Mixing OxyContin with alcohol
Are you considering mixing OxyContin with alcohol?
We’re going to look at the dangers and risks of mixing OxyContin with alcohol here. For example, OxyContin overdose complications include slowed breathing and heart rate. You’ll learn What happens inside your body when these two drugs are combined and what side effects you can expect. Plus, what can go wrong? We invite you to ask questions about mixing OxyContin and alcohol in the comments, as well.
OxyContin and alcohol effects
OxyContin is a powerful prescription painkiller. Its main ingredient is oxycodone, an opiate. OxyContin can cause feelings of euphoria, especially when taken in amounts larger than prescribed. Some people mix Oxys with alcohol to intensify its pleasurable effects. In fact, alcohol has a chemical reaction with OxyContin in the body. But the two chemicals have an additive effect when combined. That means that the effects of the alcohol and OxyContin are both stronger when they’re mixed together, or even taken on the same day. This can cause accidental overdose.
In self-reports, people who have mixed OxyContin with alcohol experienced some of these effects:
- dream-like state
- wandering mind
Dangers of mixing OxyContin and alcohol
Taking alcohol and OxyContin together can result in serious adverse reactions; you can even die OxyContin. This is because of the additive effect they have on one another. Some potentially dangerous effects of mixing OxyContin with alcohol include:
- loss of consciousness
- shallow breathing
- impaired coordination
- slowed heart rate
OxyContin is more dangerous when mixed with alcohol, but the reverse is also true. The alcohol’s sedative effects will be heightened when mixed with any narcotic. Drinking and using OxyContin can cause trouble concentrating and difficulty with coordination. You’re more likely to be involved in an accident or injure yourself, and you’ll also experienc emore intoxication from the alcohol. Not only that, but your alcohol tolerance will be lower than normal. This can lead to alcohol poisoning, so it’s important to be aware of the subjective signs of alcohol intoxication rather than count drinks.
OxyContin and alcohol overdose
It’s much easier to overdose on OxyContin when it’s taken with alcohol. OxyContin becomes stronger and more dangerous when combined with other depressants. In fact, doctors do not recommend mixing the two drugs at all. Sometimes it can be dangerous to take them on the same day, even hours apart, especially if you’re been prescribed an extended release version of OxyContin or chase snorting OxyContin effects.
OxyContin and alcohol deaths
Abusing OxyContin by taking more than a normal dose or by chewing, injecting or snorting OxyContin can cause overdose or even death. This risk increases when you add alcohol. Despite the dangers, OxyContin is often mixed with alcohol. But even normal doses of OxyContin combined with alcohol can cause your breathing to slow or stop completely. The only way to avoid these risks is to decide not to drink at all while on OxyContin.
Is it safe to drink on OxyContin?
No. It’s not safe to ever mix OxyContin and alcohol. The combination brings out the worst in both drugs. In fact, the FDA warns against mixing the two at all. You should ask your doctor for more information on how to stop drinking, if you find the idea of giving up drinking too difficult.
Mixing OxyContin alcohol questions
Do you still have questions about mixing OxyContin with alcohol or other substances? Please leave your OxyContin questions here. We try our best to answer all questions personally, and promptly. And if we don’t know the answer, we will refer you to someone who can help. Your experiences with mixing OxyContin and alcohol are also welcomed here.
Reference Sources: NIAAA pamphlet: Harmful Interactions, Mixing Alcohol with Medicines
Medline Plus: Oxycodone
PubMed: Oxycodone involvement in drug abuse deaths
FDA: Oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution medication guide
DailyMed: Oxycodone drug label
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