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 1,935 770
Fibromyalgia 831 344
Pain in lower back 436 209
Back pain 105 70
Muscle pain 78 49

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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 73
Moderate 225
Mild 453
None 439

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Side effect Patients
Constipation 173
Drowsiness 60
Nausea 53
Sleepiness 51
Itching 32
Dizziness 25

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Dosage Patients
500mg-5mg as needed 19
325-10 mg three times daily 17
325-10 mg four times daily 17
325-5mg as needed 17
325-10mg as needed 16
325-5 mg three times daily 12
325mg-5mg as needed 12
325-10 mg twice daily 10
325mg-10mg as needed 10
325-5 mg daily 8

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Why patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 220
Did not seem to work 217
Doctor's advice 190
Course of treatment ended 142
Side effects too severe 116
Personal research 31
Change in health plan coverage 22
Expense 16
See all 736 patients who've stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration

Currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 95
5 - 10 years 137
10 years or more 72

Stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 129
1 - 6 months 157
6 months - 1 year 96
1 - 2 years 106
2 - 5 years 163
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 41
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 709
Usually 292
Sometimes 162
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 40
Somewhat hard to take 119
A little hard to take 196
Not at all hard to take 835
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 18
$25-49 74
< $25 671
Not specified 422

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 59
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 15
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 8
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 8
Morphine (Morphine ER) 8

Show all 51 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 41
Tramadol (Ultram) 40
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 23
Morphine (Morphine ER) 15
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 10

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching to

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136 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Sep 17, 2009 (Started Sep 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg-5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It grieves me v. much to hear all the negative press and judgementalism about Vicodin users. Of all the treatments I have tried, 1/2 a tab of Vicodin, taken about 4 times a day has been the absolute best treatment, with virtually zero side effects, and allows me to think clearly, and accomplish my studies as a full-time student, as well as work fulltime. Right now, I have had the ability to obtain this drug curtailed by the doubts of my physicians and worries that I am going to abuse it. I suppose this comes from real reports of so many other abusers. However, during the rare times when my pain level is very low, I feel no need to take it and do not take it. So that is my side of the story. If I did not use Vicodin, the most effective agent that allows me the freedom to be the most active in society, I would have spent many more days home from work in bed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 11 helpful marks

Jan 22, 2009 (Started Jan 22, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: If taking this med for a long period of time and even though the med was never abused, it is living hell getting off of it. Please do it slowly and not cold turkey. I only take it now when I have an extremely high level of pain that the Tramadol does not get rid of.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks

Jul 28, 2011 (Started Mar 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 31, 2010 (Started Mar 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: when a flare begins, taking 1/2 to 1 tablet will often allow me to feel well enough to muster the energy needed to care for my dog and personal care, including being able to wash my hair. (shampooing is one of the most difficult tasks, vacuuming the carpet is a close tie)
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 24, 2010 (Started Mar 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: hydrocodone worked very well for my pain, which is a mix of fibro and chronic myofascial pain, along with an injury to my left shoulder from Oct 2009 (still not healed as of May 2010). It was necessary to stop take this drug in order to start LDN for Fibro pain. So far, I'm not certain that Fibro is my real diagnosis, as the muscle pain remains in my back, chest and arms. The all over aching of Fibro is still in the background, but is so much more quiet than anytime in the past 16 yrs.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 14, 2010 (Started Mar 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: taking 1/2 tab provides excellent pain relief and clears brain fog. Effects last approx 12-18 hrs.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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