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    Mixing alcohol & Vicodin
    An_265546 posted:
    My cousin, and I were out drinking, and I told him that I was going to head home because my body was aching. He handed me two pills and I asked what they were. He said aspirin just take them. I took them, and then he told me the next day that he gave me 2 vicodins. He states that they are the same thing as aspirin. I blacked out, and think this may have caused the blackout. Any opinions?
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    Harry L Haroutunian, MD responded:
    By giving you Vicodin - knowing that you were drinking alcohol - your cousin put you in grave danger. Giving anyone any pill and not identifying it is callous, reckless and potentially lethal; please let your cousin know that. You should also know that no medication should be mixed with alcohol at all, unless it is prescribed by your physician and does not carry a warning label prohibiting the mixture.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to examine your own drinking behavior as well as your response to a very powerful opioid like Vicodin, which is at the crux of our current opioid epidemic.

    I must emphasize ultimately that what goes into your body is your responsibility. Please take care of yourself.

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