What is Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Tylenol with Codeine #3 Co-codamol Solpadol Show all

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See also: Codeine

Codeine is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of codeine. The combination of acetaminophen and codeine is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 501 225
Fibromyalgia 191 68
Headaches 79 20
Migraine headaches 29 11
Back pain 21 13

Show all 127 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 20
Moderate 90
Mild 102
None 98

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Side effect Patients
Constipation 66
Sleepiness 15
Drowsiness 12
Chronic constipation 9
Nausea 9
Dry mouth 8

Show all 76 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Dosage Patients
300mg-30mg as needed 10
300-30mg as needed 7
300-30 mg four times daily 3
300 mg-60 mg four times daily 3
6 tablet(s) daily 2
6 tab(s) daily 2
8 other daily 2
8 tablet(s) four times daily 2
300 mg-30 mg daily 2
300-30 mg twice daily 2

See all 53 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 60
Doctor's advice 54
Other 37
Side effects too severe 34
Course of treatment ended 22
Personal research 9
Change in health plan coverage 5
See all 182 patients who've stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Duration

Currently taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 21

Stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 35
1 - 6 months 42
6 months - 1 year 30
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 170
Usually 76
Sometimes 54
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 26
A little hard to take 50
Not at all hard to take 226
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 14
< $25 151
Not specified 144

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 8
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 6
Acetaminophen (paracetamol)-caffeine-codeine (Ratio-Lenoltec #3) 2
Codeine (Codeine Contin) 2
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 2

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 12
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 6
Codeine (Codeine Contin) 3
Morphine (Morphine ER) 2
Paracetamol-dihydrocodeine (Co-Dydramol) 2

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

30 patient evaluations for Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Aug 22, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: constipation

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: constipation

Jun 18, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Causes severe constipation so I only take it when I absolutely have too.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: constipation

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 9, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg-60 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: It's very weak for someone I'm good agony... Even exceeding the dose greatly... Guess I'll suffer. I hope you're helps someone out.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 4, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg-60 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: It's very weak for someone I'm good agony... Even exceeding the dose greatly... Guess I'll suffer. I hope you're helps someone out.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 3, 2014 (Started Aug 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: is no better than less less expensive analgesics
Cost: < $25 monthly

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