What is Hydrocodone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeine is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from two of naturally occurring opiates, codeine and thebaine. It is an orally active narcotic analgesic and antitussive. It is commonly available in tablet, capsule, and syrup form and is often used in combination with other agents.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 562 192
Fibromyalgia 107 33
Back pain 105 42
Migraine headaches 23 8
Headaches 20 5

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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 Percentage
Severe 15
Moderate 59
Mild 82
None 106

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocodone

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 31
Drowsiness 29
Problems concentrating 17
Important decision making impaired 11
Brain fog 10
Confusion 9

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocodone

Dosage Patients Percentage
10mg as needed 3
5 mg twice daily 1
90 mg daily 1
900 mg three times daily 1
120mg as needed 1
1capsule(s) as needed 1
1tablet(s) as needed 1
500mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Hydrocodone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 57
Doctor's advice 49
Other 44
Side effects too severe 38
Course of treatment ended 36
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 2
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Duration

Currently taking Hydrocodone

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

Stopped taking Hydrocodone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 26
1 - 6 months 41
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 35
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 157
Usually 70
Sometimes 28
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 31
A little hard to take 40
Not at all hard to take 184
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 2
$50-99 6
$25-49 11
< $25 152
Not specified 88

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Tramadol (Ultram) 5
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 3
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 3
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 2
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 2

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Patients stopped taking Hydrocodone and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 6
Tramadol (Ultram) 6
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 5
Morphine (Morphine ER) 3
Buprenorphine patch (BuTrans patch) 2

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40 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone

Feb 1, 2017 (Started Dec 21, 2016)

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

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Feb 23, 2015 (Started Feb 03, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Only use as needed, effective if used only when absolutely needed for pain
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Dec 15, 2014 (Started Oct 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Twice daily

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