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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.

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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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100 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!

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?

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

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.

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
6:45 am October 19th, 2014

I have been on Percocet (Oxycodone) since 2011. Before that I started on Vicodin in 2008 after an injury. I take 10/325 up to 8 times a day, usually snorted because of bilateral Rotor Cuff Tears and 5 Surgeries total on both. I also suffer from Insomnia and Depression and usually take 2mg Xanax and 10mg Valium 4 times a day (not all the time). SOMETIMES (not always) I take over the recommended amount of APAP and I am afraid of Liver Damage and Death. I am 50 and have a HIGH TOLERANCE for pain Medication as I am also on 80mg of Opana a day (40mg every 12 hours). Has anyone taken this amount of Percocet (over the APAP Limit) sometimes and been diagnosed with Liver Damage or Liver Failure?

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!

Brandon
9:34 pm October 23rd, 2014

I am not here to promote AA/NA but I do want to say that I went to NA for oxy abuse after coming clean. 4 days of the flu then a few days of depression. Hot showers , hyland restless leg tabs ( whole foods) , couple xanax and it was tolerable. I discovered NA was to chaotic and to many high kids coming and going almost like a high school party ( I am 34). I am glad to see them all trying of course. I then started AA and things got better quick for me. More meetings and longer sobriety. The old timers went through the same shit we are or went through except with booze. Booze is no joke when you drink until you withdrawal. I hear its life threatening unlike opiate withdrawal. Go to meetings, get a Sponser and don’t leave until the miracle happens. I’ve been going for 6 months and improvement is happening. No miracle but better than day 1. It took 2 months to grasp what AA/Na was really about. Please try it. It may save your life . God bless you all.

jc
10:32 am October 25th, 2014

sup i used to sniff two 20mg oxys a day i cut it down to only 10mg a day am i going down the right path?

Boyd
8:09 pm November 4th, 2014

My son has been clean for some time but he confessed yesterday he had snorted oxy. How long does it stay in your system? I want to be able to drug test him to see if he’s continuing to do it but I want to be sure I’m not detecting what he did yesterday. From my understanding, I need to test for oxycotin not opiates.

Brandon
3:51 pm November 6th, 2014

Boyd, 4 days is a pretty safe bet 5 at most

joe
2:06 am December 22nd, 2014

I need oxys help me!!!!!

sandylouise
12:40 pm December 28th, 2014

just wondering if you chew up your medicine. Xanax. soma
what is the affect?

helping a friend
3:23 am January 1st, 2015

My friend snorted 20mg of percocet what can I do? Will food help water

jay
1:42 am January 7th, 2015

i get really constipated when taking vicodin, would snorting it reduce the constipation

George Glumicich
12:37 am January 11th, 2015

I was prescribed 5mg Oxycodone for shoulder pain, but never took any. I carry them with me, just in case. I am afraid to share a room with someone I know, as I am afraid that she will go through all my things and take the pills. What should I do?

3:03 pm January 12th, 2015

Hello and thank you for trying to help your friend. The best and safest thing you can do for him is to get him some professional medical help. Get him to the ER or Call 911.

Amber
11:53 pm January 23rd, 2015

So.. I have been snorting oxys for over ten years now. I’ve been on higher doses, but I currently take 40 mg 4 times a day and also wear a 50 mcg fentanyl patch. I have ridiculous chronic pain in my neck, but the worst is my chronic headaches. They are a result of severe arthritis in 6 of the 7 discs in my neck. So… I have attempted many, many times to get myself to that place where there is NO PAIN. Several months ago I snorted about 45 30mg oxys over a period of about a day and a half. I had extremely severe edema, my whole body was swollen. But my legs, ankles and feet were HUGE; I couldn’t walk. And I also had a murmur in my heart. How is it possible that this didn’t kill me???

Irish
5:14 am January 25th, 2015

How long would it take before a person feels these negative side effects? I’m assuming it would take only minutes?

bill
4:13 am February 2nd, 2015

How long does an oxycodone ir 15 mg stay in your systen after it is snorted

Elin
6:06 pm March 1st, 2015

Hi, I have a question which no one seems to be able to answer including my physician. I have either asthma or COPD, not sure which. When I use (swallow) Oxycodone, my breathing becomes easier, if not normal. Any ideas as to why this might be? Thank you.

