What is Hydrocodone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Hysingla ER Zohydro

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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 564 187
Back pain 121 45
Fibromyalgia 110 34
Migraine headaches 25 10
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 15
Moderate 60
Mild 78
None 107

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocodone

Side effect Patients
Constipation 30
Drowsiness 29
Problems concentrating 17
Brain fog 13
Important decision making impaired 11
Nausea and vomiting 11

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocodone

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

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Why patients stopped taking Hydrocodone

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 56
Doctor's advice 50
Other 43
Side effects too severe 37
Course of treatment ended 35
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 2
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Duration

Currently taking Hydrocodone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Hydrocodone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 26
1 - 6 months 43
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 156
Usually 69
Sometimes 28
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 31
A little hard to take 40
Not at all hard to take 182
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 2
$50-99 6
$25-49 13
< $25 149
Not specified 87

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 5
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 and switched to:

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

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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40 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone

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bjrmeb
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bjrmeb
Gender: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Little
Sleep: Little
Stiffness: Most
function: Little
external_stress: None
Stickman: some
Description:F57y
FM:24y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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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Jimmie
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Jimmie
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

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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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eagleman68
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eagleman68
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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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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