Mixing Alcohol and Percodan: Side Effects, Interactions, and Blackouts

Drinking alcohol while taking Percodan can greatly increase the effects of the prescription. Side effects from mixing alcohol with Percodan may include central nervous system depression, impaired judgment, thinking, and psychomotor skills, hypotension, respiratory depression, profound sedation, coma, and death.

Do not drink alcohol while taking Percodan. Check all your medications for alcohol content, such as cold medicines, to ensure you don’t accidentally consume alcohol products while taking your prescription.

Provide your doctor with your complete medical history. Remember to include prescriptions, non-prescriptions, vitamins, supplements and alcohol consumption habits, so he can decide if Percodan is the right pain reliever to fit your lifestyle.

What is Percodan?

Percodan is a combination pain reliever made from two medications, oxycodone and aspirin. Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever that changes the way your body feels and responds to pain, and aspirin is a NSAID pain reliever that relieves pain by targeting inflammation. Percodan is prescribed to those suffering from moderate to severe pain.

Always take Percodan only as directed. Taking this medication in a way other than directed can cause your breathing to slow or stop.

As with most prescription medications, Percodan may cause side effects. Some common side effects can include nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, increased sweating, dry mouth, lightheadedness, or weakness.

Serious side effects can also occur while taking Percodan, including:

  • Slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat
  • Mental/mood changes
  • Difficult and/or painful urination
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Decreased hearing
  • Vision changes
  • Easy bruising/bleeding
  • Stomach/abdominal pain
  • Black stools
  • Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • Yellowing eyes/skin
  • Dark urine
  • Persistent nausea
  • Signs of kidney problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Weight loss

Mixing Alcohol and Percodan

As mentioned, mixing alcohol with Percodan can lead to serious side effects, including death. Avoid alcohol while taking Percodan and keep your doctor informed about all other drugs you’re taking to avoid interactions.

Summing Up Side Effects, Interactions, and Blackouts of Mixing Alcohol and Percodan

Percodan is a mix of oxycodone (opioid) and aspirin (NSAID), which should not be mixed with alcohol. Doing so can lead to a variety of side effects, including death. Avoid alcohol and anything containing alcohol while taking Percodan.

Be honest with your doctor about your alcohol habits and whether you feel you can abstain from alcohol while taking Percodan. If you feel you cannot avoid alcohol while taking this prescription, discuss alternative pain relief options with your doctor. Together you can decide what is right for you, your pain, and your lifestyle.

If you feel you or a loved one is misusing Percodan or alcohol, don’t wait to get help.  Go online to www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call 24/7 to our toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825 to learn more about the road to recovery. We can help you overcome your addiction today.

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