Besides being dangerous, Norco can be a real pain! (Posted late on 10/19 from 10/18)

I can’t even tell you the number of times that I have been scheduled to take a client out but when I arrive they have taken too much of this opiate medication and have become somewhat sleepy. When they want to leave their home anyway, by the time we arrive at our destination, their heartrate has slowed, their breathing is very shallow and they are totally asleep only to wake randomly and want to stay out – but are unable to stay awake.

Now, consider that same elder taking this opiate medication in combination with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain meds, muscle relaxers, seizure meds, or medication prescribed for anxiety and/or depression. Your guess is as good as mine as to just how fatal the combo can possibly be, but fatal is certainly may be!

That is because many drugs may interact negatively with both acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Since many of these are prescriptions just like Norco, your client’s physician and/or pharmacist should be able to see and calculate the risks!

That is also why it is crucial that your client knows you are on top of things; that you know about all their meds and how they should be taken. When you show them you are paying strict attention, you are also displaying that With Age Comes Respect.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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