Scott
2:38 am March 6th, 2015

My son has been snorting oxycodone and I’m upset and scared..he is 12 how can be help him

Rob B
4:45 am March 28th, 2015

Hi Scott. Get your son to the nearest mental health or substance abuse clinic as soon as possible. They will do an assessment and get him into treatment right away. If he has just started, he can probably stop without too many withdrawal symptoms. However, if he has been doing it awhile, he will go through withdrawal and I am not sure how well a young person such as he will do with these. Indeed, at that age, if taking an oxy will get rid of the withdrawals, I can’t imagine him being strong enough to cope with them when ending them is as easy as swallowing a pill. Thus, the assessment process can determine if he needs inpatient detox assistance. Yet, do not wait and do not worry about him being labeled an addict at such a young age. I know parents who hesitate to get their kids help because they don’t want their children to be labeled, but opiate addiction is very dangerous and immediate intervention is necessary. I am have a Ph.D., but I am also an active opiate addict. Thus, I have first hand knowledge of how dangerous the addiction can be. Good Luck!

Mallory
10:28 pm April 20th, 2015

I’m not snorting drugs or any kind but I have my suspicions about my mom’s old bf and I’m worried becausemy mom and him have a good relationship. This helped a lot

Worried
6:44 am April 26th, 2015

My best friend snorts Oxys and is supposedly cutting down to quit. I don’t think she is and I’m trying to support her so she will quit again. She has done it before and now that she is a parent, I know she can again. I just don’t see any real improvement, if anything now that she knows I know, it is worse. How can I help her?

Mick
5:57 am May 5th, 2015

This is my preferred method of taking my prescribed OxyContin. It gives instant analgesia, and as I am well tolerant, there is no danger (I am currently prescribed a third of what I was ten years ago). However doing this necessitates redosing three times daily rather than twice. So I am always left with a week every month with no OC at all and have to improvise with other meds.

Lizzy
5:59 am May 9th, 2015

If someone snorted 60mg of oxycodone all at once, how long will it take to test negative on a urine drug screen? I have heard that the elimination half life if oxycodone is 4.5 hours and to test negative you have to have at least .01 mg in your urine sample. I have been trying to figure out how to do the formula to get the number of hours it would take for one to test negative after taking the 60mg all at once! Thank you

Mick
8:47 pm May 11th, 2015

10 mcg? That is such a small amount you might as well say ZERO. Where did that info come from? You would require an extremely accurate and sensitive test to detect 10mcg in any urinalysis! Certainly the usual 7-panel test used by most institutions would not detect that small an amount of Oxycodone and they could have entered your system through as little as being in the same room as somebody who was smoking a pill or something. Do you really understand quite how small an amount that is? Take a grain of sand. Or salt. Crush it up. Find a particle, and you have probably got that kind of amount.
I know people who have tested positive for all kinds of things that they (to their knowledge) haven’t even been close to. False results, especially at these kinds of level, are not exactly uncommon. Second hand heroin smoke and marijuana smoke are most commonly found in these ‘false positives’. Probably because these days one can hardly go anywhere at all without being exposed to some kind or another of either, being so common. Sit ten minutes in a room where somebody has smoked half a gram of Afghani heroin base a couple of hours ago and you stand a good chance of ending up with 10mcg/per… YOU DID NOT SAY IN WHAT AMOUNT OF BLOOD – and urinalysis unless performed with extremely expensive equipment which costs a lot PER TEST is not the most accurate of methods.

Rob B
5:53 pm May 14th, 2015

@ Mick. I do not know what places you hang out, but the idea that one can “hardly go anywhere” without being exposed to heroin smoke is quite the ridiculous statement! I am 43 years old and have never, ever been around heroin smoke. I have never ever been around anyone who used heroin except when working in the human services field. I guess if drugs and drug users are your lifestyle, then this statement might make more sense. But for those of us who do not run with addicts on a daily basis, being around heroin smoke is not at all common. Another concern about your post is that 10 mg of oxycodone taken within 2-3 days of a standard urine test will almost always show up. You are correct, it is a relatively small dose especially for many of us on this discussion board, but it is not minute and will trigger a positive test result in most people. I don’t mean to critique you, but I work in the field and have a lot of professional experience with these types of things and would not want someone getting the wrong information.

