Norco Street Price & Prescription Cost
On the street, Norco typically costs between $3 and $20 per tablet, depending on the strength and location. In contrast, prescription Norco typically costs between $30 and $700 per prescription, depending on the pharmacy, strength, and amount of tablets prescribed.
Norco is the brand name for a combination medication that’s used to treat severe chronic pain. It contains an opioid analgesic (painkiller) called hydrocodone and a non-opioid painkiller called acetaminophen (also known as Tylenol).
Like other opioids, Norco is often sold on the black market and abused. The drug’s street value differs greatly from its prescription price.
Norco Street Price
On the street, Norco is sold under street names likes Narco and Hydro.
According to law enforcement agencies, the average street price of Norco ranges between $3 and $20 per tablet. The exact price depends on the strength. The drug comes in three strengths:
- 5 mg hydrocodone/325 mg acetaminophen
- 7.5 mg hydrocodone/325 mg acetaminophen
- 10 mg hydrocodone/325 mg acetaminophen
In general, the higher the strength, the more expensive the drug.
Another factor that impacts Norco’s street price is location. Typically, the drug costs more in rural areas and less in big cities. That’s because cities often have higher supplies of illicit drugs, and higher supplies lead to lower prices.
Norco’s street price is similar to the street prices of other prescription opioids, including oxycodone (OxyContin or Percocet), oxymorphone (Opana), hydrocodone (Vicodin or Lortab), hydromorphone (Dilaudid or Exalgo), tramadol (ConZip or Ultram), methadone, and codeine.
Norco Prescription Cost
As with other prescription drugs, the price of Norco depends on the pharmacy, strength, and amount of tablets prescribed.
At most Ohio pharmacies, Norco that contains 5 mg hydrocodone and 325 mg acetaminophen usually costs:
- about $32 for 8 tablets
- about $47 for 12 tablets
- about $58 for 15 tablets
- about $156 for 42 tablets
- about $222 for 60 tablets
Norco that contains 7.5 mg hydrocodone and 325 mg acetaminophen usually costs:
- about $45 for 8 tablets
- about $61 for 12 tablets
- about $69 for 14 tablets
- about $86 for 18 tablets
- about $384 for 90 tablets
Norco that contains 10 mg hydrocodone and 325 mg acetaminophen usually costs:
- about $67 for 12 tablets
- about $175 for 30 tablets
- about $357 for 60 tablets
- about $538 for 90 tablets
- about $719 for 120 tablets
Norco Abuse & Addiction
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies Norco as a Schedule II Controlled Substance. That means it has a high abuse potential.
Norco abuse occurs when you use the drug in a manner not recommended by a prescribing physician. For example, you might take higher doses than prescribed, take it more often than prescribed, or take it without a prescription.
Norco abuse poses serious health risks, including increased side effects, overdose, and addiction.
Increased Side Effects
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the most common side effects of Norco include:
- dry mouth
- back pain
- stomach pain
- uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
Some people also develop rarer, more serious side effects, including chest pain, trouble breathing, and changes in heartbeat.
People who abuse Norco are more likely to experience the drug’s side effects.
Overdose & Fentanyl-Laced Pills
If you take more Norco than prescribed, you may overdose. The most common symptoms of overdose include:
- cold, clammy skin
- muscle weakness
- slowed heartbeat
- trouble breathing
- loss of consciousness
If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, call 911 right away. Also, administer naloxone if you have it. Naloxone (brand name Narcan) is a medication that can quickly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
You face a higher risk of Norco overdose if you buy it on the street. That’s because many street drugs are laced with fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s up to 50 times stronger than heroin. It poses a high risk of fatal overdose.
Like other types of drug abuse, Norco abuse can lead to addiction. Addiction (also called substance use disorder) is a serious disease that makes you feel unable to stop using a drug. Other symptoms may include:
- strong cravings for Norco
- tolerance (needing increasingly larger or more frequent doses of Norco to feel the desired effects)
- physical dependence (experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use Norco)
If you or someone you love experiences these symptoms, seek help at an opioid addiction treatment program. These programs are available on an inpatient or outpatient basis. They offer evidence-based treatments such as medical detox, mental health counseling, and medication-assisted treatment.
To learn more about Norco addiction treatment options, please reach out to Ohio Recovery Center. Our substance abuse treatment programs offer personalized, comprehensive care to help you or your loved one stay drug-free.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/stopoverdose/fentanyl/index.html
- Food and Drug Administration https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2019/040148s073lbl.pdf
- National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a614045.html