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Jason Burke, MD
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Many people do not realize common painkillers, such as Percocet and Darvocet, also contain acetaminophen. While it is not recommended, chronic pain sufferers often take painkillers with alcohol. We are amazed at the high percentage of patients who do not know they should not imbibe while taking medication. Granted, there is a warning label on these types of medicines that instructs against alcohol consumption, but many people falsely believe the warning is in place because mixing alcohol and the drug could lead to drowsiness. They have no idea combining alcohol with acetaminophen could send them into liver failure, which could end in death.
Read your labels. If acetaminophen is present, do not make the mistake of combining this drug with alcohol.