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 557 180
Back pain 119 43
Fibromyalgia 107 33
Migraine headaches 23 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 14
Moderate 60
Mild 79
None 101

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 8
1tablet(s) as needed 5
10mg as needed 3
7.5 mg twice daily 2
20 mg daily 2
10 mg three times daily 2
1mg as needed 2
2tablet(s) as needed 2
500mg as needed 2
5mg 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 48
Other 43
Course of treatment ended 35
Side effects too severe 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 4
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Hydrocodone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 24
1 - 6 months 43
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 151
Usually 68
Sometimes 28
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 31
A little hard to take 40
Not at all hard to take 177
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 2
$50-99 6
$25-49 13
< $25 145
Not specified 85

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Vicodin) 4
Tramadol (Ultram) 4
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 3
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet 5/325) 3
Morphine (Morphine ER) 2

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydrocodone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet 5/325) 5
Tramadol (Ultram) 5
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 4
Morphine (Morphine ER) 3
Fentanyl Transdermal Patch (Duragesic) 2

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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39 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone

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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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whatacall
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whatacall
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Little
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: Little
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: little
Description:F55y
FM:4y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Dec 2, 2014 (Started Oct 06, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pneumonia with pleurisy)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Influenza A (flu virus))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pleurisy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Oct 12, 2014 (Started Oct 06, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pneumonia with pleurisy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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