Alfentanil Mixing It with Alcohol

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Drinking alcohol while receiving alfentanil treatment can lead to drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, difficulty concentrating, and impaired thinking and judgment. More serious reactions can include low blood pressure, respiratory distress, fainting, coma, and death.

Do not drink alcohol while receiving alfentanil. Check all your medications for alcohol content, such as cold medicines, to ensure that you don’t accidentally consume alcohol products before your treatment.

Tell your doctor about your complete medical history, including prescriptions, non-prescriptions, vitamins, supplements and alcohol consumption habits, so they can decide if alfentanil is the right medication during and after your procedure. Informing your doctor of your complete medical history will assist them in making the best and safest choice for your care.

Alfentanil Mixing It with Alcohol

Alfentanil is a short-acting opioid anesthetic, which is structurally similar to fentanyl. The difference with alfentanil is that its effects are fast acting and it has about 1/4 or less the strength of fentanyl. Alfentanil is an injectable drug that is used for pain after surgery and as a maintenance drug under general anesthesia.

The FDA has listed alfentanil as a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substance Act. This means that this prescription drug has a high potential for physical or psychological dependence and abuse.

As with most prescriptions, alfentanil carries with it a chance of side effects. Some common side effects include nausea, headache, hypotension, pain on injection site, itching, respiratory depression, sleepiness/dizziness/drowsiness, or vomiting.

Some other side effects are rare but can occur, including:

  1. Slow heart rate
  2. Coughing
  3. Excitation
  4. Hypertension
  5. Laryngospasm/bronchospasm
  6. Muscle rigidity
  7. Shivering/feeling of cold
  8. Fast heart rate
  9. Urinary retention
  10. Visual disturbances
  11. Hiccups

Inform your doctor about any reactions you have while receiving alfentanil so that you and your condition can be properly monitored. This not only ensures your safety and health while on alfentanil, but it helps your doctors provide you with the best care.

Mixing alcohol with alfentanil can lead to serious side effects, including death. Avoid consuming alcohol before your alfentanil treatment and until your doctor says you are safe to consume alcohol. Keep your doctor informed about all drugs you’re taking to avoid interactions.

Alfentanil Mixing It with Alcohol

Alfentanil is an opioid anesthetic and should not be mixed with alcohol. Doing so can lead to a variety of side effects, including death. Don’t take the chance that these side effects will not happen to you. Avoid alcohol and anything containing alcohol during your alfentanil treatment.

Be honest with your doctor about your alcohol habits and whether you feel that you can abstain from using alcohol while taking alfentanil. If you feel that you cannot avoid alcohol while receiving this medication, discuss other options with your doctor. Together you can make a decision that is right for you.

If you feel that you or a loved one is misusing or abusing alfentanil or alcohol, don’t wait to get help. Go online to or call 24/7 to our toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825 to learn more about the road to recovery. We can help you begin to overcome your addiction today.

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