Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 94 41
Fibromyalgia 47 18
Muscle and joint pain 24 9
Back pain 10 4
Migraine 6 4
Migraine headaches 6 1

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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 5
Moderate 14
Mild 22
None 22

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Codeine

Side effect Patients
Constipation 12
Drowsiness 5
Chronic constipation 3
Fatigue 3
Nausea 3
Allergic reaction 2

Show all 37 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Codeine

Dosage Patients
60 mg four times daily 3
30mg as needed 3
2 tablet(s) daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1
15 tablet(s) daily 1
20 mg daily 1
30 mg three times daily 1
100 mg daily 1
30 mg four times daily 1
60 mg twice daily 1

See all 14 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Codeine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 12
Did not seem to work 11
Other 11
Side effects too severe 8
Course of treatment ended 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
See all 37 patients who’ve stopped taking Codeine

Duration

Currently taking Codeine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Codeine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 13
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 39
Usually 21
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 42
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 23
Not specified 37

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Codeine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 3
Tramadol (Ultram) 3
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 2
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Codeine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 4
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 1
Naproxen Prescription (Naproxen 500) 1
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7 patient evaluations for Codeine

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Srs2388
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Srs2388
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 28y
  • Duration: ? yrs
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Severe
  • Physical: Severe
1 seizure
9 weeks ago
I am: vb
I have:
Epilepsy

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Nov 12, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Four times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 12, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Four times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Nadira
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Nadira
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
56 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See Nadira's full Codeine history

Dec 15, 2014 (Started Dec 13, 2014)

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

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Fluff4brains
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Fluff4brains
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 50
Condition: Glioblastoma 6 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Glioblastoma

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Dec 5, 2014 (Started Oct 20, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Drowsiness, Chronic constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I've backed off taking codeine again, simply because of the constipation. I prefer having to wake up and take extra paracetamol or ibuprofen and enjoy a natural intestinal rhythm. As a post-op pain relief, great. As a long term solution, I'll look elsewhere.

Nov 24, 2014 (Started Oct 20, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness, Chronic constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Codeine has a great side benefit in that it makes me a little drowsy - it really helps my insomnia, so now I take Codeine once a night, which still slows the bowels down but fibre, water and the occasional suppository helps that along. Using Codeine means I can get through the night without topping up the painkillers too. One is enough.

Nov 10, 2014 (Started Oct 20, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Drowsiness, Chronic constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Codeine really knocked my seizure and surgery pain into a cocked hat. Very effective, but I have never experienced constipation like it. Seriously, first six, then seven days without bowel movements, and when the earth DID finally move, 5 hours of discomfort. I was under strict instructions not to 'strain at stool' so to speak, so a poop shute full of fecal coal (colinic impaction) with diarrhea building up pressure to get by meant that I gave up codeine for a twiddly mixture of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. Still on Lactulose Solution and suppositories but returning to normal. Would still use codeine for major pain relief, but only for a day or two.

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