What is Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Tylenol with Codeine #3 Co-codamol Solpadol Show all

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See also: Codeine

Codeine is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of codeine. The combination of acetaminophen and codeine is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 523 244
Fibromyalgia 191 67
Headaches 82 21
Migraine headaches 32 12
Back pain 23 14

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 22
Moderate 91
Mild 109
None 112

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 69
Sleepiness 16
Drowsiness 12
Nausea 12
Chronic constipation 8
Dizziness 8

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Dosage Patients Percentage
2tablet(s) as needed 3
300-30mg as needed 3
300mg-30mg as needed 3
8 other daily 2
1 g daily 1
3 tablet(s) daily 1
2 tablet(s) twice daily 1
1 500 mg-30 mg tablet five times daily 1
6 tablet(s) daily 1
6 tab(s) daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 66
Doctor's advice 57
Other 42
Side effects too severe 36
Course of treatment ended 26
Personal research 8
Change in health plan coverage 5
See all 198 patients who've stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Duration

Currently taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 16

Stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 42
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 13
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 187
Usually 80
Sometimes 56
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 29
A little hard to take 52
Not at all hard to take 244
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 15
< $25 157
Not specified 161

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 13
Tramadol (Ultram) 13
Morphine (Morphine ER) 3
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 3
Acetaminophen (paracetamol)-caffeine-codeine (Ratio-Lenoltec #3) 2

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Tramadol (Ultram) 15
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 7
Codeine (Codeine Contin) 4
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 2
Hydrocodone 2

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

30 patient evaluations for Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Jun 14, 2019 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 22, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: constipation

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: constipation

Jun 18, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Causes severe constipation so I only take it when I absolutely have too.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: constipation

  • 0 helpful marks

May 3, 2014 (Started Aug 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: is no better than less less expensive analgesics
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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