Sunday April 20th 2014

Snorting oxycodone

If you’re thinking about snorting oxycodone, you should think it through and be informed about possible risks and dangers.

Oxycodone harm reduction includes informing users of risk. Here, we review what happens in the body while snorting oxycodone, as well as the dangers and safety concerns when you snort oxycodone (addictive liability increases, as does risk of overdose). We welcome questions about snorting oxycodone at the end of this article, and will try to answer all legitimate questions with a personal reply ASAP.

Oxycodone: What are you really snorting?

Oxycodone is a prescription drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is an opiate agonist, which works by chemically binding to receptors in the central nervous system to change the way that we PERCEIVE pain. Oxycodone hydrochloride is the main active ingredient of oxycodone, but oxycodone tablets may include inactive ingredients such as butylatedhydroxytoluene (BHT), hypromellose, polyethylene glycol 400, polyethylene oxide, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, and coloring agents. Oxycodone can also be combined with other medications such as acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen, which you also consume when you snort the combination drugs.

How does snorting Oxycodone affect the body?

Oxycodone affects the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. Oxycodone binds to opioid receptors in the brain, altering the body’s perception of pain and can also cause feelings of euphoria. This is the main reason why anyone would snort oxycodone. Physically, snorting oxycodone can also cause feelings of dizziness, lightheadedness, and even cause mood changes.  But snorting oxycodone brings on effects quicker and more intensely and is not medically recommended (just like mixing oxycodone and alcohol is not recommended).

Snorting Oxycodone side effects

Taking oxycodone orally as prescribed can cause drowsiness, dizziness, and even nausea and vomiting. Severe side effects are rarer, but can occur more frequently when the medication is not taken as prescribed, like when you snort it. These effects include:

  • abnormal heart rate
  • confusion
  • difficulty breathing
  • fainting/loss of consciousness
  • hallucinations
  • seizures

Snorting Oxycodone vs oral

Oxycodone is not medically indicated for insufflation (inhaling via the nose). And although narcotic pain medications can be taken orally, nasally, and even intravenously, oral preparations of oxycodone are safer, because the dose is more controlled. Snorting Oxycodone causes a quicker onset of effects, causing almost immediate pain relief and euphoric effects. But you’re also running the risk of poisoning, toxicity and overdose. Additionally, oral controlled release versions of oxycodone have a longer duration of action when taken orally vs snorted. Controlled release (CR) oxycodone is actually designed to work for over 12 hours, and when you crush an oxycodone CR tablet, you actually break this mechanism.

Snorting Oxycodone to get high

Snorting oxycodone causes large amounts of oxycodone hydrochloride to instantly enter the bloodstream through the nose cavity and tissues of the nose. This kind of immediate action is dangerous (especially with controlled release versions of oxycodone), because snorting oxycodone causes the drug to be absorbed in higher amounts than normal. If you snort oxycodone, you can abruptly stop breathing and can die. This is especially risky with extended release formulations. Plus, high doses of oxycodone might be tolerated by someone who’s taken opioids in large doses before, but they do raise the risk of adverse effects significantly.

Snorting Oxycodone dangers

Snorting Oxycodone has some serious side effects. Snorting Oxycodone puts you at increased risk of accidents due to your impaired abilities. Like other drugs, snorting can also harm your nasal passages over time, and even spread disease if you share snorting instruments. Snorting Oxycodone definitely increases the risk that you will become addicted to the medication. The most serious risk, of course, is that of potential overdose and death.  Although oxycodone overdose amount varies by your personal tolerance to opiates,  you SHOULD NOT TAKE single doses > 40 mg of controlled release oxycodone or total daily doses of of controlled release oxycodone greater than 80 mg.  These oxycodone doses are too much for someone just starting the medicine.

Snorting Oxycodone safely

Oxycodone is not safe to take by snorting. The FDA warns that single doses of controlled release oxycodone higher than 40 mg, and daily doses of controlled release oxycodone 80 mg can cause overdose in those who are not opioid tolerant. In fact, the agency is so concerned about oxycodone being abused by snorting, that they’ve required drug manufacturers to reformulate the OxyContin brand, so that crushing the drug no longer provides access to the full dose of the drug. While this doesn’t completely rule out the possibility of snorting oxycodone to get high or experience immediate pain relief, it makes it harder for people to overdose using this method.

Snorting oxycodone questions

Do you still have questions about snorting oxycodone? If so, please let us know. We respond to all oxycodone questions with a personal and prompt reply.

Reference Sources: FDA: OxyContin – Questions and Answers
FDA: Medication Guide: Oxycodone
National Drug Intelligence Center: OxyContin Fast Facts
PubMed Health: Oxycodone

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23 Responses to “Snorting oxycodone
Anon
12:43 am July 24th, 2012

What needs to happen in order for it to stop you from breathing and die?

