What is Hydrocodone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 562 182
Fibromyalgia 108 33
Back pain 103 34
Migraine headaches 23 8
Headaches 20 5
Muscle pain 13 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 58
Mild 80
None 99

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocodone

Side effect Patients
Constipation 30
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

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

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Why patients stopped taking Hydrocodone

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 57
Doctor's advice 48
Other 44
Course of treatment ended 37
Side effects too severe 37
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 2
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Duration

Currently taking Hydrocodone

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 24

Stopped taking Hydrocodone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 26
1 - 6 months 42
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 35
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 148
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 175
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 2
$50-99 6
$25-49 11
< $25 143
Not specified 87

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 5
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 3
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 3
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 2
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
Buprenorphine patch (BuTrans patch) 2

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40 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone

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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