Interesting reading SE, thanks for posting. We don't have hydrocodone available in Australia I don't think, either with acetaminophen or without. There are more mild ones - codeine/paracetamol (as it's called here) and dextropropoxyphene/paracetamol - but I don't think I don't think I've ever seen strong opiates in combination. Certainly all the IR oxycodone is pure oxycodone. The reason for combining them is that there is a synergistic effect between paracetamol and opiate drugs - theoretically giving better pain relief than if the opiate is taken alone - but I think it should be a choice, especially for chronic pain patients. And obviously it may be a serious health issue for some as well.
I know that when I have severe BT pain I will take paracetamol tablets with my oxy IR, but it's not something I'd want to be forced to do every time I needed to take IR meds.
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