Tuesday October 21st 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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45 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.

Some random addict somewhere....
5:01 am May 15th, 2014

If God isn’t ready to take you, it won’t matter how much you use, you just end up in the ER where they will treat you like shit and then off to a psych ward for an “evaluation”. Some addicts can’t overdose even when we try really hard and use so called lethal doses of drugs and alcohol combined, nope, no luck, we just wake right up and walk it off like it never even happened. It just wastes good meds, gets you locked up and lands you with people who are actually dangerous and want to kill you in a loony bin. You don’t get to peacefully drift off to heaven if you snort Oxy. It does suck being an addict. I think most people looking this shit up want to say how many pills do I need to swallow to die? Right? Is that the question? How many pills should I chop up and snort up before I’m dead? But that sounds bad so we present it in away that won’t alarm anyone to 5150 us. Is there a safe place to talk about addiction? It doesn’t feel like it. (P.S. For the constipated guy on Oxy, buy Phillips Milk of Magnesia, it’s in a blue bottle, it’s cherry flavored. Take two big swigs of that a day with water. You will go to the bathroom)

1:00 pm May 15th, 2014

Hi random.

Addiction does suck. And it can make you want to end your life. But there is a solution. Have you ever talked openly with an addictions specialist about what’s going on with you?

I wish you peace!

Random
1:28 pm May 15th, 2014

Yes, but if you tell them what you really think and feel, they have you committed because they worry you will harm yourself. There is no one to talk to. You can’t tell people you wish you were dead. Some drugs ruin you forever. Meth will ruin you forever and no amount of clean time ever restores you to whole again. I think the people on this particular site are just here to discuss Oxy which is an ok drug in high doses for helping you tolerate pain but probably not strong enough to kill a real addict. You would need a big dose of heroin to take down a real addict. A line of Oxy up your nose won’t do it. It’s a waste of time.

7:39 am May 16th, 2014

Hey again, Random. The people that can completely understand you are addicts in recovery. We’ve been there. We’ve thought those things. Have you connected with Narcotics Anonymous?

Random
3:07 pm May 16th, 2014

Hi, No I haven’t in a long time. My license is suspended from totaling my car when my blood sugar was too low so I don’t have a way to get myself to meetings until the DMV finds my diabetes to be controlled and allows my driving privelages to be re-instated. I finally quit drinking and smoking so now I am dry and loosing my mind. I wish I knew other people in recovery.

Grateful Recovering Addict
9:33 am May 21st, 2014

@Random; I know its hard but you need to get to a meeting (NO EXCUSES!!) have a friend drive you or take a bus (there are meetings in practically every city at all times…..yes there are that many of us) Go to the main site: http://na.org and see when you can get there, once a the meeting all you have to do is just listen, and then just talk to the women there and they will be more than happy to come pick you up and take you to more meetings because one addict helping another is without parallel and we only get to keep what we have by giving it away. FREE YOURSELF !!!! FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE!! I can’t promise that it will be perfect or even easy but I can promise it will be a lot better than the crap you are living in/with now.

new user
9:51 pm May 26th, 2014

I just snorted have a pill of 20mg strong release kind and it gave me the effects of being on oxy like 5 minutes after but really intense. Now I have the other have of the pill, can i take that oraly now? is there a way to inject my oxycodone time release pills? 20 mg? and how? I need help so I wont do it wrong. I already inject another opied almost daily called buprenorfina. 0.3mg 1ml. I would apreciate the help on how to make them injectable. thanks.

jacob rempel
2:27 pm June 15th, 2014

will snorting codene prevent constipation….im taking 10 mg a day for back pain…..I have tried many things to prevent constipation while taking them orally but nothing is working ” like metamusel and drinking tonns of water” but if there was a different way of taking them I would do it..

Daniel
1:46 am July 14th, 2014

Hi
Single doses greater than 40mg IR can be fatal?

Jennifer
1:44 am August 18th, 2014

I have been sniffing oxycodone for months now. I want to stop on my own but don’t know how. When I go without it for a couple hrs I have really bad jaw pain that will not go away until I snort it again. I need advice on how to stop safely on my own!

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
1:31 pm August 19th, 2014

Hi Jennifer. It’s a good start that you are willing to stop the habit. Here is an article that might help you get a better idea about what you’ll be facing: http://prescription-drug.addictionblog.org/how-to-stop-taking-oxycodone/
Of course, seeing a doctor to help you with a tapering schedule and having medical help available at any time during tapering and withdrawal is very important. Let us know if you have any other concerns.

