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

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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

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136 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Sep 4, 2008 (Started May 04, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (lightheadedness, sleeplessness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: lightheadedness, sleeplessness

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Aug 19, 2008 (Started Jun 30, 1998)

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

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May 29, 2003 (Started May 29, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (stomach problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: stomach problems

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