When alcohol is consumed in excess, it can cause dangerous side effects, such as blurred vision, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, and poor judgement. Taken by itself, alcohol can seriously affect one’s ability to drive safely but when taken in combination with other drugs, like opiate pain killers and anti-psychotics, it can be even more unpredictable and dangerous.
For the purpose of this post, we want to discuss the issue of combining Oxycodone with alcohol because opiate medications, such as Oxycodone or OxyContin and Hydrocodone are highly-addictive and frequently abused. Oxycodone is used to treat chronic pain, as well as post-surgery and post-injury pain. When Oxycodone is combined with alcohol, it can be deadly.
Oxy and Alcohol Don’t Mix
Oxycodone is a prescription painkiller that is technically a narcotic and an opiate. It is a Schedule II substance because of its high potential for abuse. Alcohol on the other hand, is a legal substance which is readily available to individuals 21 and over.
If you’re prescribed opioid painkillers, it’s critical that you do not consume alcohol while taking this strong medication. When opioids are combined with alcohol, they can lead to serious, life-threatening side effects due to dangerous drug interactions. Generally, mixing alcohol with prescription opioids, such as Oxycodone and Hydrocodone can lead to the following dangerous side effects:
- Passing out
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulties concentrating
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blood pressure changes
- Loss of coordination
Unfortunately, prescription opioids can be addicting and sometimes the people who abuse these drugs also use or abuse alcohol. That being said, even if the painkiller is taken in the prescribed dose, if it’s combined with a small amount of alcohol, it can lead to serious side effects, which can be life-threatening.
Are you facing driving under the influence of drug or alcohol charges? If so, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for a FREE consultation!