Alcohol and Percocet should never be mixed. Each substance can produce dangerous consequences on its own, especially when used in ways other than directed by a physician.
When combined, the effects of these drugs can worsen. Mixing alcohol with Percocet can lead to mild symptoms, like constipation, or life-threatening issues, like colon cancer, heart attack and even death.
What is Percocet?
Percocet, an opioid prescription painkiller, 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.
Percocet is used to treat moderate to severe pain and is often available with a script from a doctor. However, it can also be misused to experience feelings of euphoria, making the risks of addiction 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 combined, they can create a new host of negative reactions. When used in excess, this combination of substances is 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.
The side effects of using Percocet or alcohol can include:
- Dry mouth
- Impaired thinking and judgment
- Low blood pressure
- Depressed respiration
- Liver failure
- Heart attack
- Liver problems
- Colon cancer
These effects can exacerbate when alcohol and Percocet are taken together. Mixing these substances can increase the risk of serious side effects and result in death.
Dangers of Mixing Percocet and Alcohol
Percocet displays 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 judgment can make it difficult to remember the last dose of medication and can lead some to overuse both substances.
Using alcohol in combination with the opioid painkiller puts you at higher risk for both overdose and alcohol poisoning, which can lead to 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.
Signs of Percocet and Alcohol Addiction
There are various signs and symptoms that may indicate abuse of Percocet and/or alcohol.
Signs and symptoms of Percocet abuse:
- Slowed and shallow breathing
- Constricted pupils
- Loss of appetite
- Mood Swings
Signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse:
- Bloodshot eyes
- Sexually risky behavior
- Memory loss
- Long memory blackouts
- Drinking alone
Treatment for Percocet and Alcohol Addiction
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 medical detox, a supervised process that allows you to safely and medically transition away from harmful substances. Medically monitored detox can help with the discomfort associated with drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
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 intake coordinator who can help you identify the best course of action.
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