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 1,912 763
Fibromyalgia 824 339
Pain in lower back 431 205
Back pain 103 69
Muscle pain 78 49

Show all 306 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 73
Moderate 224
Mild 446
None 437

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Side effect Patients
Constipation 172
Drowsiness 59
Nausea 53
Sleepiness 51
Itching 31
Dizziness 25

Show all 188 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Dosage Patients
500mg-5mg as needed 19
325-5mg as needed 17
325-10 mg twice daily 14
325-10 mg four times daily 14
325mg-5mg as needed 14
325-10mg as needed 12
325-10 mg three times daily 11
325mg-10mg as needed 10
325-7.5 mg twice daily 9
325-5 mg three times daily 9

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Why patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

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Reason Patients
Other 221
Did not seem to work 216
Doctor's advice 188
Course of treatment ended 143
Side effects too severe 118
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
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 29
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 95
5 - 10 years 140
10 years or more 69

Stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 132
1 - 6 months 156
6 months - 1 year 97
1 - 2 years 106
2 - 5 years 162
5 - 10 years 77
10 years or more 40
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 703
Usually 290
Sometimes 161
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 40
Somewhat hard to take 117
A little hard to take 193
Not at all hard to take 830
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 18
$25-49 74
< $25 670
Not specified 413

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 59
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 15
Morphine (Morphine ER) 9
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 8
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 8

Show all 50 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 40
Tramadol (Ultram) 39
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 22
Morphine (Morphine ER) 15
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 8

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching to

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135 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

May 29, 2018 (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: $25-49 monthly

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 11, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in knees)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for myofascial pain syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (forgetfulness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 325-7.5 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Since changing jobs, I only need to take this on a rare basis .

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 15, 2018 (Started May 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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