I have been taking vicodin and norco for about 3 months now and in the past 3 weeks I have been experiencing horrible constant itching. It's so bad I've given myself terrible bruises from scratching. Someone told me that opiates can cause this. Is this true? My legs are covered in "itching" bruises. It's embarrassing!
Can Vicodin or Norco cause excessive itching?
Question posted by valerina69 on 10 April 2011
Last updated on 24 February 2013 by OSSx
Yes it is true that opiates can cause itchiness. I personally have the same problem with codeine in Vicodin and some prescription cough syrups minus the bruising. I usually get OTC Benadryl tablets(24 to a box). Take about 2 every time the itching occurs and it should stop it(does for me anyways). Hope this helps:)
Yes, maybe back off the dose a lil bit, ur doctor should def be the One to make that call though (not me)
Yo, Consider yourself lucky with the itch that you haven't suffered a hearing loss do to norco. Remember Rush Limbaugh and is hearing probem from drugs
Yes it can, people can always tell if. I have taken a table because. I scratch my nose forever and I get annoyed.
Yes,it is true. Try taking an antihistamine because what happened is when you ich your body(at least when taking opiates) releases histamines that cause you to itch,the antihistamines counteract that.
yes one of the things I have noticed about the opiates is that most of them do cause itching I was on Dilaudid, I took Norco for breakthrough pain and for a while until my system adjusted (for lack of another reason) I went through it. Just watch and if you have problems that won't let up or you develop a rash or other problems you need to talk with your prescribing physician, if you had problems with breathing or something worse you would need to call 91, just keep an eye on it, you might even ask the doctors office if you can use some hydrocortisone cream over the counter to see if this will ease the itching down.
Please keep us posted. and you take good care
Yes, itching is a common side effect from the hydrocodone in the vicodin and norco. You need to bring this to the attention of the prescribing doctor. In the meantime, try some soothing cream such as Aveno oatmeal cream or some other over the counter cream that has hydrocortisone in it for itch and inflammation relief.
The itching you describe could be a severe side effect, one you should address with your doctor the first chance you get.
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