friend of a user
9:57 pm June 20th, 2015

Will sniffing oxycodone long-term damage your sinus cavity & or cause sinus tumors? If so will they heal on their own after you stop using? Or will there be permanent damage?

friend of a user
5:37 am June 28th, 2015

Jennifer I have the same question as you and can’t get an answer. I really need help as it is getting out of control & excruciating pain. Idk what to do & I’m in fear of losing my job & possibly my family. I’m not happy with myself& can’t get any answers without being put away somewhere.

Kim
4:08 am July 9th, 2015

My husband has congestive heart failure he’s on dialysis type 1 hepatitis c and his heart is functioning at 10% or less still he continues to snort pills. We fight about this all the time he says that snorting the pills doesn’t affect his lung, but he has been the the hospital once a month for the past four months because he is unable to breathe. Once he is in there for a day or two he starts to straighten up

Todd
11:57 pm July 21st, 2015

Question for the blogger.
I have been prescribed 8 30mg oxycodone a day which I snort, use 50mg fentinyl patches, and prescribed 3 40mg oxycotin a day. Went to the Dr for a blood test and it shows I have pertussis which I have no idea how. I’ve always been in top physical shape my whole life before my accidents which now been taking these painkillers for 5 years and for 6 months smoked heroin to bridge the gap when I ran out early many weeks which turned into just smoking H for that half year. But got off herion and back on my regular pain meds.
Could snorting oxycodone cause pertussis? Or could it have been from smoking H? Maybe from neither but anything you can tell me about this would be great.
Let me know if you have any info that can help.
Thanks

ReadyToStop
2:17 am August 31st, 2015

Please email me asap

1:42 pm August 31st, 2015

Hello ReadyToStop. You can call the helpline number displayed on our page and speak with our trusted treatment providers that will help you find the most suitable treatment plan for you.

sally
5:21 am September 7th, 2015

Tbh ppl will tell u anything just so u wont do it, my only advice is do not do more than what ur body can handle, but w oxycodone , I will warn u eat before snorting , bc when I did it my first time I was throwing up for hrs lmao, if ur gunna snort a pill if ur small dont snort more than 30 or 40mg , if ur medium dont snort more than 60mg , n if ur big dont snort more than 80mg , also drink water n make sire ur hydrated.

Natasha
5:50 pm September 13th, 2015

What happens if you take a 15 mg Oxicodone orally and at the same time snorting the same amount… followed by orally taking a alprazolam 1mg?

kay
6:34 pm October 7th, 2015

Just wondering why when I first started snorting oxy80s I got really high and now I get really sleepy instead. I get that I’ve built a tolerance to it but why would it only make me sleepy now instead of helping with the pain I’m in and feeling good?

Paul
7:25 am October 22nd, 2015

How long after snorting oxymorphone will it take to od if your going to?

Seggie
3:50 am November 13th, 2015

I got these new oxy 10 milligrams that I’ve never ever seen before but I could crush them I just want to know if I can Snort them. They got the number 10 on one side nothing on the other side and is blue

1:50 pm November 13th, 2015

Hi Seggie. Yes, if they are round pills with 10 imprinted on one side and OC imprinted on the other – that is oxycodone 10mg. However, snorting Oxycodone is never recommended and you can read about the risks and dangers of doing so in the article above.

n
2:33 am December 5th, 2015

Hi , someone told me u can roll a cotton ball into the powder of a oxycodone and water mixture. and then put the cotton up ur nose and snort it like that ! Is that true ? Or would u say they r lieing and r probably injecting it with a needleand its a cover story?

Dan
2:00 pm December 14th, 2015

Just snorted a 20mg n its alright wish it was a 30mg:-) thought ppl should kno

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
9:16 pm December 14th, 2015

Hi, Dan. The fatal dose varies from person to person. It’s always different.

Ioseph
3:46 am January 9th, 2016

what happens if you take expired oxycodone?

