Mixing Oxymorphone Hydrochloride with Alcohol
Common side effects of oxymorphone hydrochloride use include drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, and constipation. Side effects can become more severe when oxymorphone hydrochloride is mixed with other substances.
Share with your doctor if you’re taking other opioid pain relievers, cough suppressants, sleep medications, muscle relaxants, or antihistamines. Alcohol and marijuana use should be disclosed as well.
Oxymorphone is ten times more powerful than morphine and can be highly addictive for many patients. Extended-release versions are currently the only variety of oxymorphone available by prescription in the US. Extended-release tablets have a higher drug content that’s designed to be released gradually over an extended period. Crushing up the pill bypasses this extended-release feature and increases the chance of overdose.
The primary risk associated with drinking alcohol while taking oxymorphone hydrochloride is severe respiratory depression. Both alcohol and oxymorphone hydrochloride act as central nervous system depressants. Their combined effects can cause breathing to become insufficient and deprive the brain and heart of oxygen.
Any substance that acts as a central nervous system depressant can have compounding effects on the respiratory drive. Combining alcohol consumption with oxymorphone hydrochloride use can lead to respiratory failure. In such cases, an opioid antagonist will need to be administered in order to reverse the effects of oxymorphone.
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