Tuesday March 3rd 2015

Smoking oxycodone

Smoking oxycodone

Are you thinking about smoking oxycodone?

Ever wonder how does smoking or how does snorting oxycodone work? Read on to know what happens in your body when you smoke oxycodone and what you risk. Here, we review the relative ineffective delivery of oxycodone when you inhale its vapors, as well as the side effects and dangers of smoking oxycodone. Your questions about smoking oxycodone are welcomed at the end.

Does smoking oxycodone work or get you high?

Smoking is a well-known form of drug administration, and an intentional way to self-administer drugs for a non-medical purpose, such as altering your state of consciousness. But inhalation of vapors is infrequently practiced with oxycodone. Why? Because few people who have actually tried to smoke oxycodone recommend smoking oxycodone as a means of getting “high”. Frequently, abusers report highly unpleasant tastes that just don’t pay off in terms of euphoric effect.

What does smoking oxycodone do to you?

Inhalation from smoking oxycodone vapors results in a fast onset of action due to rapid absorption from the nasal mucosa and capillaries within the lungs. But as you inhale oxycodone vapors, you also inhale the noxious vapors of whatever ingredients are in the formula. So smoking oxycodone both delivers oxycodone to the brain and body, but it can also irritate or harm your respiratory tract and/or eyes.  Can you overdose on oxycodone when you smoke it?  Yes, especially if you’re combining oxycodone with other drugs or alcohol and you depress the central nervous system so much that you stop breathing.

Smoking oxycodone side effects

Smoking oxycodone is an intentional way of taking oxycodone to try to get high. But the most risky side effect that you may experience with oxycodone is dependency. In addition to physical dependency to prevent withdrawal, you may also develop psychological dependency on oxycodone, which is the main characteristic of addiction.

Plus, the risks of smoking the vapors or gases of oxycodone include toxicity to the respiratory tractor the eyes. But smoking oxycodone also increases your risk of adverse reactions to the drug. How does oxycodone affect the body? These adverse side effects of taking oxycodone include:

  • abnormal physical weakness or lack of energy (asthenia)
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • insomnia
  • nausea
  • severe itchy skin (pruritus)
  • sleepiness (somnolence)
  • vomiting

Smoking oxycodone on tin foil

Rapid liberation of oxycodone vapor upon heating is the main way that people inhale or “smoke” oxycodone. People who have tried to smoke oxycodone tend to inhale vapors produced by heating the crushed drug on foil. But inhalation of oxycodone requires thermodynamic conditions that promote volatilization of the drug into an inhalable vapor state and require persistence and timing. In fact, some forms of oxycodone require 3-5-or 10 minutes of constant heating. But there isn’t really any pay off.  Volatilization of oxycodone (heating it to a vapor for smoking) only extracts 12% or even less of the total dose . So, “chasing the dragon” is not only dangerous, it is also relatively ineffective.

Is smoking oxycodone bad for you?

Yes, smoking oxycodone is bad for you. Smoking any drug is a way to get high drug concentrations quickly to the brain. This is a particularly dangerous way to take oxycodone, as quick action increases risk of addiction, overdose or death.

Can you smoke oxycodone?

Yes, you can smoke oxycodone. While it is possible to smoke oxycodone, it is neither safe nor effective. In fact, smoking oxycodone puts you at a very high risk of becoming both physically and mentally dependent on the opioid drug. Plus, risk of overdose and death increase when you smoke oxycodone.

Smoking oxycodone questions

Still have questions about smoking oxycodone? Please leave your questions here. We do our best to respond to your questions with a personal and prompt reply ASAP

Reference sources: FDA: Advisory Committee Briefing Document on reformulated OxyContin tablets
FDA: Advisory Committee Briefing Document on REMOXY XRT
Daily Med: Oxycodone hydrochloride

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45 Responses to “Smoking oxycodone
9:54 pm July 7th, 2012

I have been smoking 5-10 pills a day for the past year and I’m trying to quit and could use some advise

2:12 am July 8th, 2012

Hi Andrew. Good for you for reaching out for help. To quote Yoda: “No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” So, you need to make the decision that you WILL STOP smoking oxycodone before any effort will help you. If you have reached this decision, the next step will be to find medical help. You can either:

