Oxaydo is a prescription, single-agent drug prescribed to treat severe, acute pain on an as-needed basis. The active ingredient is the opioid oxycodone. Oxaydo is unique in that it has a misuse-deterrent feature. If someone tries to disrupt the tablet for intranasal use, it is supposed to create a burning sensation in their nose. In some cases, Oxaydo can be prescribed for chronic pain in people who can’t tolerate other drugs or who don’t receive enough pain relief from other types of medications. Despite the misuse-deterrent feature, Oxaydo comes with a black box warning regarding the misuse and dependence potential. Oxycodone is one of the most widely misused prescription drugs and is a central part of the opioid epidemic currently happening in the U.S. Oxycodone-based drugs are powerful and can create a strong high when misused, and they’re also relatively readily available.
Oxaydo and other opioid drugs are Schedule II controlled substances in the U.S. Schedule II drugs are indicated by the DEA to have a high potential for psychological and physical dependence. When a drug is a Schedule II controlled substance, there are strict regulations regarding not only how it’s used, but also how it’s prescribed and dispensed. Unfortunately, even with these regulatory guidelines, oxycodone-based drugs continue to be commonly misused. Before a doctor prescribes an opioid like Oxaydo, they should go over a patient’s full medical history and, in particular, any history of substance misuse. Along with Oxaydo, other brand-name drugs containing oxycodone include OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan and Roxicet.
Around 70 percent of Americans say they have had alcohol on at least one occasion in the past year. Oxycodone-based drugs are widely prescribed and misused. It stands to reason that there are scenarios where people are mixing alcohol and Oxaydo or other oxycodone drugs. Unfortunately, just because it’s happening, doesn’t mean it’s safe. It’s quite the opposite, and mixing alcohol and Oxaydo can be deadly.
Both alcohol and Oxaydo are central nervous system depressants, and they can have similar side effects. When they’re combined, these side effects are amplified. Some of the less severe side effects of mixing alcohol and Oxaydo can include:
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- Extreme drowsiness or sedation
- Impaired thinking and judgment
- Low blood pressure
- Feeling faint
- Nausea and vomiting
- Memory impairment or blackouts
- Risky decision-making
While the above side effects can lead to serious complications, even more problematic is respiratory depression. Since alcohol and Oxaydo are both central nervous system depressants, they slow breathing. When someone uses alcohol and Oxaydo together, breathing can slow to a level that is dangerous and leads to an overdose, or brain and organ damage. It’s also possible that mixing alcohol and Oxaydo can cause a coma or death.
If someone is mixing alcohol and Oxaydo, the results can very quickly and suddenly turn deadly. It can also be representative of a substance misuse problem or addiction involving more than one substance. For someone who is mixing alcohol and Oxaydo or any other opioid, it’s important to seek help. This can include a medical detox because the symptoms of alcohol and Oxaydo withdrawal together can be severe. Following a medical detox, the person may benefit from either an inpatient or outpatient rehab program. With multiple addictions, an intensive or inpatient program is often most effective.
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