Are you considering mixing Vicodin with alcohol?
You need to evaluate the risks and dangers of mixing Vicodin with alcohol first. How much Vicodin is safe varies by person but even prescription doses go funky when mixed with alcohol. Here, we present what happens in your body when you combine Vicodin and alcohol and what can go wrong. Your questions about mixing Vicodin and alcohol are welcomed at the end.
Vicodin and alcohol effects
Vicodin is a narcotic painkiller that contains the opioid hydrocodone, which can cause feelings of euphoria when taken in large amounts. Alcohol can intensify the euphoric effect of Vicodin, which many people find pleasant. In self-reports, people who drink while taking Vicodin have reported some of these effects:
However, getting high on Vicodin bad is possible, especially when you mix the two. Vicodin reacts chemically with alcohol, and has an additive depressant effect in the body and brain when combined. That means that the effects of the alcohol and Vicodin are both stronger and more dangerous when taken together. In other words, mixing Vicodin and alcohol is a quick way to accidentally overdose and die from Vicodin.
Dangers of mixing Vicodin and alcohol
Taking alcohol and Vicodin together can cause dangerous side effects. The dangers of mixing Vicodin and alcohol are mainly due to the addictive effects of Vicodin and alcohol. So, the nervous system effects of Vicodin are intensified by the addition of alcohol (a depressant) in the bloodstream. Some potentially dangerous effects of mixing Vicodin with alcohol include:
- loss of consciousness
- shallow breathing
- impaired coordination
- slowed heart rate
However, Vicodin isn’t the only drug that becomes more dangerous when mixed. The effects of the alcohol are intensified as well. Your alcohol tolerance will be lower than normal, which can lead to drinking too much and potential alcohol poisoning. Plus, you can experience a greater intoxication from alcohol when mixing it with narcotics, which can be potentially deadly. Further, alcohol also makes you sleepy, drowsy, and lightheaded as it takes a sedative effect on the body. Drinking and using Vicodin can cause trouble concentrating, difficulty with coordination, slowed reaction time, and other issues which can cause accidents.
Vicodin and alcohol overdose
Your risk of overdose on Vicodin goes up when you mix hydrocodone with alcohol. The effects of both drugs are much stronger together than they are on their own. The practice of mixing alcohol and Vicodin can be dangerous even if you take them a few hours apart, because some of the Vicodin will still be in your system and could cause a bad reaction.
Vicodin and alcohol deaths
It’s very common to people to mix alcohol with narcotics like Vicodin, despite the dangers. But even normal doses of Vicodin combined with alcohol can cause breathing trouble or serious health issues. And if you abuse Vicodin or take more than a normal prescription dose, you might overdose and die. The only way to avoid these risks is to decide not to drink at all while on Vicodin.
Is it safe to drink on Vicodin?
No, it’s not safe to mix Vicodin and alcohol. In fact, doctors do not recommend drinking while taking Vicodin. This combination just enhances the most dangerous effects of both drugs. If you’re not sure how far apart to space a prescribed dose of Vicodin and social drinking, you should ask your doctor for more information on taking Vicodin and drinking safely. But the FDA warns against mixing the two at all.
Mixing Vicodin alcohol questions
Do you still have questions about mixing Vicodin with alcohol or other substances? Please leave your Vicodin questions here. Your experiences with mixing Vicodin and alcohol are also welcome. We try our best to answer all questions personally, and promptly. And if we don’t know the answer, we will refer you to someone who can help.