Understanding OxyContin and Alcohol
OxyContin is a patented brand name for the narcotic oxycodone. It was first introduced in 1995 and was designed for use by people who needed high levels of pain relief but could not get relief from current medications on the market. OxyContin and alcohol do not mix.
The drug became much more widely available after the Food and Drug Administration approved it for widespread use in 1997, and doctors could prescribe it directly to patients who needed it. Today, doctors prescribe it to millions of people around the country. Unfortunately, because it is widely available, there has been an increase in oxycodone abuse.
Mixing OxyContin and Alcohol
Mixing OxyContin and alcohol has caused many fatal accidents and deaths. The combination of alcohol and OxyContin increase the effects of the drugs which can be fatal. Oxycodone is designed to inhibit pain sensors in your brain, in your spine, and your central nervous system (CNS) by blocking a hormone called acetylcholine. The drug is also known as a narcotic analgesic. If you are taking oxycodone or any other narcotic pain reliever medication you should avoid alcohol.
Mixing alcohol and OxyContin will go in direct conflict with how the two substances act in your body. Although alcohol is a depressant, it temporarily increases the speed of your heartbeat, your blood pressure, and your respiration. These three functions are critical for survival and if you combine OxyContin and alcohol, alcohol may cause these functions to increase dramatically.
Also, alcohol is known to reduce your alertness, thinking, and motor skills. Your brain can become confused and vision impaired. These side effects can be worse by adding oxycodone to the mix.
OxyContin and Alcohol High
Both OxyContin and alcohol affect the body in the same way. They serve as depressants and, therefore, both bringing feelings of euphoria while also putting a person into a stupor. Because they perform the same function, they enhance any feelings more so than if a person just took them individually.
Dangers of OxyContin and Alcohol
For those who are struggling with abusing drugs like OxyContin, the dangers of OxyContin and alcohol include complications like respiratory depression, hypoglycemia, liver failure, and even suicide. Studies have shown that addiction to Oxycodone can increase risks of death and suicide because of the potential side effects when combined with other substances like alcohol.
There is also a possibility that people who abuse drugs such as OxyContin and alcohol may develop higher tolerances over time to the same amount of the drug. Tolerance is essentially the body’s ability to require more of the drug to achieve the same effects as before. Alcohol has been shown to increase the tolerance of those who abuse narcotics like Oxycodone. Because of this, larger amounts of Oxycodone are sometimes taken to deadly effect.
Because Oxycodone is a narcotic, it can also have fairly severe withdrawal symptoms. People often feel symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, sweating, and drowsiness when withdrawing from oxycodone. Withdrawal begins due to a lack of the substance in the system, as the body has previously grown used to the substances being added from the outside. Withdrawing from oxycodone can be extremely dangerous and when combining OxyContin and alcohol, withdrawal can cause life-threatening results for the person affected.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the Difference Between OxyContin vs Hydrocodone?
In trying to compare OxyContin vs. hydrocodone, it might be difficult to distinguish between the two. After all, they are both narcotics that are prescribed for moderate to severe pain. They are also both synthetic opioids that have a high chance of misuse.
The main difference between them is that hydrocodone contains another over the counter pain reliever like Tylenol or ibuprofen. Oxycodone is just the synthetic opioid without additional medication. In comparing which one is more effective for treating pain, studies have shown similar results but OxyContin has beaten out hydrocodone in extended time periods since it has a higher potency.
How Long Does OxyContin Stay in Your System?
How long OxyContin will stay in your system depends on a couple of factors. Your age, weight, metabolism, sex, and fluid intake are just a few things that can affect how the drug appears on drug tests.
The most common test for detecting oxycodone is a urine test due to its cost-effectiveness and ease of use. For urine tests, most research has shown that it takes about 72 hours to clear the drug from your system. However, it could take up to about five days for some people. Also, the metabolites, what the drug is turned into after being processed by your body, stay much longer in your system than the drug itself. So even if the drug is cleared within a few days these metabolites are what the urine tests look for and they may stay even longer if you have a high tolerance or high body mass index.
OxyContin and Alcohol Treatment
For people who might be abusing both OxyContin and alcohol, it is advisable to seek treatment immediately. This is because low levels of OxyContin and alcohol can be taken to produce deadly effects.
Treatment of both alcohol and OxyContin abuse should usually be done in intensive inpatient therapy. The reason for this is because relapsing on either substance could prove deadly. Inpatient treatment provides a safe, structured, and supportive environment to encourage recovery and prevent relapse.
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