Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 97 41
Fibromyalgia 51 21
Muscle and joint pain 26 9
Back pain 8 3
Migraine 6 4

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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 16
Mild 25
None 19

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Codeine

Side effect Patients
Constipation 16
Drowsiness 5
Chronic constipation 3
Fatigue 3
Nausea 3
Brain fog 2

Show all 34 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Codeine

Dosage Patients
30mg as needed 4
30 mg four times daily 3
20mg as needed 2
2 tablet(s) daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1
15 tablet(s) daily 1
30 mg daily 1
50 mg daily 1
60 mg daily 1
30 mg three times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Codeine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 14
Did not seem to work 13
Other 12
Side effects too severe 7
Course of treatment ended 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Codeine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Codeine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 13
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 43
Usually 20
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 41
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 24
Not specified 39

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Codeine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 6
Paracetamol-dihydrocodeine (Co-Dydramol) 3
Tramadol (Ultram) 3
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 2
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 2

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Codeine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 5
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 1
Naproxen Prescription (Naprosyn) 1
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 1
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6 patient evaluations for Codeine

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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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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Nov 2, 2014 (Started Apr 22, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in upper back)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for unrefreshing or poor sleep)
  • Side effects
    Severe (itchy scalp, itchy nose, itchy eyes, itchy ears, constipation, itching)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If I don't take a diphenhydramine with it, the itching drives me crazy. Also have to take 5 tsp. psyllium a day so I am not constipated.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 30, 2014 (Started Apr 22, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (itchy scalp, itchy nose, itchy eyes, itchy ears, constipation, itching)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have to cut the pills open or else they don't work for me. Give me a good night's sleep without being woken up by pain.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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