Dangers of Mixing OxyContin with Alcohol

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There are some dangers of mixing drugs with alcohol. OxyContin is particularly dangerous due to complications from overdose which include slowed breathing and heart rate. Learn what happens in the body when the two drugs are combined and possible other side effects to taking the two together.

Effects of OxyContin and Alcohol

OxyContin is a powerful prescription painkiller. The main ingredient is oxycodone, an opiate. OxyContin can cause feelings of euphoria, especially when taken in larger amounts than prescribed. Some people mix Oxys with alcohol to intensify pleasurable effects. Alcohol has a chemical reaction with OxyContin in the body. Two chemicals have an additive effect when combined. The effects end up being stronger when mixed together which can cause an accidental overdose. Some people who experience the effects include the following issues:

  • Drowsiness
  • Euphoria
  • Dream-like state
  • Relaxation
  • Numbness
  • Wandering mind

Dangers of Mixing

Taking alcohol and OxyContin together may result in serious adverse reactions, even death. The additive effect can result in the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Shallow breathing
  • Overdose
  • Slowed heart rate

OxyContin is more dangerous when mixed with alcohol but 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. Alcohol tolerance may be lower than normal which can lead to alcohol poisoning. It is important to be aware of alcohol intoxication as well as other signs of issues with adding the two substances together.

Abusing OxyContin by taking more than the normal dose by chewing, injecting or snorting the drug can cause overdose or death. The risk increases with alcohol added to the mix. Despite dangers. The drug is often mixed with alcohol anyways. Even normal doses combined with alcohol may slow or stop breathing completely. The only way to avoid this is to not drink at all while using the drug. It is not safe to drink while using this drug.

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