Percocet and Alcohol
Continuing our exploration of the dangers of mixing drugs with alcohol, this time we’re examining Percocet. The small pill so often prescribed for everything from post-dental pain to broken bones becomes exponentially more dangerous when combined with booze.
So, what makes Percocet and alcohol so dangerous? Why are the two chemicals more than the sum of their separate parts? How can people protect themselves from the potentially deadly effects of mixing Percocet and alcohol?
Well, that’s exactly what we’ve set out to answer! At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we believe that the more information is available, the less harmful substances become. In short, we believe in the old adage that knowledge is power.
Sit back and learn the dangers of mixing Percocet and alcohol. More to the point, learn what to do if you or someone you love is struggling with Percocet and alcohol abuse.
Mixing Percocet and Alcohol
Mixing Percocet and alcohol is dangerous for any number of reasons. Not least among these are the powerful addictions that both can trigger. Both Percocet and alcohol produce physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms on top of overwhelmingly strong mental cravings.
Percocet, which goes by the generic name oxycodone, is a powerful opioid. Milligram for milligram, it’s about twice the strength of morphine. Physical dependence can occur in as little as a month of daily use.
Once someone is physically hooked on Percocet, tolerance sets in. This is the need for an increasingly high dose in order to stave off withdrawal symptoms. These typically include sweating, shaking, diarrhea, vomiting, anxiety, depression, irritability, restlessness, and muscle pain.
The above information is for those who are taking Percocet as prescribed. For addicts, the story is a bit different. In a strange twist of fate, once someone has developed and kicked a physical dependence on opioids, subsequent physical addiction takes place much quicker. Instead of a month of daily use, a physical dependence can occur in as little as three days of continuous use.
For addicts, opioids are not only incredibly addictive but also incredibly hard to break free from. The same can be said for alcohol addiction.
Not only is alcohol physically addicting, but it also produces a much rougher detox than opioids. While Percocet withdrawal will make you feel like you’re dying, alcohol withdrawal can actually kill you.
This is due to alcohol’s detox symptoms. These can vary in severity and include things like: extreme anxiety and depression, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, Delirium Tremens (the DT’s), and seizure.
When mixing Percocet and alcohol, the risks of each are magnified. This is true of the risk for addiction, the risk for overdose, and the risk for unintended Percocet and alcohol effects.
Alcohol and Percocet Effects
Having looked at the dangers of mixing Percocet and alcohol, let’s look at their combined effects.
Percocet is an opioid made up of oxycodone mixed with acetaminophen. Oxycodone is a CNS depressant that slows all of the central nervous system’s functions. These include things like breathing, pumping blood, blood pressure, and transmitting messages between other organ systems.
Alcohol is also a CNS depressant. In affects the body in much the same way as Percocet, i.e. slowing down all major functions. It accomplishes this by binding to GABA receptors in the brain.
Percocet and alcohol’s effects are strong on their own but when combined they become exponentially more dangerous. Breathing and blood pressure plummet when both are mixed. Disorientation occurs almost immediately. Overdose isn’t uncommon.
So, what should someone experiencing the effects of mixing these substances do? Simple, they should seek help immediately! If you or someone you love is abusing oxycodone and alcohol, seek help either from a drug and alcohol treatment center or a hospital as soon as possible.
In that vein, give us a call at call us at 1-844-I-CAN-CHANGE or 1-(561)-381-0015. Our experienced and compassionate addiction professionals will be more than happy to offer advice and answer any questions you may have. Remember, we can all change!