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 499 220
Fibromyalgia 189 65
Headaches 78 20
Migraine headaches 27 10
Back pain 20 13
Muscle and joint pain 20 16

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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 20
Moderate 88
Mild 102
None 95

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

Side effect Patients
Constipation 66
Sleepiness 15
Drowsiness 11
Nausea 10
Dizziness 9
Chronic constipation 8

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Dosage Patients
2 300mg-30mg as needed 7
300mg-30mg as needed 7
300 mg-60 mg four times daily 4
2tablet(s) as needed 4
300-30mg as needed 4
2 x 300 mg-30 mg daily 3
30mg as needed 3
6 tablet(s) daily 2
6 tab(s) daily 2
2 tablet(s) four times daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 56
Doctor's advice 53
Other 37
Side effects too severe 34
Course of treatment ended 22
Personal research 8
Change in health plan coverage 5
See all 177 patients who’ve stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Duration

Currently taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 23

Stopped taking Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 33
1 - 6 months 39
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 169
Usually 73
Sometimes 53
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 26
A little hard to take 49
Not at all hard to take 223
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 14
< $25 148
Not specified 142

What people switch to and from

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

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 7
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 6
Acetaminophen (paracetamol)-caffeine-codeine (Ratio-Lenoltec #3) 2
Codeine (Codeine Contin) 2
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 2

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

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

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 11
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 5
Codeine (Codeine Contin) 3
Morphine (Morphine ER) 2
Paracetamol-dihydrocodeine (Co-Dydramol) 2

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching to

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30 patient evaluations for Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol)

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scorpio1975
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scorpio1975
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: All
Stickman: all
Description:F41y
FM:28y Dx
I am: vb
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See scorpio1975's full Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) history

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

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Srs2388
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Srs2388
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 29y
  • Duration: ? yrs
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Severe
  • Physical: Severe
2 seizures
19 weeks ago
I am: vb
I have:
Epilepsy

See Srs2388's full Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) history

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

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Motivatories
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Motivatories
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: none
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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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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