Norco Withdrawal Symptoms

Written by Chloe Nicosia

Spotting Norco Withdrawal Symptoms

How long does it take to detox from Norco? This heavily depends upon the individual who has become addicted to the drug. Severity and duration depend on how long the individual has been using, how much the person uses each time, and how often the person uses. Norco withdrawal symptoms are fairly uncomfortable. Norco is an opiate and so is heroin.

This should give you an idea of how serious the addiction to this painkiller is. If you are struggling to understand the Norco withdrawal symptoms timeline, call Better Addiction Care at 800-429-7690 for help reviewing your treatment options.

About Norco

Norco is a brand name for a type drug that contains hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever and also contains acetaminophen which is added to increase the effects of the hydrocodone. Acetaminophen is a less powerful pain killer that, on its own, is available for over-the-counter purchase. Tylenol, for example, is an acetaminophen drug.

Normally, your physician will write a prescription for Norco to treat severe pain or as a cough suppressant. This prescription is only intended for short term use. Norco withdrawal symptoms occur once someone who has developed a tolerance (and a subsequent addiction) ceases use of the drug. Norco is highly habit-forming which is why it is not normally prescribed over the long term.

The drug is an opiate analgesic which binds to pain receptors in your brain thusly reducing pain. When these receptors are filled, feelings of intense please, euphoria, and relaxation are produced. Withdrawal symptoms occur when the opioid receptors do not receive the drug and those feelings of euphoria are not produced.

Norco Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Feeling there are pins and needles all over your body
  • Profuse sweating
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Intense craving for the drug
  • Involuntary leg movements “kicking the habit”

How long does it take to detox from Norco? The Norco withdrawal symptoms timeline is about six weeks. Some people will experience residual symptoms for months. These include weakness, insomnia, and depression. If you detox on your own, you should seek therapy or a psychiatrist to work through these feelings and avoid relapse.

The symptoms from Norco withdrawal can be severe and last for a bit, so it is advisable to check into a detox center. Medically supervised withdrawal involves professional around-the-clock-monitoring for your safety. A medical professional will administer medications in order to keep you as comfortable and as safe as possible.


Once you make it through the detox period, you will move on to the treatment phase. Group therapy and one-on-one therapy sessions (along with medications, if needed) will be used to help ease the discomfort from the lingering withdrawal symptoms. You will be assessed at this point to see if you have any underlying mental health issues. If you do, you will be given a dual-diagnosis. This simply means that you must be treated for your addiction and the mental health issue separately and apart from each other in order to truly heal.

At a rehab facility, you will be monitored constantly, be provided with healthy meals, and be expected to adhere to a schedule. The purpose of rehab (other than getting clean) is learning how to re-enter society and be a functioning part of it. There are many temptations out there so, in rehab, you will learn how to manage triggers.

If you or a loved one is struggling with Norco withdrawal symptoms, please contact Better Addiction Care. The staff can review your treatment options with you and help you find the right treatment center. The road to recovery will have a few bumps, however, with the right treatment, you can learn to navigate the bumps and live a clean life.