Remifentanil Mixing It and Alcohol

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Mixing alcohol and Remifentanil can lead to undesirable side effects including drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, difficulty concentrating, and impaired judgment. There is also a chance of serious side effects occurring such as low blood pressure, respiratory distress, fainting, coma, and death.

Do not drink alcohol or consume any products that contain alcohol while injecting Remifentanil. This rule should be followed regardless of whether you are in a hospital setting or outside of a hospital.

Review your complete medical history with your doctor including prescriptions, non-prescriptions, vitamins, supplements and alcohol consumption habits, so they can decide if Remifentanil is the right medication for you. Informing your doctor of your complete medical history will help them to make the safest choice for your care.

Remifentanil Mixing It and Alcohol
Remifentanil is a potent short-acting synthetic opioid pain reliever. It’s administered intravenously during surgery to not only relieve pain, but also as an anesthetic. It is also sometimes administered to help patients manage postoperative pain. Remifentanil should be provided to the patient through an infusion pump to ensure proper dosage.

Some common side effects of Remifentanil are itching, sweating, headache, muscle pain, cough, sore throat, dizziness, confusion, and agitation.

Remifentanil can cause other, less common, side effects, including:

  • Weak, shallow breathing
  • Breathing that stops
  • Fast or slow heart rate
  • Stiff muscles
  • Severe weakness, feeling light-headed or fainting.

If you experience any side effects or notice any changes in your body after receiving a dose of Remifentanil, inform your doctor immediately, as some of these may be serious.

As mentioned, do not mix alcohol or products containing alcohol with Remifentanil, as there can be serious side effects. Before taking any products, such as cold medicine, check the ingredients for alcohol.

If you feel you or a loved one is misusing remifentanil or alcohol, don’t wait to get help.  Go online to or call 24/7 to our toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825 to learn more about the road to recovery.

Remember to inform your doctor of your typical alcohol consumption when determining whether to treat your pain with Remifentanil. This is important information your doctor needs when deciding the best method for treating your pain in the hospital.

It is dangerous to drink alcohol or to ingest any products containing alcohol while taking Remifentanil or receiving treatment with this prescription. Your doctor will need to know your typical alcohol consumption, no matter how small or infrequent, to ensure your safety.

Side effects from mixing alcohol with Remifentanil can be deadly, so do not mix the two. Check all products for alcohol prior to consuming them in the time periods after or before you’ve been given Remifentanil.

If you feel you cannot abstain from alcohol while being treated with Remifentanil, talk to your doctor about alternative drugs to address your pain during your hospital stay.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a substance use disorder, it’s never too late to recover. Go online to or call 24/7 to our toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825 to learn more about living a drug-free life. We can help you overcome your addiction today.

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