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 512 233
Fibromyalgia 190 69
Headaches 81 21
Migraine headaches 31 12
Back pain 22 14

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 20
Moderate 91
Mild 105
None 104

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

Side effect Patients
Constipation 68
Sleepiness 16
Drowsiness 11
Chronic constipation 9
Nausea 9
Dry mouth 8

Show all 69 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Dosage Patients
300mg-30mg as needed 10
300-30mg as needed 5
30mg as needed 4
2 x 300-30 mg four times daily 3
2tablet(s) as needed 3
300-15mg as needed 3
300-60mg as needed 3
6 tab(s) daily 2
300 mg-30 mg daily 2
300-30 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 62
Doctor's advice 54
Other 40
Side effects too severe 34
Course of treatment ended 26
Personal research 9
Change in health plan coverage 5
See all 187 patients who've stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Duration

Currently taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 27

Stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 38
1 - 6 months 43
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 178
Usually 78
Sometimes 54
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 29
A little hard to take 50
Not at all hard to take 233
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 15
< $25 154
Not specified 150

What people switch to and from

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

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 8
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 7
Morphine (Morphine ER) 3
Acetaminophen (paracetamol)-caffeine-codeine (Ratio-Lenoltec #3) 2
Codeine (Codeine Contin) 2

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

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

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 13
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 6
Codeine (Codeine Contin) 4
Hydrocodone 2
Morphine (Morphine ER) 2

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching to

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29 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

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 23, 2014 (Started Aug 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in hip(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hip bursitis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (itchy scalp, itchy nose, itchy eyes, itchy ears, itching, constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg-30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Only lasts 4-6 hours, so I would take one before bed, but then wake up in the middle of the night with pain and have to take another one. I have switched to 12-hour time-released codeine contin, so I can sleep right through the night.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 30, 2012 (Started Aug 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in hip(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hip bursitis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (itchy scalp, itchy nose, itchy eyes, itchy ears, itching, constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg-30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 7, 2012 (Started Aug 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for torticollis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hip bursitis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (itchy scalp, itchy nose, itchy eyes, itchy ears, itching, constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg-30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 10, 2010 (Started Aug 27, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg-30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Gave me a good night's sleep.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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