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Who shouldn't take Vicodin?

You shouldn't take the prescription pain medication Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) if you are allergic to any of its ingredients or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a narcotic (such as codeine, morphine and oxycodone).

If you have a history of liver disease, you should use Vicodin with extreme caution. Because it contains acetaminophen, Vicodin comes with a black box warning about potential liver failure and death. People with a history of liver disease are at greater risk for this complication. Give your doctor a complete medical history before you start taking Vicodin so he or she is aware of any past or current medical conditions that could increase your risk of side effects.

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