What is Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen?

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Hydrocodone is an opiate pain medication used in the relief of moderate to severe pain. Acetaminophen (also known as APAP and paracetamol) is typically used for management of mild to moderate pain; when in combination, it increases the effect of hydrocodone.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 1943 788
Fibromyalgia 830 346
Pain in lower back 449 216
Back pain 105 70
Muscle pain 76 45

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  • 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 74
Moderate 228
Mild 463
None 451

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 173
Drowsiness 61
Nausea 53
Sleepiness 49
Itching 32
Dizziness 25

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Dosage Patients Percentage
325-10 mg three times daily 13
325-10 mg four times daily 12
325-10mg as needed 12
325-10 mg twice daily 9
325-5mg as needed 9
325-5 mg daily 7
325mg-5mg as needed 7
500mg-5mg as needed 7
325-5 mg three times daily 5
325-5 mg four times daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 230
Did not seem to work 218
Doctor's advice 200
Course of treatment ended 149
Side effects too severe 117
Personal research 30
Change in health plan coverage 23
Expense 16
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Duration

Currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 56
5 - 10 years 87
10 years or more 51

Stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 132
1 - 6 months 163
6 months - 1 year 99
1 - 2 years 110
2 - 5 years 166
5 - 10 years 80
10 years or more 47
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 723
Usually 297
Sometimes 168
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 42
Somewhat hard to take 122
A little hard to take 197
Not at all hard to take 855
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 18
$25-49 72
< $25 686
Not specified 435

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Tramadol (Ultram) 63
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 16
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 9
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 9
Ibuprofen (Ibuprofen Prescription) 9

Show all 51 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 42
Tramadol (Ultram) 41
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 23
Morphine (Morphine ER) 15
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 11

Show all 48 treatments patients report switching to

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132 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Jul 24, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for arthritis pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in knee(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild (forgetfulness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 325-7.5 mg Twice daily

Apr 11, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in knee(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild (forgetfulness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 325-7.5 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Since changing jobs, I only need to take this on a rare basis .

  • 0 helpful marks

May 29, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 x 500 mg-7.5 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jan 26, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 x 325 mg-10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take the 10/325 dosage. I would rather just take the "10" without taking any Tylenol as this really is not necessary. The Hydrocodone is the pain killer that I need for MS pain. I would NOT be able to go to work full-time still without this. I wen't through five (5) years of agony before my doctors would give me anything and missed a LOT of days of work.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Oct 1, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 x 325 mg-10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take the 10/325 dosage. I would rather just take the "10" without taking any Tylenol as this really is not necessary. The Hydrocodone is the pain killer that I need for MS pain. I would NOT be able to go to work full-time still without this. I wen't through five (5) years of agony before my doctors would give me anything and missed a LOT of days of work.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Feb 28, 2011 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 x 500 mg-7.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Would not be able to go to work everyday without this!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 22, 2010 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 x 500 mg-7.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 15, 2018 (Started May 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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