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 1958 801
Fibromyalgia 834 348
Pain in lower back 456 219
Back pain 106 71
Muscle pain 77 46

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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 231
Mild 473
None 455

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 177
Drowsiness 63
Nausea 54
Sleepiness 49
Itching 32
Dizziness 26

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Dosage Patients Percentage
325-5mg as needed 7
325-10 mg three times daily 6
325-10 mg four times daily 6
325-10mg as needed 6
500mg-5mg as needed 6
300-7.5 mg daily 3
325-5 mg twice daily 3
325-7.5 mg four times daily 3
325mg-10mg as needed 3
325-5 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 234
Did not seem to work 219
Doctor's advice 202
Course of treatment ended 149
Side effects too severe 120
Personal research 32
Change in health plan coverage 23
Expense 16
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Duration

Currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 45
10 years or more 32

Stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 135
1 - 6 months 164
6 months - 1 year 100
1 - 2 years 110
2 - 5 years 168
5 - 10 years 82
10 years or more 47
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 735
Usually 300
Sometimes 169
Never taken as prescribed 29
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 41
Somewhat hard to take 127
A little hard to take 196
Not at all hard to take 869
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 18
$25-49 72
< $25 692
Not specified 446

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Tramadol (Ultram) 64
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 18
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 9
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 9
Ibuprofen (Ibuprofen Prescription) 9

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Patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 43
Tramadol (Ultram) 40
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 23
Morphine (Morphine ER) 15
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 11

Show all 48 treatments patients report switching to

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131 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: 5 x 325 mg-10 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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