Mixing Hydrocodone with Alcohol and Other Drugs

Mixing Hydrocodone with Alcohol and Other Drugs

Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic derived from two naturally occurring opiates, codeine and thebaine. Hydrocodone is most often prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain. Classified as a Schedule II drug, pure hydrocodone is rarely prescribed in the United States. When prescribed, hydrocodone is combined with one or more of the following:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antihistamine

The exact proportions of each of the combined drugs also vary, but no one should take more than 40 mg of hydrocodone on a daily basis.

Dangers of Mixing Hydrocodone with Alcohol

No prescription medications should be mixed with alcohol, and hydrocodone is no exception. Mixing hydrocodone and alcohol can impair the following:

  • Judgment
  • Thinking
  • Psychomotor skills

While alcohol makes most people think of sitting down with a beer, glass of wine or cocktail, but many over-the-counter medicines also contain alcohol. Product labels should be carefully read and you should avoid any medications that contain alcohol, such as cough syrup.

Some people believe that eating food when taking hydrocodone with alcohol will mitigate any negative side effects. However, this has no effect on the drugs’ effects, which may include the following:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Slowed or difficulty breathing
  • Impaired motor control
  • Memory problems

Since hydrocodone and alcohol are both central nervous system depressants, the combination can be particularly dangerous and even lethal, as it will cause a significant drop in respiration.

Dangers of Mixing Hydrocodone with Other Drugs

Mixing hydrocodone with benzodiazepines, barbiturates, amphetamines, cocaine, methylphenidate and other drugs can be very dangerous and result in the following:

  • Respiratory depression
  • Pulmonary failure
  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Jaundice
  • Heart attack
  • Amnesia
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Blackout
  • Coma

A major concern with hydrocodone abuse is that most prescription forms of the drug contain acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is toxic to the liver, and mixing hydrocodone/acetaminophen drugs with other acetaminophen products may lead to an upset stomach, internal bleeding and ulcers and serious long-term damage.

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