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Codeine for Acute Pain for Urological or General Surgery Patients: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness

Last updated: December 2, 2019
Project Number: RC1201-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Drug
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of codeine for patients with acute pain who have undergone general surgery?
  2. What is the clinical effectiveness of codeine with acetaminophen for patients with acute pain who have undergone general surgery?
  3. What is the clinical effectiveness of codeine for patients with acute pain who have undergone urological surgery?
  4. What is the clinical effectiveness of codeine with acetaminophen for patients with acute pain who have undergone urological surgery?

Key Message

No relevant literature was identified regarding the clinical effectiveness of codeine, with or without acetaminophen, for patients with acute pain having undergone urological or general surgery. Thus, the clinical effectiveness of codeine, with or without acetaminophen, for such patients remains unclear.