Should I take acetaminophen while drinking alcohol?

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Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
While acetaminophen is quite safe when used correctly, it combines very badly with alcohol. Your liver can't take it. So consider this a public service message from us: do not drink alcohol and take acetaminophen, whether for a hangover or a head cold.

That's smart advice for all drugs, but it's vital with acetaminophen. Keep in mind, too, that acetaminophen is in many, many other medications, from Theraflu to Percocet. Acknowledging the problem, Johnson & Johnson is reducing acetaminophen dosages in maximum-strength Tylenol and various other formulations. Still, it's up to you to take it safely. Please, please do.

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