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Old 01-07-2011, 12:14 AM   #1
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Vicodin & ulcer

Can Vicodin cause your stomach ulcer to get worse or not heal? I am taking Zantac to heal my ulcer and keep my gerd under control but i am not sure if taking vicodin for the pain will harm my stomach or effect the healing process. I have taken vicodin and it has helped a lot with the pain.

 
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Re: Vicodin & ulcer

Vicodin wont make your ulcer worse, but you would be a lot better off taking a dose of Mylanta or Maaloxx for your ulcer pain, rather than analgesic pills
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Re: Vicodin & ulcer

I'm going to slightly disagree with Johnnstar. It shouldn't, but it might. I find my not-quite-ulcer gastritis is irritated by a lot of medicines, including Tylenol, which is an ingredient in Vicodin.

If it's for the ulcer pain, then definitely, antacid tablets or liquid, or pepto-bismol. Those will actually address the cause of the pain.

Have you ever been tested for H. Pylori infection? The cheapest way is a blood test, although the breath test is more reliable. If you have the infection, you need antibiotics to cure your ulcer.

 
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Re: Vicodin & ulcer

As with any pain reliever, you can experience some discomfort but less so with a Tylenol-based product. Are you having acid issues constantly through out the day? Taking a PPI for a short term period may be the solution to allow your stomach to heal.

 
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Re: Vicodin & ulcer

Neither hydrocodone or acetaminophen have been shown to increase rates of gastric ulcer or retard healing, unlike NSAID's.

Acetaminophen is the recomended analgesic for ulcer patients.

A PPI (eg Prilosec) is generaly a better medicine for ulcer healing than Zantac (stronger acid suppressor). Keep some antacid with you, and take the appropriate dose whenever you experience ulcer pain
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