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 1,786 684
Fibromyalgia 766 312
Pain in lower back 388 181
Back pain 101 66
Muscle pain 76 48
Breakthrough pain 68 41

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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
Severe 69
Moderate 216
Mild 411
None 381

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Side effect Patients
Constipation 160
Drowsiness 54
Nausea 54
Sleepiness 48
Dizziness 24
Brain fog 23

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Dosage Patients
500mg-5mg as needed 16
325 mg-10 mg four times daily 12
325-10 mg four times daily 11
325-10 mg three times daily 10
325mg-10mg as needed 10
325mg-5mg as needed 9
325-5mg as needed 8
325mg-7.5mg as needed 7
325-5 mg twice daily 6
325 mg-7.5 mg three times daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

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Reason Patients
Other 195
Did not seem to work 186
Doctor's advice 165
Course of treatment ended 127
Side effects too severe 106
Personal research 29
Change in health plan coverage 20
Expense 14
See all 653 patients who’ve stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration

Currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 94
5 - 10 years 92
10 years or more 57

Stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 106
1 - 6 months 154
6 months - 1 year 98
1 - 2 years 99
2 - 5 years 134
5 - 10 years 62
10 years or more 32
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 626
Usually 273
Sometimes 153
Never taken as prescribed 25
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 37
Somewhat hard to take 107
A little hard to take 180
Not at all hard to take 753
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 2
$50-99 16
$25-49 69
< $25 626
Not specified 362

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 42
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 8
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 6
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 6
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 6

Show all 39 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 29
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 25
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 18
Morphine (Morphine ER) 11
Fentanyl Transdermal Patch (Duragesic) 8

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching to

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132 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

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dwdad
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dwdad
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 63
Condition: Chronic Pain Syndrome 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
I am: g
I have:
Chronic Pain Syndrome

See dwdad's full Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen history

Jan 27, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 325-10 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: Take as prescribed. Will build tolerance quickly if you take more than prescribed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Mare
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Mare
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: g
I have:
MS

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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

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ljpwrites
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ljpwrites
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 63
Condition: CNS Lupus 10 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
CNS Lupus

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Oct 22, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I have now switched to having my pharmacist compound hydrocodone without any tylenol in it.  My doctor was hesitant to prescribe this for me because my kidney function has deteriorated recently, and to my surprise he did not know the pharmacy could compound it.  I knew because I have a dog, and they cannot have the tylenol (at least, it doesn't help them any, and it makes cats very sick).  So, if you are interred, you must first find a compounding pharmacist  (mail order is an option, and you may have to educate your MD.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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