1. Consult your family doctor
2. Seek addiction treatment directly (Call 1-800-662-HELP)

8:11 am September 1st, 2012

i only started smoking oxys 3 months ago and boy is it addicting i used to be able to sleep a good nights rest now days sense smokig oxys i go to bed super early and i wake up dieing sick super uncomfortable i wake up like 6am or 8 am and i have to go on a hunt to buy the drug i live in nfld in canada so they took cdn oxy cotin off the market 2 months ago

11:13 am September 1st, 2012

HI Lacey. Wow. It sounds like you’re really hooked. Are you ready to stop smoking OxyContin now? Do you want to find help?

10:52 pm December 4th, 2012

Hello, i have been addicted to oxy foe 2 years now, i take about 20-30 percs a day or i will eat 100-180mg of oxycotin a day. I need to know how to get off of it and still work. I have a very physical job… I need a life change as i just found out my g/f is pregnant. I DONT WANT TO BE A MESSED UP DAD….

9:09 pm December 8th, 2012

Hi Josh. You can get help by calling the National Drug Abuse Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP. They can refer you to local services and drug treatment. If you’re ready, life is waiting for you!

Russ Matthes
6:58 am January 17th, 2013

I started doing oxi the right way then started to snort it. When i ran into some wrong people they said to try to snort it. It has some mixed results when doing it that way. think that it barly works when you snort it.now have got a ringing in my ear.I suggest never to snort it. went back the proper way to ingest. I now know that it was a waste of time and money.nd well it took allot of hard work to stop doing it by snorting it. In summary don’t be a FOOL and waste it. And don’t be a FOOL and get it for reason’s of geting high. It will be making yourself MORE addicted,and YOU may be that way for the rest of your life people. I have severe arthrietis,and osteo arthrietis of my entire neck. would be a dead man if i did not have it for the last 2 years. Mdoctor has helped me with the addiction. have went off it 4 times in 2 years. Each time i do that, it works better when i go back. be a real good person with it. will work allot better and you will not have the feeling like you are abusing it,getting caught ,and making a fool of your self . ty

2:13 am March 2nd, 2013

How long will it stay in your system after smoking it?

6:29 am March 3rd, 2013

Hi Angel. The acute effects of smoked oxycodone should wear off in under 4-6 hours. Oxycodone can be detected in urine for about 2 days after use, using an immunoassay for extended opioids.

5:38 pm April 30th, 2013

Can smoking oxycodone cause you to be paranoid and can it cause brain damage? If it does how long does it take to get out of your system?

10:23 pm May 7th, 2013

Although I am prescribed I am also addicted and need to get off asap. However I have excruciating pain. Will I be able to treat my pain without narcotics? I also smoked 120mg of roxicodone finishing my last 15mg at 12pm today. Will I show up pos. On a ua on this Thursday the 9th a 10pm….and is there anyway to flush it out?

10:23 pm May 7th, 2013

I’m sorry I mean 10am

8:27 am May 9th, 2013

Hello Jane. Oxycodone takes about 2-4 days to leave the system. Paranoia usually comes from long term use of stimulants, not depressants like oxycodone. Most effects of oxycodone are temporary, although brain damage can occur as the result of an oxycodone overdose.

12:01 am July 15th, 2013

Hello blog.
I smoke maybe 3 a day. && i go to rehab.
does smoking them get out of your system faster than snorting them or injecting them?:
i was told that only 10% gets into the bloodstream when smoking them and 40% when snorting and 100% when eating or injecting them.
so smoking a 30 mg pill is like only doing 3 mg is all i got was 10% of it is this true?
I highly recommend NA the meeting there are better than any rehab. people give you expierence strength and hope. stafff members in rehab dont understand like people in na do. quitting is hard.

1:26 am July 24th, 2013

I have been smoking oxycodone for 2 and a half years. I’ve been told that smoking it is pretty much turning it to heroin, is that true? Ive done plenty of hard drugs & even injected the oxy. But I’ve never found anything to be as addictive as smoking oxy. Almost everyone I know smokes them & everyone I know that has tried it has become addicted physically & mentally. I would not recommend it to anyone. I was wondering how bad the long term effects on your lungs are from oxy?

