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Re: Mixing Oxycotin and alcohol

Re: Mixing Oxycotin and alcohol

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Posted by John Honsaker on September 04, 2000 at 13:37:14:

In Reply to: Mixing Oxycotin and alcohol posted by Tari Porter on September 03, 2000 at 21:39:29:

: My husband takes oxycotin for his osteoarthritis of the spine and he also drinks up to 6 maybe more miller lites a day. I can't get him to stop because he thinks it makes his pain more bearable, but I am scared he is going to do some serious damage to himself. What risk is he bringing on himself? He is 63 years old.

Hi Tari,
I am sure both you and your husband know that six beers a night isnít good for you even if you arenít on pain relievers. The label on my oxycontin sayís that "alcohol may intensify this affect (Drowsiness)". I take some alcohol on special occasions Eg my birthday. It does help the pain, but taking it every night he may be destroying his liver and risking alcoholism. Itís hard enough to deal with 24/7 pain without causing yourself more problems.
Something you should consider is that alcohol is a depressant drug. Although you may get a "high" feeling when you drink alcohol and it releases some of your inhibitions the next day you have to deal with the hangover and for the next few days the depression. Most people donít realize this.
If your husband is taking pain relievers he should also be taking an anti-depressant drug. It was explained to me that the pain meds cause a chemical imbalance in the brain which causes the depression. Drinking a depressant drug (beer) while taking a anti-depressant drug doesnít make a lot of sense.
You should go to your husbands next doctors appointment with him. While there you need to open up the topic. His doctor may want to increase his pain meds, give him something to help him sleep, or increase/give him an anti-depressant.
Good luck and God bless,
John H

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