache, constipation, blurred vision, drowsiness, dry mouth, hives, itching, irritation, slow heartbeat, swelling of mouth and face, stomach issues, etc.
Vicodin also has similar side effects including nausea, mood swings, irritation, frustration, drowsiness, headache, the ringing of bells in ears, dizziness, etc.

Famous brands

Lorcet Plus, Lorcet, Hycet, Maxidone, Norco, Polygesic, Stagesic, Xodol, Zolvit, Zemicet, Zydone, Linguist, Anexsia, etc.
Vicodin HP, Vicodin ES, Vicodin, Norco, Lortab, Zydone, Zamicet, Hycet, Lorcet, Lorcet Plus, etc.

Main Producers

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Jul 31, 2017

What is Norco?

Norco is a famous narcotic painkiller that is widely preferred and used all around the globe for dealing with all kind of pains ranging from normal level to worse kind of pains. Norco is itself a particular medicine that possesses a unique formula based on the concentration level of ingredients used for dealing with the pain. Norco differs regarding formula and concentration level of its basic ingredients. Most of the different kind of pain killers present all around the world do possess two main ingredients in them that are Acetaminophen more commonly known as paracetamol and hydrocodone. By their concentration in a particular kind of drug, they are prescribed or referred for dealing with specific sort of pains and patients suffering from pains in various conditions. Norco differs than Vicodin or another painkiller narcotic as it possesses a higher concentration of hydrocodone in it and lower concentration of Acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a form of synthesized codeine. It is unusually used in the form of liquid for dealing with adequate to severe pain. It is most of the times in particular used for treating the cough along with being an effective pain killer. Hydrocodone is most widely used and preferred in the US as compared to the rest of the world. According to a survey based study in 2007, it was stated that about world’s 99% of hydrocodone-based painkillers are supplied to the US. The doctors in the US highly recommend the use of Hydrocodone along with another ingredient as effective pain relief drug. Norco is among the ones in which Hydrocodone is mixed up with Acetaminophen. The use of this narcotic painkiller can be highly addictive at times. Along with the use, the patient suffers from common side effects like constipation, nausea, dizziness, itching, irritation, etc. Excess use can seriously cause extreme damage to lungs and even can cause death at times.

What is Vicodin?

Vicodin is another famous narcotic painkiller that is too widely used inside the US and many parts of the world. Vicodin differs that Norco by the concentration of their common basic ingredients. Except it, they are particularly same and are used for dealing with normal and worse pains. Unlike Norco, Vicodin possesses more concentration of acetaminophen and less concentration of Hydrocodone. It is the kind of painkiller drug that is used for treating pains that possess low or high fever along with them. More amount of acetaminophen or more commonly known as Paracetamol, enable the drug to effectively deal with recovering from fever and acting as painkiller at the same time.

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