What is Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen?

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Hydrocodone is an opiate pain medication used in the relief of moderate to severe pain. Acetaminophen (also known as APAP and paracetamol) is typically used for management of mild to moderate pain; when in combination, it increases the effect of hydrocodone.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 1938 776
Fibromyalgia 832 345
Pain in lower back 439 210
Back pain 105 70
Muscle pain 78 49

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 74
Moderate 226
Mild 454
None 444

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Side effect Patients
Constipation 174
Drowsiness 60
Nausea 53
Sleepiness 51
Itching 32
Dizziness 25

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Dosage Patients
325-10 mg four times daily 19
500mg-5mg as needed 19
325-10 mg three times daily 16
325-10mg as needed 15
325-5mg as needed 14
325mg-5mg as needed 12
325-10 mg twice daily 10
325-5 mg three times daily 10
325mg-10mg as needed 9
325-7.5 mg twice daily 8

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Why patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

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Reason Patients
Other 222
Did not seem to work 217
Doctor's advice 193
Course of treatment ended 146
Side effects too severe 116
Personal research 31
Change in health plan coverage 22
Expense 16
See all 745 patients who've stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration

Currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 95
5 - 10 years 126
10 years or more 65

Stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 130
1 - 6 months 158
6 months - 1 year 97
1 - 2 years 108
2 - 5 years 163
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 42
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 712
Usually 295
Sometimes 163
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 41
Somewhat hard to take 119
A little hard to take 196
Not at all hard to take 842
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 18
$25-49 74
< $25 675
Not specified 426

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 60
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 15
Morphine (Morphine ER) 9
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 8
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 8

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Patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 41
Tramadol (Ultram) 41
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 23
Morphine (Morphine ER) 15
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 10

Show all 45 treatments patients report switching to

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136 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Sep 6, 2018 (Started Sep 04, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 325-5 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: If you have respiratory problem, take w/ caution. Also, make sure you eat something while taking it d/t stomach discomfort. Lastly, expect moderate to severe constipation! This also just treats the physical pain; not the neurological dx I have. It does help me sleep which is great b/c I was sleep-deprived. DO NOT take w/ any other depressant or alcohol
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jul 24, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in knee(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for arthritis pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (forgetfulness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 325-7.5 mg Twice daily

Apr 11, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in knee(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for myofascial pain syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (forgetfulness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 325-7.5 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Since changing jobs, I only need to take this on a rare basis .

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May 29, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 x 500 mg-7.5 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jan 26, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 x 325 mg-10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take the 10/325 dosage. I would rather just take the "10" without taking any Tylenol as this really is not necessary. The Hydrocodone is the pain killer that I need for MS pain. I would NOT be able to go to work full-time still without this. I wen't through five (5) years of agony before my doctors would give me anything and missed a LOT of days of work.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Oct 1, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 x 325 mg-10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take the 10/325 dosage. I would rather just take the "10" without taking any Tylenol as this really is not necessary. The Hydrocodone is the pain killer that I need for MS pain. I would NOT be able to go to work full-time still without this. I wen't through five (5) years of agony before my doctors would give me anything and missed a LOT of days of work.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 28, 2011 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 x 500 mg-7.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Would not be able to go to work everyday without this!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 22, 2010 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 x 500 mg-7.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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