11:58 am July 24th, 2013

Hello Katie. No, smoking oxycodone will not change the chemical composition to heroin. What is does do is deliver oxycodone to the brain very quickly, which can feel similar to the effects of heroin.

In terms of long term health effects, smoking oxycodone can have effects on all internal organs. Check with a doctor for specifics about the lungs.

7:55 am August 25th, 2013

I’ve been smoking Roxi’s for about a week they are the 30mg with an A on them, after I smoke 2 I feel really light headed n my hands go numb, I sometimes vomit and I’m starting to not eat, because I never feel hungry, my heart rate also slows down and I get really hot and start to swet even if its 60 degrees at night, I’m scared I don’t know what to do, and why I feel these things.
Thanks Johnny

4:32 am August 26th, 2013

Hello Johnny. It’s possible that these are signs of a near overdose. I’d suggest that you seek help for oxycodone abuse and possible addiction from a family doctor. You can start by asking for a drug addiction assessment and go from there.

5:08 am September 13th, 2013

hi i smoke a perk 30 on wed and had a durg test on Monday and failed how long does a perk stay in your system if u smoke it

11:01 am September 13th, 2013

Hi Tyler. Percocet stays in the system for about 2-4 days after ingestion, regardless of mode of administration. If you’ve been taking high doses of Percocet for longer periods of time, the detection length can be greater than 4 days.

1:10 am October 25th, 2013

I’ve smoked oxycodone for almost 2 years. I’m a quadriplegic with horrible chronic pain.

7:49 pm October 25th, 2013

Hi Travis. I can only encourage you that while there is life, there is hope. We each find our purpose in time. May you find peace and comfort, even in the limitations of your physical body.

10:36 pm October 27th, 2013

Please, please, please stop trying to smoke, snort, or inject oxycodone…..
You do not realize how dangerous this really is. Depending on your size, age, and if it’s prescribed for you-you have to take all these things into consideration. I am a recovering drug addict that has to take oxycodone for medical reasons. It is very difficult with my history to take the meds the prescribed way. But I have learned to control my cravings and stick to necessity. People that sell or buy it without prescriptions also make it more difficult for people like me that need it to get it legally. I have to show my drivers license and other things to even get what is prescribed to me. I have to jump through hoops. If you want to take these drugs without a script just to get a high, get help instead. Something is going on in your life that is causing you to do these illegal acts. Take care of yourself first, no one else will. Good luck.

James Salazar
3:47 am November 26th, 2013

Is it illegal to smoke oxycodone if you have it prescribed to you?

2:22 pm November 26th, 2013

Hi James. Smoking oxycodone is considered non-prescription use of the opioid. From what I understand, non-therapeutic oral use of oxyocodone tablets is illegal.

5:07 pm December 1st, 2013

there is basically no high or relief associated with smoking oxy u waste 80% of the drug and the 20% u inhale only absorbs 10-15% of the drug , take drugs for the right purposes or dont take drugs at all

6:59 am July 2nd, 2014

I smoked half a percocet 30mg how long will it stay in my system?

6:00 am July 8th, 2014

I’ve been smoking OxyContin and roxicodone for 7 years now. And I know one thing for sure and that’s don’t ever smoke percocets. That is most ignorant thing to do. Yeah smoking pills in general is dumb but when you smoke percs you are smoking Tylenol. Are you that fucked up in the head to where you want to smoke Tylenol? That’s the dumbest shit I have ever heard. If you are gonna smoke something smoking roxis and opanas. Do not smoke hydros, lortab, percs, or anything with Tylenol in it!

