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downinmyheartddowninmyheart Posts: 497
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have read alot of you talk about drinking alcohol. Perhaps at an upcoming party, and sometimes sitting a home. My question is, are you stopping your meds at this time? Or, are you drinking in tandem with your meds? I would SO love to have a glass of wine with my husband at a meal, but am not willing to compromise my health.

One Love,



  • I must admit that I indulged and had a glass of wine today for my birthday but only one because I don't have a tolerance for alcohol like I used to without my meds. I don't recommend drinking with meds. I was drinking very heavily over a year ago and taking my meds and I blacked out a couple of times. That was enough to scare the crap out of me and I don't do that anymore. I went to pick up dinner that I ordered at one of our favorite bars and I stop to have a drink while I was waiting for my food to get done. I didn't realize it but I guess I had a couple, sat at the bar and ate my food, paid my bill and drove home. I woke up to my friend calling my name and I was pulled over on the side of the road passed out in a field. I am so glad that she found me. I don't remember anything other than seeing her there and having a drink with her. She said she went to the bathroom and she came out and I was gone. She happened to drive by my house on her way home and that's when she found me. I am so afraid I didn't hurt myself or even worse, someone else. I am pretty sure it was a combo of my muscle relaxers, pain meds, antidepressants and alcohol. Now I know I can only have 1-2 drinks and that's it. I don't like to go out anyway because it hurts too much but it would be nice to be able to sit around have a couple of drinks with my friends.
  • There for a while, alcohol was the only thing that took much of the pain away. After I started morphine, I had enough relief that I didn't need a drink. Now, 4 days post-op, a hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps sounds so good!(especially since it's snowing here in the northwest) I'm off the morphine and the nurse told me no alcohol for 24 hours after my surgery. I'd ask your doctor or the pharmacist, because if you are going to have a glass of wine, you should enjoy it without guilt.

    Let us know what you come up with

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  • they dont mix.....that is why they have a warning on the pain med bottle....
  • they really dont mix but if you're careful, dont drive and have someone to help you get where you're going and cut you off. Just be very careful your reactions to the alcohol will be very different then what you're used to
  • I made the choice not to drink at all while I am taking pain meds. I just don't want to take that kind of risk. I wasn't a big drinker before starting to take pain meds, so it really doesn't bother me, not to drink now.
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  • I don't take the narcotics in the evenings unless I have alot of pain, so its a bit less of an issue for me.

    Its all about timing: I take the my Topamax late afternoon (instead of dinnertime), glass of wine around 7-8pm, neurontin and zanaflex at bedtime, so there are a few hours between all of the above. I also do not drive. Its a rarity, but I've done this 4-5 times and been okay. I plan it out carefully!
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  • I just recently started taking my meds every night before bed. If I drink, no meds. Bottom line. I'm not judging either, to each their own. I have heard more than one story of mixing meds and alcohol and never waking up. I'm just too scared.

    I definitely like to drink socially, but with my back getting worse, not really feeling like going out, it takes alcohol out of the equation.

    If you would like to have a glass with dinner, then don't take the meds. :) I have noticed that going out and having a drink kind of gets the endorphins going. So it's like I'm creating my own pain killer. :))(

  • I am not even close to being ready to go out at this point. I can't sit for more than a few minutes and am not driving either so...

    I drank wine or bourbon on a regular basis before. I stopped drinking in October when I started taking meds. The only time that I have had a drink since then was on Nov 6 at dinner after my marraige. I didn't take one med that day as I wanted to be completly sober when I said yes. :)

    Sometimes I miss cocktail hour though.

    One Love,

  • ... you need to be carful & time it, if you drink, so that your system clears out the meds b4 you introduce any alcohol. And I didn't drink at all for the 1st 5 months out b/c I was taking dilaudid (morphine dirivitive) and then once I stopped that, I had some wine in the PM again, which I still enjoy, in moderation. I didn't even miss it while I was in the early recovery stages, as you just feel so lousy, etc.

    If think I may need Valuim or a sleeper, I don't drink after 7PM (I go to bed about 11).

    I would say to ere on the side of caution, if you have any concerns. And of course, no driving. Even that area I need to "time" when I take meds during the day, when I need to drive sometimes. I'll wait until I get to where I need to go, then take what I need based on how long it'll be b4 I need to drive home again (like mall shopping/lunch etc).

    My NS said "Just use common sense." Which is of course true for anyone who drinks, fusion or not.

    Interesting & thought-provoking topic, Down! Sobering, even!


  • My fusion surgery was at 2 weeks prior to Christmas 2 years ago and my surgeon told me it would be OK to have a glass of wine or two at Christmas and New Year, so long as I did not drive. At the time I was on Tramadol, Lyrica and Arcoxia.

    I am not recommending or condoning drinking alcohol whilst on pain meds - simply stating what my surgeon said to me.

    If anyone is contemplating the odd drink, I strongly urge you to talk to your doctor about it first and see what they say.
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

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