Cr Walters
5:52 am January 11th, 2016

Hello
, this is from a experience of pain and opiates , yest they are very addictive when used wrong AND AS PRESCRIBED, yes you body does develop a tolerance that will make you need more drug and YES they are real b! tch to come off of
MY ADVISE FOR PAIN relief is to try CBD oil
It is unbelievable how well CBD oil works for pain relief ,I was doing 50-60 mg a day of axy forpain and always needed more
I tried snorting the drug to get more pain relief BUT afyter 4 days of doing my does ‘
I had an experience with very labored breathing ( I made my copd give me an exascerdation ( flair up ) the bad news , it scared the living crap out of me
The good news, it scared me so bad I STOPPED SNORTIN AND STOP SMOKING
SNORTING with ANY lung weakness ( asthma, copd , emphasema ) can be deadly, when you snort the crushed pill the dust also goes into your lungs and inflames the tissue ,at the same time the drug causes your breathing reflex to shallow and you exhale slowly many times unknowingly you do not inhale for a long time causing your body to starve for oxygen and this can cause you to slowly or rapidly become unconscious
My breathing attack was the scariest thing I have ever experienced as I sai
I imeadiatlly hi tthe internet ,
There was on account where someone else that had had my experience used cbd’s to decrease his pain AND used eddiable marijuana to help manage his pain
I imeadiatlly ordered cbd oil online ( miracle smoke has an oral dose oil( call and talk to a rep about the oral CBD oil)
and I bought some non-medical marijuana from a friend the grows his own
I decided to make eddibles, (Again online instructions to harvest the thc’s for cooking ,decarbolaxin definatly make the nasty taste go way)
Been to years of self medicating with Cbd’s and edible M.J.
I no longer have to snort to kill the pain
my pain level has gone down to I where only use 5-15 Mg a day
and in the summer when my pain level is the lowest I some time only use my oxys every other day
WITH NO WITHDRAWL
I realized that the edibles made my withdrawl very tolerable when I first cut way back ( I like t=o breath and not have panic attacks from restricted breathing 0 so when my girl friend toold me of a friend of here’s who was a heroin addict that was trying to get clean
I made him a very strong batch of marijuana cookies and we went to see him at 5 in the morning
We got him awake ( with great difficulty ) and made him get up with us , we brought coffee and had him eat 2 of my cookies and drink 2 large glasses of water
after about 1 1\2 hours he said he was tierd , I checked his pulse and listened to his chest with my ear
his breathing was strong and deep and well regulated ( no pause between breaths )
, We let him go to sleep and stayed with him
about 6 hours latter we he woke up , we made coffee and he had 2 more cookies and as much water as he could drink,. while he was still awake he related that even though it was almost 8 hours since he had done his normal amount of heroin
he had almost none of the normal withdrawl cravings that he had when he tried to stop cold turkey before ( especial the terrible feeling in his stomach ) again after an hour 1\2 he was back to sleep , we again checked him out and watched movies until til he woke up again 4 hours later
More coffee and cookies and water (
, but an hour later he was ” ravenous ‘ we mad some soup and he had it with bread (easily digested food ) after eating, more sleep we stayed again until he woke up
he urinated forever , he said his urine smelled and looked terrible , but again was surprised that his withdrawl was ‘ Minimal ”
we stayed for a while , he said we could leave ( he had a cookie for desert also ) because he was tired again ( I figured it was best to let him sleep through his cravings )
I checked him out and we stayed for an hour before we left
and I left the cookies and a pot of coffee so all he would have to do is nuke it
I believe that the coffee ,being a diuretic and the water helped purge his system of the high dose of heroin ( opioid) and the M.J. cookies helped his body and mind deal with the lessening of opiates
He started using heroin because he could no longer afford the street or prescription opiates ,and when he did get his script It was gone in 4 days and he was back in pain
he called at around 2 am to tell us he was doing well and he had more water and cookies with milk this time
He hasen’t relapsed to heroin yet (4 years latter ) and he is now using 1\3 the pain meds to control his pain
He makes his own edibles ( great brownies and home made chocolates from Medical M.J. 0
We have helped many with with drawl, but he was the most strung out
The detox centers should do studies about M.J. and opiate with drawl
it is at least worth a try for those of you tryingto manage pain AND GET OFF THE HIGH DOSES
please try the cbd’s and the Eddibles ( eating the M.J. works the best for pain relief and withdrawl
it last longer and helps you body and head by giving it a different ‘High ”
but in itself IS NOT ADDICTIVE and IMPOSSIBLE TO O.D. on
for your own sake and health I beg you to PLEASE AT LEAST TRY Mediables and CBD’s ( CBD’s are legal in every state and online legally )
I have been where you are and wish you all the best in your struggles
Mother nature has many cures and we have but to find the ones that work for us
Get your life back and you will see that it is worth living when you have less pain
sorry for the spelling and writing skills
I am intelegent but have little education ,
I am 60 years old and look foreward to many more happy years
a feeling I did not have when I was fighting pain and opiate addiction

