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Can I drink alcohol while taking OxyContin?

You shouldn't drink alcoholic beverages if you're taking OxyContin (oxycodone). OxyContin is a pain reliever that belongs to a class of drugs called opioid analgesics. While these medications help control pain, they can also cause some potentially serious side effects, such as breathing difficulty and loss of consciousness. Combining OxyContin with alcohol increases the risk for these side effects and can increase their severity, too.

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