Norco Detox: Timeline and Treatments

Norco is prescription opiate painkiller used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen like most prescription opiates. Hydrocodone is highly addictive and will destroy your life, if you continue the addiction. You may have heard that opiate detox is one of the worst types of detox to go through. Detoxing from them may seem frightening at first. It is not nearly as upsetting if you know the Norco detox timeline and the treatments available to you.

Norco Detox Timeline

The Norco detox timeline is similar to most opiates. It usually happens in three phases over two weeks.

Phase One:

Norco detox

Anxiety and nausea are commonly experienced during phase one of Norco detox.

The first phase is the acute phase. The symptoms start about 6 to 12 hours after your last dose of Norco. These symptoms are:

  • Anxiety
  • Cramping
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

These symptoms are severe and may be dangerous if not treated correctly. The danger during this phase is mainly due to relapse and dehydration.

Phase Two:

During this phase your body and the neurotransmitters in your brain begin to stabilize. This phase lasts from 5 to 10 days. The symptoms of this phase are:

  • Continuing symptoms of the previous phase
  • Insomnia
  • Leg cramps
  • Chills
  • Dilated pupils

Your body is rebounding in this phase but the withdrawal portion of the detox is almost over.

Phase Three:

Phase three is the final phase and lasts from 7 to 14 days. This is generally the least severe physical and sometimes the most severe mentally. Most people experience:

  • Cravings ranging in severity
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Irritability

These symptoms may come and go for months after your Norco detox. This is why you need a proper treatment program to help you through your addiction.

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Norco Detox Treatments

Medication assisted withdrawal

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, medication assisted withdrawal or medication assisted treatment works by using a combination of behavioral therapies and medications. This combination relieves cravings and normalizes body functions to help you through detoxification and treatment.

The National Library of Medicine, lists the medications used in medication assisted withdrawal for opioid withdrawal as:

  • Methadone
  • Burprenorphine
  • Suboxone
  • Subutex
  • Clonidine

Each of these medications are designed to stop cravings while still treating disorders such as chronic arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Cold Turkey Withdrawal

This is type of detox is extremely difficult to do alone. You stop the Norco suddenly without the benefit of medications. Some people choose to do this because they do not want to use any medications.

If you choose this form of detox, it is important to find a treatment center to help. A treatment center can provide a place to stay during detox and the counseling support you need to end your addiction this way.

Supplemented Withdrawal

During supplemented withdrawal, you receive medications for individual symptoms and counseling. As you develop symptoms, they supplement the behavioral side of treatment with medications that calm each symptom.

Finding a Norco Detox and Treatment Center

You can find a Norco detox and treatment center in one simple phone call. All you have to do is call 800-996-6135(Who Answers?) . We can help you find the center that is right for you.


  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Medication-Assisted Treatment: Medications Used in MAT.
  2. U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2016). Opiate and Opioid Withdrawal.
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