Mixing Alcohol & Pentazocine
While there are certain protections built into medications with pentazocine to avoid misuse, it’s still possible this drug could become habit-forming. It’s also possible that someone could become dependent on pentazocine. When someone is potentially going to be prescribed pentazocine, their doctor should be made aware of any history they could have of substance misuse, including alcohol, prescription drugs or street drugs.
- Concentration problems
- Impaired thinking
- Impaired judgment
- Problems with memories or blackouts
These symptoms are common, but severe symptoms are also possible when mixing alcohol and pentazocine. Both alcohol and pentazocine are central nervous system depressants, which is why side effects can be dangerous. Severe possible effects of mixing alcohol and pentazocine can include low blood pressure, fainting, respiratory distress, coma or death. When someone mixes alcohol and an opioid like pentazocine, the alcohol increases the concentration of the medication in the blood. That’s what can potentially lead to respiratory distress, depression or an overdose.
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