What is Hydrocodone ER?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Hysingla ER Zohydro Vantrela ER

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Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeine is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from two of naturally occurring opiates, codeine and thebaine. It is an orally active narcotic analgesic and antitussive. It is commonly available in tablet, capsule, and syrup form and is often used in combination with other agents.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 569 193
Fibromyalgia 110 35
Back pain 105 43
Migraine headaches 23 8
Headaches 20 5
Muscle pain 14 2

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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 16
Moderate 60
Mild 81
None 106

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocodone ER

Side effect Patients
Constipation 31
Drowsiness 29
Problems concentrating 17
Important decision making impaired 11
Nausea and vomiting 11
Brain fog 10

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocodone ER

Dosage Patients
1tablet(s) as needed 6
10mg as needed 5
500mg as needed 4
7.5mg as needed 3
10 mg daily 2
7.5 mg twice daily 2
20 mg daily 2
10 mg four times daily 2
5mg as needed 2
1 tablet(s) daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Hydrocodone ER

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 57
Doctor's advice 49
Other 44
Side effects too severe 38
Course of treatment ended 35
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 2
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Duration

Currently taking Hydrocodone ER

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 12

Stopped taking Hydrocodone ER

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 26
1 - 6 months 43
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 159
Usually 69
Sometimes 28
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 30
A little hard to take 40
Not at all hard to take 186
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 2
$50-99 6
$25-49 13
< $25 151
Not specified 88

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone ER after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 6
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 4
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 3
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 3
Morphine (Morphine ER) 2

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Patients stopped taking Hydrocodone ER and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 6
Tramadol (Ultram) 6
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 5
Morphine (Morphine ER) 3
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic-50) 2

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40 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone ER

Feb 1, 2017 (Started Dec 21, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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Feb 23, 2015 (Started Feb 03, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Only use as needed, effective if used only when absolutely needed for pain
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Dec 15, 2014 (Started Oct 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Twice daily

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