Dangers of Mixing Roxicodone and Alcohol

Dangers of Mixing Roxicodone and AlcoholRoxicodone is the brand name of oxycodone hydrochloride, an opioid analgesic prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic that is effective in the treatment of pain, but use is accompanied by a high risk for addiction. Roxicodone interacts with the central nervous system to alter how the body perceives pain.

Roxicodone Side Effects

Roxicodone should be used precisely as prescribed, because there are a range of negative side effects that can occur. Some of these can be quite severe and may include the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Lethargy
  • Heart palpitations
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Stomach pain
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Euphoria
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Tremors
  • Blurred vision
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Respiratory problems

These side effects can be controlled by talking with your doctor and adjusting dosage or medication, if needed. They should not be ignored, as these side effects can be uncomfortable or exacerbate or lead to physical concerns.

Combining Prescription Drugs and Alcohol

Alcohol use is contraindicated for most prescribed medications and over-the-counter drugs. Even a minimal amount of alcohol can do the following:

  • Counteract the medicinal benefit of the prescribed medication
  • Interfere with the efficacy of the medication
  • Cause a negative interactive reaction
  • Exacerbate the side effects of the medication

Roxicodone and other prescription drug use can already involve multiple negative side effects, so adding to these issues by using alcohol is inadvisable.

Potential Reactions When Using Alcohol and Roxicodone

Users and even doctors cannot predict the exact reaction a person may experience when consuming alcohol and taking Roxicodone. Some of the variables that factor into potential reactions include the following:

  • How much Roxicodone is taken
  • How much alcohol is consumed
  • If Roxicodone is being used as prescribed or is being taken more often

Without knowing exactly how a person may respond to the combination of alcohol and Roxicodone, side effects vary significantly and can include the following:

  • Slowed breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Excessive drowsiness
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Fainting

In the most severe cases the combination of alcohol and Roxicodone can be lethal.

Why People Mix Alcohol and Roxicodone

When a person is experiencing the moderate to severe pain for which Roxicodone is prescribed, they are often consumed by this pain. This makes it difficult for them to think clearly and logically. He or she may not stop to consider the harms of having a glass of wine, or he or she may drink intentionally in an ill-advised attempt to manage side effects or remaining pain symptoms. When a person is taking Roxicodone, just a minimal amount of alcohol may have a negative impact.
When a person drinks alcohol with the hopes of further masking pain, they are not thinking logically and are only interest in relieving pain to the greatest extent possible in the shortest period of time. Unfortunately this type of thinking can be dangerous and does not lead to long-term healing.

End the Dangers of Mixing Roxicodone and Alcohol

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