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 522 241
Fibromyalgia 192 69
Headaches 82 21
Migraine headaches 31 12
Back pain 22 14

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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 21
Moderate 91
Mild 110
None 108

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

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 70
Sleepiness 16
Drowsiness 12
Nausea 12
Chronic constipation 9
Dizziness 8

Show all 62 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Dosage Patients Percentage
300-30mg as needed 8
300mg-30mg as needed 4
300-30 mg daily 2
300 mg-30 mg daily 2
300-60 mg four times daily 2
4 x 300 mg-30 mg daily 2
2 x 300-30 mg four times daily 2
2 300-15mg as needed 2
2 300-30mg as needed 2
300-15mg as needed 2

See all 48 dosages

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 41
Side effects too severe 35
Course of treatment ended 27
Personal research 9
Change in health plan coverage 5
See all 197 patients who've stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Duration

Currently taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 19

Stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 41
1 - 6 months 41
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 32
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 13
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 184
Usually 80
Sometimes 55
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 29
A little hard to take 51
Not at all hard to take 241
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 15
< $25 156
Not specified 158

What people switch to and from

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

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 12
Tramadol (Ultram) 12
Morphine (Morphine ER) 3
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 3
Acetaminophen (paracetamol)-caffeine-codeine (Ratio-Lenoltec #3) 2

Show all 16 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
Hydrocodone 2
Morphine (Morphine ER) 2

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching to

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29 patient evaluations for Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

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

Apr 23, 2014 (Started Aug 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hip bursitis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in hip(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation, itching, itchy ears, itchy eyes, itchy nose, itchy scalp, bowel problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg-30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Only lasts 4-6 hours, so I would take one before bed, but then wake up in the middle of the night with pain and have to take another one. I have switched to 12-hour time-released codeine contin, so I can sleep right through the night.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 30, 2012 (Started Aug 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in hip(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hip bursitis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation, itching, itchy ears, itchy eyes, itchy nose, itchy scalp, bowel problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg-30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 7, 2012 (Started Aug 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for torticollis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hip bursitis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (constipation, itching, itchy ears, itchy eyes, itchy nose, itchy scalp, bowel problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg-30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 10, 2010 (Started Aug 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg-30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Gave me a good night's sleep.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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