Dee
3:22 pm August 23rd, 2014

I would like to know if snorting oxycodone causes any damage to your arteries such as plaque?

HighTolerance
4:54 am September 24th, 2014

Hello. This forum has been very helpful. I have Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and suffer with slipped disks and knee issues. Chronic pain is my life. I’m on 15mg oxycodone quick release and 20mg extended release oxymorphone. But my tolerance is so high now that neither meds work anymore and my Dr won’t higher it at this time. Is it safe to snort my 15mg oxy to get better and quicker pain relief. I need help. I’ve also been on the e dose of oxy for over 2 yrs. Just doesn’t work but Dr’s r hesitant because of my age I’m 29. And “too young ” for a higher dose right now as I’ll b on pain killers for the rest of my life says my dr. Advice please

HighTolerance
8:44 pm September 29th, 2014

I have chronic pain and have been suffering for years now. I’m on 10 mg opana twice a day and 15mg oxy 5 times a day. I have an extremely high tolerance and because of my age, I’m 29 my Dr’s won’t up my dose and I’m still n a lot of pain. My friend told me I should try to snort it for better pain relief. But I’ve never done drugs before outside of my prescription pain meds so I’m nervous at the thought . Well I have smoked grass in the past. Anyway if I tried to snort it what will be a safe starter for me? As I’m up to taking 30mg oxycodone orally to begin to get some pain relieve. Tour insight would be much appreciated.

some guy
8:49 pm October 1st, 2014

Ive been snorting oxys for about 6 months now anf enjoy it like any one else who does it. I realized the last time I was out for 5 days and felt my body letting me know. Depression, sleepy, stomache aches, runny nose, not caring about work. I can admit that when I found more it all went away and I never want to feel that way again. What Can I do to help me not feel so horrible and getting through trying to quit cause the pain I get makes me buy more. Dont want to be addicted to these awesome horrible pills no more. Help me stop?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
3:16 pm October 2nd, 2014

Hi some guy. You can probably start taking it orally, and then gradually taper doses down. This would lower the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. But, just to be safe, talk to a doctor first.

Dianne
2:28 am October 6th, 2014

Please let me know if there are side effects with snorting 40mg oxycodone, specifically to the the respiratory system and especially to the lungs.
Thank you

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
11:56 am October 6th, 2014

Hello Dianne. I can’t tell you the exact side-effects from a particular dose, such as 40 mg. But there are general, underlying risks and dangers from snorting oxycodone. In regards of the respiratory system, they include: slowed breathing, irregular breathing, damage to the sinuses and nasal membranes, it can even cause your breathing to stop, which can be fatal.

help Please
3:55 am October 7th, 2014

I was given oxycodene from a friend to take for a reoccurring shoulder pain but haven’t taken any yet because one I don’t want to be come addicted and two I’m scared of what will happen to me. Any answers to that? Please

Eric
3:06 am October 16th, 2014

I have oxycodone pills 20mg each and now I chew them up then I swallow them and my question is that is this more dangerous and am I damaging my organs or intestines by doiing this? I want to stop taking oxycodone but when I try to stop I wake up in the morning with my whole body hurting really bad and nothing gives me relief until around 6pm I finally give in and take 1 20mg oxy and that completely takes all the pain away and makes me feel better almost immediately I need help stoping. what should I tell my doctor that prescribes me these pills for pain? anything I should tell my doctor that he can subcribe me something to stop taking oxys? thank you and great blog.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
3:43 pm October 17th, 2014

Hi Eric. Your doctor can help you with creating a tapering schedule that will reduce the doses of oxy you are taking, but it will be done slowly and over time, so the severity of the withdrawal symptoms will be reduced. Also, your doctor can prescribe other meds that treat oxycodone withdrawal symptoms.

Chris
6:52 am October 19th, 2014

Eric, your concern is the same as mine, although I do not do that high amount every single day, just 2 – 3 times a week and it IS to be out of pain. I can’t imagine childbirth pain if my shoulders and back hurt so much. I also have DGD and RA which makes it worse. Hope you (WE) get an answer. This seems like a great place for info. I saw other blogs and they SU*KED!

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