Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 100 42
Fibromyalgia 53 22
Muscle and joint pain 27 9
Back pain 8 3
Migraine 6 4

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 5
Moderate 16
Mild 26
None 21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Codeine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 16
Drowsiness 5
Nausea 4
Chronic constipation 3
Fatigue 3
Brain fog 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Codeine

Dosage Patients Percentage
30 mg four times daily 2
5 mg twice daily 1
50 mg daily 1
30 mg twice daily 1
60 mg daily 1
60 mg four times daily 1
270 mg daily 1
20mg as needed 1
2 15mg as needed 1
30mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Codeine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 14
Did not seem to work 13
Other 13
Side effects too severe 6
Course of treatment ended 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Codeine

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Codeine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 13
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 44
Usually 22
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 44
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 24
Not specified 42

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Codeine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 6
Paracetamol-dihydrocodeine (Co-Dydramol) 3
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 2
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 2
Tramadol (Ultram) 2

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Patients stopped taking Codeine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Tramadol (Ultram) 5
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 1
Morphine (Morphine ER) 1
Naproxen (Naproxen Prescription) 1

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6 patient evaluations for Codeine

Jun 14, 2019 (Started Jul 01, 1989)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for atypical migraine)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Jan 11, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 1989)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for tension headache)
  • Side effects
    Mild (brain fog)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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Dec 15, 2014 (Started Dec 13, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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Dec 5, 2014 (Started Oct 20, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (chronic constipation, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I've backed off taking codeine again, simply because of the constipation. I prefer having to wake up and take extra paracetamol or ibuprofen and enjoy a natural intestinal rhythm. As a post-op pain relief, great. As a long term solution, I'll look elsewhere.

Nov 24, 2014 (Started Oct 20, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (chronic constipation, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Codeine has a great side benefit in that it makes me a little drowsy - it really helps my insomnia, so now I take Codeine once a night, which still slows the bowels down but fibre, water and the occasional suppository helps that along. Using Codeine means I can get through the night without topping up the painkillers too. One is enough.

Nov 10, 2014 (Started Oct 20, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (chronic constipation, drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Codeine really knocked my seizure and surgery pain into a cocked hat. Very effective, but I have never experienced constipation like it. Seriously, first six, then seven days without bowel movements, and when the earth DID finally move, 5 hours of discomfort. I was under strict instructions not to 'strain at stool' so to speak, so a poop shute full of fecal coal (colinic impaction) with diarrhea building up pressure to get by meant that I gave up codeine for a twiddly mixture of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. Still on Lactulose Solution and suppositories but returning to normal. Would still use codeine for major pain relief, but only for a day or two.

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