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    Health Guide
    July 28, 2008
    Health Guide
    July 28, 2008

    You should limit two things when taking Vicodin: you should avoid drinking alcohol and you should be careful about any other over the counter cold, cough, allergy or pain medications that have acetaminophen in them without checking with your pharmacist or doctor.


    This is because Vicodin contains a lot of acetaminophen. If you add more acetaminophen to your system by taking cold, cough, or pain medications, you run the rusk of suffering liver damage.


    Ibuprofen does not contain acetaminophen so you should be fine, but you might check with your doctor to see if he or she wants you to avoid Ibuprofen (for blood clotting or inflammation purposes). Your pharmacist is also another good person to ask about drug interactions, if you have questions in future.


    Because Vicodin can be constipating you should consider drinking more fluids and eating more fiber or a bulk enhancer such as psyllium seed to keep you regular.


    These articles may also be useful:

    Using Tylenol Responsibly

    Let’s Talk Pain Meds



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