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Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen (Norco) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations

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What is the Generic Name for Norco?

hydrocodone/acetaminophen

What is the Trade Name for hydrocodone/acetaminophen?

Norco

What are the Indications of Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen (Norco) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

management of moderate to severe pain

What are the Actions of Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen (Norco) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

alters the perception and reaction to pain by binding to opiate receptors in the CNS, also suppresses the
cough reflex

What is the Therapeutic Class of Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen (Norco) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

opioid Analgesic, allergy, cold and cough remedies, antitussive

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen (Norco) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

opioid agonists, nonopioid analgesic combinations

What are the Nursing Considerations of Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen (Norco) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

  • use caution with concurrent use of MAOI – avoid use within 14 days of each other
  • hypotension – monitor hemodynamics and respirations after administering
  • may increase ICP use caution with head trauma
  • Narcan (nalaxone) is the antidote for overdose
  • DO NOT exceed 4g of acetaminophen per day

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