What Happens When You Mix Percocet and Alcohol?
Some things are better together. Milk and cookies. Apples and caramel. Donuts and coffee. They all make incontestable combos. Alcohol and percocet, on the other hand, are less than ideal partners. Both substances can have dangerous consequences on their own, especially when misused or overused. So it’s no surprise that their effects are compounded when used together. Combining alcohol with Percocet can lead to serious reactions, including mild symptoms like constipation, all the way up to life-threatening issues like heart colon cancer, heart attack and even death.
What Is Percocet?
As one of the many different types of prescription painkillers, Percocet is a brand name for a medication containing oxycodone and acetaminophen. Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever, while acetaminophen is an active ingredient found in common over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol. This combination is used to treat moderate to severe pain and is available with a script from a doctor. However, it can also be misused to experience feelings of euphoria, making the risks of addiction relatively high. Percocet should only be taken based on a doctor’s recommendation and with extreme care.
What Are the Side Effects of Percocet and Alcohol?
Both Percocet and alcohol carry their own set of risks and side effects. However, when these two substances are combined, they can create a whole new host of negative possibilities. When used in excess, they are particularly dangerous. Because both drugs are addictive on their own, in conjunction, they can create a dangerous cycle of dependence that could leave you debilitated in more ways than one. Some of the physical side effects of dual use may include:
- Dry mouth
- Impaired thinking and judgement
- Low blood pressure
- Depressed respiration
- Liver failure
- Heart attack
- Liver problems
- Colon cancer
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Dangers of Mixing Percocet and Alcohol
Percocet displays explicit warning labels against combining it with alcohol. While alcohol is a normal part of life for many, it doesn’t come without risks. In fact, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that 88,000 deaths a year are attributed to alcohol, making it the fourth largest preventable killer in the United States. When it is added alongside prescription drugs like Percocet, it is even more lethal. Impaired judgement can make it difficult to remember the last dose of medication and leads some to overuse both substances. Using alcohol in combination with the opioid painkiller puts you at higher risk for both overdose and alcohol poisoning, and ultimately death. If you or someone you know has developed an unhealthy relationship to either or both substances, it is important to seek help to overcome potential addiction and misuse.
Treatment for Percocet and Alcohol
There are a variety of treatment options for alcohol and prescription drug abuse. If you are addicted to either or both substances, the first step toward healing is medical detox, a supervised process that allows you to safely and medically transition away from harmful substances. After a thorough detox, you can transition into a residential or outpatient treatment program to continue therapy and learn how to thrive without the binds of alcohol and Percocet.
The Recovery Village has a collection of centers across the United States specializing in treating drug and alcohol addiction, along with co-occurring disorders (addiction and mental health issues together). If you need more information about treatment options or are ready to seek help, contact The Recovery Village to speak with an take coordinator who can help you identify the best course of action.