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HYDROCODONE/ACETAMINOPHEN

Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen) is a combination pain medicine. Hydrocodone is an opioid (similar to morphine) that works in the brain to lower pain perception. Acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever and fever reducer. Source: Iodine  *

*This description is for related drug Norco

Important Information About This Drug

Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

As many as one quarter of those receiving these drugs over a long period of time in a primary care setting struggle with addiction.

Read more about the appropriate use of these drugs and speak to your doctor about their risks.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

At a Glance: This Drug in 2014

23.3K
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 1022 of 3362

$4.39M
Retail Cost

Rank: 1037 of 3362

8,245
Patients

Rank: 973 of 3362

7,720
Prescribers

Rank: 888 of 3362

More info on related drug Norco »

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it's worth it

44%

of people say

it worked well

13%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

This Drug's History

Claims

The number of Medicare prescriptions for this drug each year

2,710

2011

2,060

2012

9,309

2013

23.3K

2014

13.4K

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$455K

2011

$363K

2012

$1.95M

2013

$4.39M

2014

$2.66M

2015

Average Patient Cost

Average amount that patients without a low-income subsidy paid each year.

$261

2011

$159

2012

$77

2013

$73

2014

$83

2015

Note: While the rest of this page displays data from 2014, the charts above display data through 2015, from a special release by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
Florida 1,102 2,483 $405K
Michigan 599 1,965 $455K
New York 685 1,852 $380K
Pennsylvania 601 1,834 $362K
Ohio 468 1,576 $346K
California 609 1,519 $310K
Texas 627 1,502 $270K
New Jersey 504 1,375 $224K
Illinois 348 982 $164K
Louisiana 256 877 $152K
Arizona 296 778 $144K
Indiana 169 563 $103K
Connecticut 167 503 $73.9K
North Carolina 179 447 $69.9K
Georgia 196 428 $68.3K
Massachusetts 125 391 $71.2K
Alabama 80 305 $62.5K
Colorado 117 296 $54.4K
Virginia 97 270 $43K
Tennessee 86 242 $45.4K
Washington 86 234 $49K
Nevada 95 230 $46.2K
West Virginia 57 229 $49K
Delaware 71 217 $37.2K
South Carolina 71 216 $34.2K
Wisconsin 70 215 $40.9K
Missouri 88 201 $46.6K
Maryland 78 200 $39.5K
Kentucky 45 196 $36.1K
Oregon 62 190 $32.4K
Rhode Island 25 106 $19.2K
Maine 27 93 $15.9K
New Hampshire 32 90 $13.9K
New Mexico 39 87 $16.6K
Mississippi 27 79 $10.7K
Minnesota 26 71 $12.8K
Iowa 16 57 $11.8K
Oklahoma 16 50 $9,931
Arkansas 21 46 $9,739
Idaho 13 45 $6,995
Utah 11 38 $11.5K
Kansas 17 38 $7,386
Hawaii 25 $4,437
North Dakota 17 $3,640
Vermont 12 $2,185
Nebraska 11 $1,566
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2014 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by more than 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 428,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

Incorrect Info?

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