Jon
10:25 pm January 11th, 2016

Been a constant snorter for 6 years….mostly oxycodone but also hydrocodone, roxcicet, herion. Been clean 3 days..I can go weeks even a month or two without using. This being said I cannot resist the temptation of it when its available…. Its like common sense says please no…but my brain makes it a goal to get as much of it up my nose as fast as possible. Just looking for advice, rehab or help at this point is not an option.

CR WALTERS
12:38 am January 19th, 2016

Jon make some very strong eddibles from some high thc bud
and TRY A VICKS Vapor nasal inhaler
This will help with the physical \mental BURN you get from snorting
when in the service
the drug snorters said it really helped get past the craving for the burn in you nasal \head
the high thc will not kill you but you will get very very high and it will help if you have opiate
and the opiate craving
A bonus is the M.J. meds and cbd’s will help mend you body
and most of all
YOU HAVE TO FIND A REAL REASON TO LIVE BESIDES YOUR ADDICTION
Drugs lie to you by giving a false comfort and happieness
Think about tomorrow without the drugs
and remember happy time without or before the drugs
ask yourself for strength to do this and please think of the people you hide your addiction from
They are the ones you care about the most and you would have the most reason to find your strength for
Brother I have been their and my greatest strength was found when I told them of my struggles and asked them for help
if you cannot do this battle alone form your own army to fight it with you

jamie
2:45 am January 25th, 2016

Will I get a headache if I’ve snorted too much roxicet?

Anon
4:08 pm January 25th, 2016

If I have a 10mg oxycodone but I don’t want to take the full thing, can I cut it in half for a 5mg or will that ruin the controlled release?

Curious Jane
5:14 am March 4th, 2016

Are the oxys with the imprint NP 12 ok to snort? I am use to the Oxy Immediate Release 10mg but got some of the NP12s and they seem very hard to crush up. I get fast acting results by doing them this way and with my chronic pain need fast action not to wait around for them to kick in by taking them orally. I fall asleep when taking them orally and my busy schedule prevents me from waiting around and/or falling asleep when taking them orally on a daily basis.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:52 pm March 4th, 2016

Hi, Jane. Please consider that it is illegal to consume medications other than prescribed, and snorting is an illegal way of administration. Keep in mind that you put yourself at risk.

Rich
8:25 am March 17th, 2016

So I have some roxicodone marked 244 and there a tad bit bigger then what I remember Roxies to be back in let’s say 09′-10′. I know they’re immediate release but after blowing 150mgs. I was left with little euphoria. I know they reformulated the OxyCotins back some years ago. Making them borderline indestructible and pretty much useless. Anyways here’s my question. Did they reformulated these as well also? I remember buying Roxie’s years ago and one left me decent , two left me perfect, and three was super noticeable to those around me. So, is there any reason these things don’t seem as powerful as they used to or should I try a new method to help the onset appear quicker or nah?

Julie
6:42 am April 1st, 2016

I used to snort oxys and have quit and am getting off long acting morphine with the help of my Dr.
I take everything as directed now …..However, I think I damaged my lungs from snorting them.
I wheeze so bad and have a hard time breathing….it’s been a couple months and they are just as
bad. Will they ever get better?