6:49 pm July 24th, 2012

Hi Anon. Oxycodone, when taken in really high doses, slows down the central nervous system so much that normal breathing slows down. Taking too much oxycodone can cause your breathing to slow down, become more shallow, and possibly stop, depending on how much medication you have taken.

joseph
1:00 am September 18th, 2012

if someone has taken 10mgs of oxycodone orally a few times will snorting 1 5mg possibly kill them or is there enough tolerance built up?

11:14 am September 19th, 2012

Hi Joseph. Tolerance to oxycodone or any opioid develops over time, and the timeframe is highly individual. It’s unlikely that only a few oral doses of oxycodone lead to increased tolerance for oxycodone and therefore dangerous and highly risky to snort oxycodone afterwards.

Lori
3:06 am September 22nd, 2012

Hi.
I didn’t snort OxyContin, but a friend of mine gave me an 80mg controlled release tablet today because I have a toothache. I did crush the pill though.. And an hour or two later, I was vomiting. After reading some info on this med, I’m actually very scared. Will I be ok!? I’m afraid to go to sleep. Please help!

2:56 pm September 23rd, 2012

Hi Lori. Crushing an OxyContin breaks the controlled release and provides you with an immediate rush of oxycodone, enough to overdose. Good that you vomitted. I would suggest a visit to an ER, to be sure that things are OK. Or at the very least, a check in with a medical doctor.

Steve Speer
10:05 am November 8th, 2012

I would like to share my heart to those inclined to addiction of this drug, and other pain meds… just how easily deceived the mind, the body and the spirit of the person can become. If you take these it is not the warning that “you MAY become addicted” rather “you WILL become addicted”. As this article illustrates the whole outcome or purpose of these medications are designed to deceive the body, to mask/fool the pain, and sadly enough the thought or the idea that a person would dare admit to addiction is also packaged in deceit… denial is one of the greatest symptoms and the most dangerous, and should be placed at the top of the list.
I have witnessed such destruction due to these drugs… I’ve watched chldren leaving the arms of their moms and dads by case workers… ripped from the security of their family crying and screaming for the arms of their mommies. I’ve seen young people rob their parents of any and everything they can get their hands on for the drug… lying becomes their truth and they know not the difference any more. Not only are the families destroyed but those friends around them also
but the saddest of all is the violent destruction brought against the innocent child who has to suffer.

rick clemmer
4:51 am December 21st, 2012

Ive been taking oxycodone since 92. Im 50 yrs of age and have cronic pain not only do to my 5 bulging disks but for both of my knee’s that were replaced, in 05 and 07. I had to take somthing tonight to stop the pain. Ive recently had both rotator cuffs done. When i had my 1st knee done, i did notice that i was getting addicted. I stopped for a week…… The pain was excruciating… im talking about the knee. The addiction was know better. Hot sweats and chills durring that same week. Im talking about , one minute your fine and the next your not. I do admit,,,, this drug spells DANGER!!!!
The thing that saved me… is knowing before you take it and learning the side affects. Ive been an asthmatic since i was born. Ive delt with surups, shots, pills and inhailers. Luckely for me. I hate pills!! Im on a pain clinic plan now for my back, knee’s and arm pain. Just last week i re-tore my right rotator cuff. Im not looking forward to my next opperation. Its going to be more painfull and take twice as long to heal. And all the side affects to boot. If you think its fun to take oxycodone and to get a buzz. Please consider this. I will be constipated for 4 – 7 days (without taken a dump) . Now thats a friggon blast!!!!

Mahagani
2:55 pm February 25th, 2013

Yes, one more question. First thanks 4 the insightful info. after reading your answers about snorting pain Rx, it’s no longer an option 4 me, however, can u please tell me what I can do, to not become so queezy, n constipated while taking it??? Crackers, or toast w/cottage cheese have’nt been working. Thanks Again

Junior
9:53 am March 29th, 2013

Hey everyone, i first had oxycodone when i was 18. I was prescribed when i had my wisdom teeth removed, first time i took it i was in so much pain like i was crying thats how bad the pain was then i took it again the next day for a lil bit of pain, I loved the way it made me feel, i felt good and was up for anything good mood everything about it felt awesome. Then at work someone would always sell me Vicodins and loved it as well soon it became an addiction i dont go to the point were i steal or anything but now im afraid to stop CT because of my job i cant function without it, i dont even feel high sometimes when i snort 60 mgs of blues, i just want to feel normal and get my life back when i was enjoying my family without pills playing basketball, problem is i sell blues and have so much access to them. I NEED HELP!!

