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I have been taking hydrocodeine after surgery. It is my 5 year

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I have been taking hydrocodeine after surgery. It is my 5 year wedding anniversary and my husband has ordered us champagne to go with dinner. My last 30mg tablet was taken at 4:30pm. Dinner is at 9pm. Am I okay to have 1 glass of champagne if I don't take any other pain killers?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

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yes, you can have a glass of champagne with dinner with some food in your stomach.

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is the hydrocodeine pain pills causing you constipation?

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congrats on the 5 yr wedding anniversary.

Customer: Thanks. I also had 400mg of ibuprofen at the same time. That shouldn't be an issue, should it?
Dr. David :

no, that should be fine.

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but make sure you take the ibuprofen also with food in your stomach

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and with plenty of water

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ibuprofen can tax your kidneys.

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and alcohol taxes your kidneys as well.

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so make sure you drink water as well during dinner.

Customer: Thank you . It was causing constipation, but after lots of prune juice, my system seems almost back to normal. Thanks for your help.
Dr. David :

food in your stomach when you drink the champagne can also decrease the absorption of the alcohol into your system.

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Customer: Thank you very much! Last question...how long does it take for hydrocodeine to leave the system?
Dr. David :

hydrocodone has a 1/2 life of about 4 hours.

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so in 4 hours the dose is 1/2 of the dose before

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8 hours, 1/4 of the dose.

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12 hours, 1/8, etc. .....

Customer: Thanks very much. So by the time I drink, there will be 15mg in my body roughly?
Dr. David :

I see.

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good luck

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only one glass with food.

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and drink plenty of water as well.

Customer: Is that bad?
Dr. David :

most likely it will be fine.

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some doctors would recommend no alcohol at all

Customer: Okay. Thank you for the advice.
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