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I have cold and I'm taking lisinopril in the morning and simvastatin at night with 81mg aspirin as my regular medication. Can I take Vicks Nyquil?

The only real problem between lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), simvastatin (Zocor), aspirin and Vicks Nyquil (acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, doxylamine, pseudoephedrine) is with the decongestant part of the Nyquil, pseudoephedrine (Sudafed). Do not take cough, cold, flu and allergy products containing pseudoephedrine with your blood pressure or heart medication, lisinopril, without talking to your doctor.

Pseudoephedrine may decrease the actions of the heart or blood pressure drug by increasing blood pressure or increasing the risk of palpitations or other side effects. Many prescription and non-prescription products contain pseudoephedrine; read labels carefully before taking any medicine, especially cold medications if you have high blood pressure or heart disease.

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