Closet Addict
6:47 am April 12th, 2016

When I was 18 i starting having severe chronic abdominal pain with vomiting, severe as in screaming for hours on end and passing out from the pain sometimes, and no doctor could find a diagnosis. For years I avoided pain meds at all cost, my mother was an addict and as a child I remember her getting so high she would pass out literally in the middle of chewing her food and sleep all nght with food in her mouth, I would wake her up in the morning and she would start chewing. That memory stopped me from taking pain meds for years even with excruciating pain. However, I eventually gave in, and after 6 years of responsible narcotic use for the pain I was, unavoidably, physically addicted. Then I started giving myself reasons why it was ok for me to take the meds even though I wasn’t in pain. I would think things like “It’s ok for me to take it now because I know it will hurt eventually, so I’m just being proactive” By that time my tolerance was so high 6ml’s of 20mgs per 1ml Roxonal (Liquid morphine taken oraly) would barely effect me. It’s around that time I began blatantly taking it to get high, and would even fake my pain sometimes and go to the ER so I could get IV dilaudid. Despite all this I somehow convinced myself that I could stop anytime, and when my chronic pain problem was solved, surprisingly I did… For a few months. Now I buy my meds illegally and recently started snorting 30mg blues, and have gotten so good at hiding it I know none of my friends or family will be able to find out if I don’t want them to. I’m afraid that one day after I have kids I’ll be found by one of them, on the couch, asleep, with a midnight snack still in my mouth or worse, on the couch dead. Opioid pain meds have a mind of their own, they change you, make you abandon your values and change you into the worst version of yourself you can be. I wish more than anything I would have chose to endure the pain and stuck with my gut feeling to stay away from the meds. This is the first time these thoughts have left my head, no one in my life knows I’m an addict, aside from all of you now. Tonight will be the last night of my life I spend high, drifting in and out of consciousness, alone in my room with the door locked. I came here looking for a better way to get high, but I’ll leave with the courage to get sober. Thank you to the people who were honest and shared their stories, you gave me the courage to say these things for the first time.

James
1:29 am May 10th, 2016

When snorting, if you mix Oxycodone with water, does it change how it will affect you vs. dry?

sOMEONE SEEKING HELP
2:57 am May 21st, 2016

bEEN SNORTING ABOUT 2/3 OF A WHOLE 20 MG OPANA A DAY FOR ABOUT 40 DAYS . dECIDED NEEDED TO STOP THIS ACTION. 60 YEARS OLD. wHAT SHOULD i EXPECT AND WHAT IS BEST THING i CAN DO TO BE SAFE AS i HAVE HEART TROUBLE AND a fIB AND WANT TO REDUCE PROBLEMS IF i AM ADDICTED NOW. i BEAT hYDROMORPHONE WITH tRAMADOL. sO WHAT S MY ADDICTION ON A SCALE F 100 SNORTING 2/3 OF A 20 MG EACH DAY tHANKS

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:52 pm May 26th, 2016

Hi, Someone. Why don’t you call the number you see on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

renee
9:07 pm July 13th, 2016

how long dose oxycodone stay in your blood system

Jc
11:42 pm July 14th, 2016

I’ve been on these pain meds for 6 years. Started with shoulder surgery and 325-10 Percs. Was perscibed 90 per month. After 5-6 months I asked the Dr. For more. He quickly gave me 150 per month. A respected orthopedic surgeon!! I was hooked now using to feel normal over pain. Had a knee surgery 2 years after. Was perscibed 15mg roxicodone (greens) and 80mg ER OxyContin. After years I’ve decided to stop. But, you find out you can’t cuz the withdrawals are so insanely terrible. You have to WEAN off. My pain management dr is awesome. I’m down to 10mg oxy (pinks) and 20mg ER OxyContin. Soon, he’ll reduce the Mg again until I’m off. I do find myself crushing and snorting the immediate release sometimes when my pain gets really bad. It’s immediate relife. I’ve been so tolerant for so long, swallowing just gets me normal, not “high” or out of pain. I will stop that and continue to wean. I’m skeptical of going the suboxone route so I’d rather wean and be done. I haven’t lost my job or family, I have spent $$ if I would run out of my script early. I guess I’ve always felt that if I’m not hitting rock bottom, I don’t have a problem. Well that’s FALSE. I know some of you feel that way too. You have to admit to yourself that you have an issue. Then please find a dr. Willing to help you get well. Don’t be afraid to admit it to them. They will help you. Best of luck to all

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:31 pm July 19th, 2016

Hi Renee. Usually, oxycodone can be detected in the blood up to 24 hours after administration.

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