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 1,882 740
Fibromyalgia 818 339
Pain in lower back 410 196
Back pain 101 67
Muscle pain 77 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
76
Moderate
221
Mild
436
None
421

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Side effect Patients
Constipation 169
Drowsiness 59
Nausea 53
Sleepiness 51
Dizziness 25
Itching 22

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Dosage Patients
325-10 mg four times daily 25
500mg-5mg as needed 20
325-10 mg three times daily 16
325-5mg as needed 16
325mg-10mg as needed 14
325-10mg as needed 11
325mg-5mg as needed 11
325 mg-10 mg four times daily 10
325-5 mg three times daily 9
325-7.5 mg three times daily 8

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Why patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

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Reason Patients
Other 210
Did not seem to work 207
Doctor's advice 182
Course of treatment ended 141
Side effects too severe 113
Personal research 30
Change in health plan coverage 21
Expense 15
See all 706 patients who've stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration

Currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 32
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 38
2 - 5 years 111
5 - 10 years 129
10 years or more 72

Stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 118
1 - 6 months 159
6 months - 1 year 99
1 - 2 years 102
2 - 5 years 155
5 - 10 years 68
10 years or more 37
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 683
Usually 288
Sometimes 157
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 40
Somewhat hard to take 116
A little hard to take 189
Not at all hard to take 809
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 17
$25-49 75
< $25 662
Not specified 395

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 56
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 13
Morphine (Morphine ER) 8
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 8
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 7

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 38
Tramadol (Ultram) 35
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 22
Morphine (Morphine ER) 14
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic-50) 8

Show all 42 treatments patients report switching to

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134 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

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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Jun 27, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 19, 2016 (Started Mar 09, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 325 mg-5 mg Three times daily

Oct 1, 2015 (Started Mar 09, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (drug dependence)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 325 mg-5 mg Three times daily

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