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Can I use Vicodin if I have a history of lung disease?

You may be able to take the prescription pain medication Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) if you have lung disease, but you should be extra cautious. Like all medications that contain a narcotic, Vicodin can interfere with breathing in people who already have respiratory difficulties. Make sure your doctor knows you have a lung condition (such as COPD or asthma) before you start taking Vicodin. He or she may change your dose or give you a different pain medication.

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