12:47 am July 9th, 2014

Can smoking oxytocin lead to stroke?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
8:29 am July 9th, 2014

Hi Jessica. Smoking OxyContin isn’t good for the lungs or heart either because it contains many impurities. A number of the substances present in the smoke are toxic. Plus, OxyContin gets into the body and brain within seconds after smoking.

the dude
8:44 pm August 6th, 2014

To all of you with scripts that think you are better then US users without them you are no difrent then US I have ms and am unable th get the riight help so I buy MY script off the street Im do sick of hearing how we make it do hard for u to get your meds when you are the ones selling them to us

1:52 am September 25th, 2014

Just want to know is smoking oxcycodone bad on the liver.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
1:33 pm September 25th, 2014

Hi Porsha. Oxycodone can produce unwanted side effects in various parts of the body, including the kidneys and liver. It’s damaging effects are even stronger if a person already has a liver or kidney disease.

11:58 pm October 4th, 2014

Geeze, why would you wanna do that. I used todo crap like this and 14 years ago i had to go to rehab found out wha these things did to ya. But not only you bbut it affects your job, friends and family and your whole life. Im glad i got out. Im now having physical probs. Im scared to death that ill start up again. I have to set timers for what i take because i have no cartilage in my left knee. Im walking bone on bone. The other one is going out. Sometimes i will purposely miss a dose if im not in excruciating pain just to not get addictd again. I came here to find out if i will start up again. But reading this somewhat reassures me i can keep clean. Specially if it is mostly smoking it to get high, now I know that isnt the only way, but from reading this, its the most used by users.

4:12 am October 8th, 2014

Hello blog.
I got into some trouble about a year ago for prescription drugs & shortly after put on probation. Some friends and I have found out that when you smoke oxy’s it does not show up on a urine test. How is this? They even send some of my tests to the lab and they still come up clean.

6:13 pm October 25th, 2014

I haven’t smoked pills in almost a year if I smoke one perc 30 how long will it take for me to be able to pass a UA ?

9:27 am November 11th, 2014

My son is a recovering heroin addict, I found a straw in his room with brown residue, he said he smoked a blue oxycodone 30mg. blue in volor , can I get it tested, or what color would it be?

8:59 pm November 18th, 2014

Im bout to roll a blunt with a percocet in it. Done it before and no addiction. Moderation is the key to everything yall be smart and have a strong mind and there will be no addiction. Ive done lots of drugs and dont do them often( except smoke pot) and i havent picked up any of thes other drugs as a habit. BE SMART AND DONT GET ADDICTED

9:29 pm November 18th, 2014

I might smoke alot of pot yeaH but i learned from that addiction not to do things too often otherwise its inevitable. Coming down off a high of anything cAn be difficult but you gotta accept it and let it happen.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
12:05 pm November 24th, 2014

Hello Carol. There is a way to test the powder without testing your son. It’s called substance test, and it’s easy to use. These tests won’t be able to tell you which substance it is, but you it can show you if it’s heroin.

10:55 am November 28th, 2014

How long would it take to get oxycodone out of your system if u smoke it

10:27 am November 30th, 2014

Hi. I was smoking Oxy 30mg for 2-3 years. I stopped for a while and now if I try to smoke them, on the first pill I will get a sore throat. Then increasingly for a week or two I will lose my voice completely and get a cold. Is this something more serious? Like a respitory issue? Does anyone else have this issue from periodic usage and then sobriety?

10:48 am December 15th, 2014

I was clean for Almost a year but I relapsed a few days ago. I’ve been going through a hard time an I’ve also been really depressed. I’ve been addicted to Oxys for about 3 or 4 years and I’ve been to rehab once and got back into them. This year I got clean by myself and was doing really good up until a few days ago. I need advice or people to turn to who understand me or don’t judge me for the mistakes I do.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
5:33 pm December 16th, 2014

Hi Jelly. That’s ok! Many have relapsed and still continued to live their sober lives afterwards. Do you still go to therapy sessions? If not, you might think of joining again, it can help a lot! I wish our other viewers would share some encouraging words for you! You are not alone, Jelly, and neither are you a bad person for relapsing.

4:31 am December 19th, 2014

I’m actually going to start going to NA meetings hoping it helps. Yesterday I was depressed and smoked 18 10mg Oxys. It made me feel great and feel like all my problems went away. The guy I’m talking to is so amazing and he thinks I’ve stopped but I haven’t. He means so much to me but I don’t know how to break it to him how hard trying to stay sober is. I don’t want to lose him but at the same time I don’t want to lose this high.

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