Can you drink alcohol while taking vicodin?
My roommate is 6-foot-3 and weigh 225 pounds. He is taking vicodin for an injury he sustained during a football game. He takes about 3-6 5/500s per day and I am wondering if drinking alcohol would be a bad idea. How many hours does it take for the medicine to leave your system before he can drink? If he only take 1 or 2 doses (2-4 pills) early in the day, can he drink with no problems that night? If not, at what point would he be in danger?
- RickLv 77 years agoBest Answer
Drugs.com says major interactions on the liver for the acetaminophen and moderate interaction for the hydrocodone. If he takes 6 pills, that's 3000mg of acetaminophen from the pills plus the extra strain on the liver from the alcohol. It's best to err on the side of caution.
- Nurse JackiLv 77 years ago
Vicodin stays in the system and can be detected in the urine for approximately 72 hours. The majority of the medications effect's actually wear off in 4 to 6 hours though. Drinking alcohol while taking it is ill advised- the two cause potentiality, in that the effects of both the Vicodin and the alcohol consumed will be experienced more strongly. He will be drunker than he would normally be -even if he drinks the same amount that he normally does. No one can predict at what point he might be in danger. If he insists on drinking have him skip the Vicodin and have him be aware that he may need less alcohol to feel the effect.
- Anonymous7 years ago
You CAN, but you probably should not. If you must indulge, cannabis is far safer than alcohol and also has analgesic properties that work with vicodin.
He can start drinking again when his prescription is gone. Simple as that. Don't rationalize matters.
- 7 years ago
No! Both are central nervous system depressants and the combination can be fatal.Source(s): Registered Nurse