Oxycontin and Alcohol
Oxycontin generic name Oxycodone is also sold under the brand names Dazidox, OxyContin, Oxyfast, OxyiR, Percolone, Roxicodone, Roxicodone Intensol, M-Oxy, ETH-Oxydose, Endocodone and is a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine and is used to treat moderate to severe pain.
The long term release form of this medication is for extended pain relief and is not for treating pain after surgery unless you were taking Oxycontin before the surgery.
It is suggested no alcohol consumption not even moderate drinking as the side effects of the drug will be greatly increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using Oxycontin advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, using any other drug, have asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, other breathing disorder, liver or kidney disease, underactive thyroid, curvature of the spine, history of head injury, brain tumour, epilepsy, seizure disorder, low blood pressure, gallbladder disease, Addison’s disease, adrenal gland disorders, enlarged prostate, urination problems, mental illness, history of drug or alcohol addiction.
Less serious side effects are nausea, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite, dizziness, headache, tired feeling, dry mouth, sweating or itching. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, seizures, cold clammy skin, confusion, severe weak or dizzy, feeling faint.If these occur get emergency medical help.
Oxycontin and Alcohol
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