What is Dihydrocodeine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: DHC continus DF 118 Forte Dihydrocdeinone enol acetat


See also: Brompheniramine-dihydrocodeine-pseudoephedrine Panlor SS Paramol

Dihydrocodeine (DHC) is a synthetic opioid analgesic developed in the early 1900s. It is similar in structure and mechanism to codeine and is used for the management of moderate to moderately severe pain as well as coughing and shortness of breath.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 46 22
Fibromyalgia 29 12
Muscle and joint pain 19 10
Endometriosis 1 0
Fatigue 1 0

Show all 17 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 3
Moderate 12
Mild 3
None 8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dihydrocodeine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 6
Nightmares 2
Auditory hallucinations 1
Chronic constipation 1
Dry mouth 1
Itching 1

Show all 8 reported side effects


Based on patients currently taking Dihydrocodeine

Dosage Patients Percentage
30 mg four times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Dihydrocodeine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 7
Other 4
Doctor's advice 3
Did not seem to work 2
Personal research 1
See all 14 patients who've stopped taking Dihydrocodeine


Currently taking Dihydrocodeine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 1

Stopped taking Dihydrocodeine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 14
Usually 10
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 23

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Dihydrocodeine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Diazepam (Valium) 1
Paracetamol-dihydrocodeine (Co-Dydramol) 1

Patients stopped taking Dihydrocodeine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Tramadol (Ultram) 2
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Dihydrocodeine

Jul 21, 2011 (Started Jun 06, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for herniated disc)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 240 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 5, 2002 (Started Oct 10, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I find Dihydracodine really helpful for my pain alhtough it doesnt always RID me of my pain it really reduces the amount of pain that I am in to a comfortable level. The only thing that I dont like about it is that it can cause constipation but I try to eat as much fibre as possible to counteract the effects of the codine in my system and this seems to help more than hinder. I have been on these for many years and there efficiency has never changed.
Side effects: constipation

  • 0 helpful marks
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