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 1942 783
Fibromyalgia 829 345
Pain in lower back 450 215
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 73
Moderate 228
Mild 462
None 448

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 172
Drowsiness 61
Nausea 53
Sleepiness 49
Itching 32
Dizziness 26

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Dosage Patients Percentage
325-10 mg three times daily 14
325-10mg as needed 12
325-5mg as needed 10
500mg-5mg as needed 10
325-10 mg twice daily 8
325-10 mg four times daily 8
325-5 mg daily 6
325-5 mg three times daily 5
325 mg-10 mg four times daily 5
2 500mg-5mg as needed 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 217
Doctor's advice 199
Course of treatment ended 149
Side effects too severe 118
Personal research 31
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 4
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 53
5 - 10 years 83
10 years or more 58

Stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 134
1 - 6 months 162
6 months - 1 year 98
1 - 2 years 109
2 - 5 years 167
5 - 10 years 79
10 years or more 47
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 721
Usually 296
Sometimes 166
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 42
Somewhat hard to take 122
A little hard to take 195
Not at all hard to take 852
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 18
$25-49 72
< $25 684
Not specified 432

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Tramadol (Ultram) 64
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 17
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) 42
Tramadol (Ultram) 41
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 23
Morphine (Morphine ER) 14
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 11

Show all 47 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: 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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