Some people abuse drugs by mixing them with alcohol, and one of the popular medications to do so with is Percocet. There are many risks to mixing Percocet with alcohol, and we’ll explore what it does to our bodies and possible side effects.
The Dangers of Mixing Percocet with Alcohol
Percocet is a painkiller which contains a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone. Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication, sometimes referred to as a narcotic. Acetaminophen is a pain reliever which increases the effects of oxycodone. Used to treat moderate to severe pain, Percocet can only be obtained when prescribed by a medical professional. It can cause feelings of euphoria—especially when taken in higher than normal doses. When used in combination with alcohol, these euphoric feelings can be heightened. The effects of both alcohol and Percocet are increased when taken together. Possible side effects of mixing the two can include:
- dream-like state
- wandering mind
In addition to these seemingly harmless side effects, there are other threatening consequences when mixing alcohol with Percocet. Oxycodone acts as a nervous system depressant, which in turn makes one’s tolerance to alcohol lower than normal. In turn, it can easily lead to alcohol poisoning or even accidental overdose. Other dangerous effects can include:
- loss of consciousness
- impaired coordination
- shallow breathing
- slowed heart rate
No matter what the dose is, it’s not safe to mix alcohol with Percocet. It is recommended to wait until the drug is completely out of the system before using alcohol, which can be anywhere from 6 to 8 hours, depending on the individual. Percocet may not be the best option for certain people, so be sure to be honest with the physician who is prescribing it. Make sure to tell them if any of the following apply:
- a history of alcoholism or drug addiction
- bowel obstruction, severe constipation
- liver disease, cirrhosis, or if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day
- low blood pressure
- asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, or other breathing disorders
- a colostomy or ileostomy
- kidney disease
- a history of head injury, brain tumor, or stroke
Don’t share Percocet with anyone who does not have a prescription—especially if that person has a history of any of the aforementioned conditions. Knowing limits without having consulted a health care professional can be difficult, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
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