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I was given Norco after a shoulder surgery. My Dr. kept me on it for over three years, needless to say I became addicted. I am now off of the drug(no thanks to my Dr.) My question is, can Norco effect your kidneys? I have been having some symptoms of kidney problems that I never had before. Just curious.
Sorry to hear that you were put on Norco (Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen) for around three years. But you will be glad to hear that Norco rarely effects the kidney, except when taken in really large doses. The common adverse drug reactions are follows:
The most frequently reported adverse reactions are light-headedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea and vomiting. These effects seem to be more prominent in ambulatory than in non-ambulatory patients, and some of these adverse reactions may be alleviated if the patient lies down. Central Nervous System: Drowsiness, mental clouding, lethargy, impairment of mental and physical performance, anxiety, fear, dysphoria, psychic dependence, mood changes. Gastrointestinal System: Prolonged administration of Lortab Tablets may produce constipation. Genitourinary System: Ureteral spasm, spasm of vesical sphincters and urinary retention have been reported with opiates. Respiratory Depression: Hydrocodone bitartrate may produce dose-related respiratory depression by acting directly on brain stem respiratory centers. Special Senses: Cases of hearing impairment or permanent loss have been reported predominantly in patients with chronic overdose. Dermatological: Skin rash, pruritus. The following adverse drug events may be borne in mind as potential effects of acetaminophen: allergic reactions, rash, thrombocytopenia, agranulocytosis.
Serious overdose with hydrocodone is characterized by respiratory depression. In acetaminophen overdosage: dose-dependent, potentially fatal hepatic necrosis is the most serious adverse effect. Renal tubular necrosis, hypoglycemic coma and thrombocytopenia may also occur.
So you see that it effects the kidney only when overdosed. Do get back to me if you have any further queries.
Dr Sylvester, MD
I have had blood in my urine since last thursday. I was checked for an infection which came back negative. I was sent to a urologist who checked my bladder which was ok as well and then sent me to have a ct scan which we are awaiting results. I am currently prescribed 1-2 Norco 10mg 4 times daily. I am concerned that these could be causing an issue. I have ben on them for 5 years with chronic neck issues. I also requested a liver function test and we are awaiting those results as well. My blood pressure has never been high until last thursday and now its ruining 134/91 and I am having headaches. Please help put my mind at ease.
You are never, ever supposed to take more than six 10 mg Norco in any 24 hour period, and never more than two at once. This drug can be very helpful for chronic pain but also can be very dangerous if not taken as prescribed. I saw where you may be taking eight pills a day on some days and you should be aware that that dosage level is not safe.
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