Is It Bad to Mix Hydrocodone with Other Drugs?

Is It Bad to Mix Hydrocodone with Other Drugs?

Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opiate narcotic that is rarely prescribed in its pure form. Hydrocodone acts as a pain reliever, attaching itself to opiate receptors in the brain. The drug has addictive potential and is frequently prescribed as a different formulation such as Vicodin which contains both hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

Hydrocodone abuse often stems from a person’s legitimate, medical need to manage pain. When an individual builds up a tolerance to the drug’s pain relieving effects, he may begin to need more of the drug, or more frequent doses of the drug to achieve the same effects. This is considered hydrocodone abuse and can instigate a chemical dependency and a psychological addiction.

Hydrocodone can produce calming, and euphoric effects for the user, so drugs containing hydrocodone are also abused by recreational drug users. There are several known risks and dangers of abusing hydrocodone, like dependence, addiction and overdose. Several drug use surveys performed in the U.S. have found that most hydrocodone addicts are poly-substance abusers. This means that most individuals who are abusing hydrocodone are also abusing other drugs.

Most commonly, hydrocodone or hydrocodone formulations are combined with other opioids, benzodiazepines or alcohol when they are intended for abuse. A person may be using hydrocodone to alleviate a painful medical condition and then use another substance to address another ailment, or a person may be mixing multiple drugs to enhance the drugs’ effects or the euphoric state they will achieve.

Misusing or abusing hydrocodone on its own is dangerous, but the risk-potential becomes much higher when it is mixed with other drugs. The possible risks and side effects of mixing hydrocodone will vary depending on the other substance used. If the other substance also performs as a central nervous system (C.N.S.) depressant the user’s brain activity will be dramatically slowed.

What are the Risks and Dangers of Mixing Hydrocodone with Other Drugs?

Mixing alcohol, sleep aid medication, pain relievers and other C.N.S. depressants can cause

  • Overdose
  • Fatality
  • Muscle relaxation, impaired motor skills
  • Slurred speech
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Sedation, unconsciousness
  • Slowed and labored breathing
  • Respiratory depression
  • Heart failure
  • Brain damage
  • Coma
  • Seizure
  • Irreversible liver and kidney damage or disease
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Of course there are always exceptions to every rule and not all drugs will produce life-threatening side effects when mixed with hydrocodone. A person who is using hydrocodone, or a medication containing hydrocodone, should speak with their doctor before taking any other drug. This can prevent or minimize the risk of causing any adverse side effects if it is necessary for a person to be using two medications. Doctors can also find alternative treatment options if a person has medical concerns requiring dual medications. The risk of mixing drugs without first contacting a knowledgeable professional is unnecessary. A simple phone call or appointment can save a person from multiple dangers and consequences.

Hydrocodone is a powerful drug that can forever change your life if you do not use it properly. If you or someone you love has a problem with their hydrocodone use, please call for help now. Our toll-free, 24-hour helpline is operated by recovery professionals who are happy to assist you with your questions, concerns and needs. Whether you are looking for information or are ready to find treatment and recovery services, we are happy to help.