2:38 pm March 30th, 2013

Hi Junior. I think that many people can relate. You’ll need to change the people, places, and things that you do in order to get off Vicodin. Also, look into inpatient or outpatient drug treatment so that you can get to the psychological reasons you use. Call 1-800-662-HELP for a national government hotline that can hook you up with local resources.

worried mama
2:26 am April 1st, 2013

hubby has been snorting oxy behind my back for a couple years(verified by friends) he admits to under 10 times lol due to a neck surgery he has a limitless amount but swars he dont snort now ofcorse i dont believe that but what can I watch for i dont want to loose him to this crap he is very good at hiding thigs from me so the obvios rolled up bills and lighter is never out

7:24 am April 4th, 2013

Hi worried. Look for dilated pupils, which may be a side effect of quickly administered doses of oxycodone. Other than a blood test, there’s no real way to be sure of HOW MUCH oxycodone is in his system at any given time. And set limits: if he snorts, are you ready to leave him? Take a look at your boundaries and get firm on what you will accept and what you will not.

Deb
5:05 pm October 2nd, 2013

I am under the care of a pain management doctor. I have suffered from chronic pain most my life. I take oxycodone, not oxycontin. I have been sniffing it because by the time I can take my next dose, I need it to work fast. I was wondering if this has anything at all to do with non alcoholic fatty liver disease. There are other reasons behind it such as high cholesterol, being overweight, bad diet, etc. But I am wondering about this.

11:57 am October 3rd, 2013

Hi Deb. Snorting doesn’t affect the liver any more than taking oxycodone orally does. There have been rare cases of hepatitis and cholestasis have reported as the liver becomes inflamed from the obstruction of normal bile flow after use of oxycodone. But, from my reading, oxycodone is not associated with the development of fatty liver.

Ruth
8:47 pm October 8th, 2013

Can snorting oxycodone cause problems with your teeth and gums? Can it cause necrosis of the jaw bone or problems with the bones of your mouth?

kathy
10:50 am November 21st, 2013

Does snorting oxycodone make you think youre in love ?

shannon
8:53 pm December 13th, 2013

Cansnorting oxycodone cause brain aneurysms and strokes?

4:17 am December 23rd, 2013

Hi Shannon. I’m not sure; you’ll need to seek the advice of a toxicologist or coroner. From my reading, stimulants can cause a stroke due to increased blood pressure and heart rate. But oxycodone is known to slow heart rate. Keep looking and let us know when you find an answer.

Danny
7:42 pm January 17th, 2014

I was on 30mg roxycodone,valum and klonopin for 4 months the Doctor prescribed me.I started to not myself I told my wife that it felt I needed to talk with someone and and after that day I don’t remember nothing witch was 2 days later I overdosed on snoring 100 roxys,30 valums and 40 klonopin….I guess I layed i n my van for 2 to 3 hrs That’s what a nearby garage person forgot a tool at work and seen me there and called the law.The Ems came and tried to revive me they put me a medical duce comma.I don’t remember 2 days before or 3 days after the comma.I am so ashamed i always said how can someone do that.The drugs took me to death and back well god had another plan for me.I have a beautiful wife that bend married to for 20 years and a great son that is 19 that took care of me and been standing by me for 2 months of withdrawals.I talk to a center for mental health….”"”"”"”"”"”I’m over alot of side effects but it is 30 degrees outside and I sweat so bad how long or is it ever going to go away”"”"…I know i shouldn’t be writing this All the doctor’s said I should be DEAD.My wife told me everything once they found me she was at work my boy was to but they was there at the van when they was working on me….I WISH I COULD TAKE THAT DAY BACK BIT I CAN’T FIND IT IN MY HEAD ANOTHER THING I WROTE A SUICIDE LETTER AND CALLED MY FAMILY AND SAID I LOVED THEM IF ANYTHING HAPPENS.I DON’T REMEMBER NOTHING THEM DRUG ARE AWFUL and she showed me pictures from the hospital it made me sick.I had so many hoses coming out of me and hook up to a breathing machine

9:42 pm January 18th, 2014

Hi Danny. What a testimony! I hope that you are doing well and that you enjoy every moment of life. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Best to you.

Andrew
1:14 pm February 24th, 2014

Hi!
How much water is needed in order to dissolve oxycodone tablets10mg?? 70cc ??

Jameyintexas
9:13 pm March 28th, 2014

I have a question about the effects of insufflation. A good friend of 20 years was snorting Roxy 30s. He had a brain aneurysm. He didn’t tell the drs that he was snorting them. I’m wondering if there is a strong chance of that or is he snorting other things that he’s not telling me about. I know for a fact he snorted the very large morphine 15mg. Do you think either of them is the culprit or just predisposed genetically.

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