Wednesday September 3rd 2014

What happens when you snort Percocet?

When you snort Percocet

People who snort Percocet (oxycodone) usually do so because they want to relieve pain faster. In fact, this may be true: onset of action is significantly shorter when you snort Percocet (oxycodone) than taking the drug normally. But while you are snorting Percocet, you potentially increase your Percocet tolerance. Additionally, the body develops Percocet physical dependence, or physical dependence on oxycodone, and becomes increasingly in need of Percocet for the body to function.

Read more here to learn what does Percocet do to the body and the dangers that come with snorting oxycodone. Plus, a section for your questions about Percocet at the end.

What does snorting Percocet do?

When you snort Percocet, you crush the tablet into a powder and snort it through the nose. When you snort Percocet, the absorption rate into the body is significantly faster than when you take Percocet orally. The oxycodone in the Percocet is concentrated, absorbed into the mucous membranes of the nasal tissues and works almost instantaneous. This concentrated dose of oxycodone passes the blood-brain barrier much faster than an oral Percocet dose because Percocet doesn’t have to go through the GI tract in order to enter the bloodstream. Therefore, it only take about 2-4 minutes before you feel the effects of Percocet when snorted. But what happens next?

Once Percocet has reached the brain, oxycodone attaches to the opioid receptors in the central nervous system. This is how Percocet helps mitigate any pain you are feeling, by changing the way that you perceive of pain. This is also what gets you high. Percocet is concentrated on these receptors, activating the pleasure center of the brain. Your body can feel extremely relaxed and pleasant while you are no longer feeling any pain as well. However, concentrated exposure to oxycodone increases your risk of adverse effects and overdose.

Is snorting Percocet bad for you?

There is a reason the Percocet is prescribed as it is. On any label for Percocet you will notice that it advises against chewing, crushing, or snorting Percocet. Percocet is coated because it is meant to be digested and distributed to the opioid receptors slowly. So, in short: yes, snorting Percocet is bad for you. There are several adverse and negative effects snorting Percocet can cause. They can include:

  • cardiac arrest
  • coma or unconsciousness
  • death
  • dilated pupils
  • dizziness
  • nausea/vomiting
  • overdose
  • slow heart rate

Is snorting Percocet dangerous?

Yes, snorting Percocet can be dangerous. You can severely damage your nasal cavities, even killing your sense of smell. When you snort Percocet, you also produce negative side effect because of the concentrated level of Percocet in the body. The body has a hard time absorbing that much Percocet into the body and the opioid receptors get flooded. When this happens, you run the risk of overdose. Overdose is a process by which your body is experiencing Percocet poisoning. In response, the body works hard to get rid of oxycodone from the body. Listed below are typical signs of an opiate overdose.

  • bluish skin
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • loss of consciousness
  • respiratory arrest
  • seizures
  • shallow labored breathing
  • sweating
  • vomiting

Furthermore, because Percocet works so well people who snort Percocet run the risk of developing an addiction. Why? Because you are more likely to get high when you snort Percocet. If you seek Percocet for euphoria, you will become addicted to Percocet over time. This route of administration increases your risk of Percocet addiction.

Is snorting Percocet effective?

Yes. Snorting Percocet is effective. Snorting Percocet works to both relieve pain and induce euphoria. Plus, snorted Percocet takes less time and works faster to produce effect. But, snorted Percocet also wears off sooner. And while snorting Percocet delivers analgesic effects quickly, this doesn’t mean it’s better. You are likely to feel the pain return sooner than you would normally, forcing you to go through more Percocet in a day then is clinically recommended.

Can you snort Percocet?

Can you snort Percocet? Yes. Should you? No. Doctors prescribe Percocet orally for purposes of safety and to limit the amount of Percocet concentrated into the body. Labels warn against snorting Percocet because they know the risk involved. Nor should you be snorting Percocet all of the time. The more you continue to snort Percocet, the more you increases ricking negative reactions even to the point of liver failure, overdose, and death. Overall the risk and dangers outweigh any potential benefits and ability snorting Percocet has on the body. Please consider not snorting Percocet to treat your pain or to use Percocet recreationally. Or at the least, understand the risks that are involved and if you are going to snort Percocet, snort less than you would take orally.

When you snort Percocet questions

Do you know someone who is snorting Percocet? Then they may be addicted to Percocet and may need to seek out treatment. Look for the signs of addiction and whether or not they need to withdrawal or seek out a treatment facility. And if you still have questions concerning snorting Percocet, ask us below.  Any questions you have will receive a personal and prompt response.

Resources: Medline Plus: Hydrocodone/oxycodone overdose
FDA: Oxycodone (controlled release)
NCBI: Oxycodone abuse in New York City: Characteristics of intravenous and intranasal users

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13 Responses to “What happens when you snort Percocet?
lynnann
12:33 am July 31st, 2013

can you get vascultis (I believe that’s what I was told) or any type of blood vessel blockage or swelling from snorting Percocet? I’ve been having severe pressure in the back of my head and in my eye, where it feels twice as big as the other, and blurred vision (all on the right side) for almost 3 months now and been going for tests, my dr. told me I had ms, because he seen spots on the right side of my brain from a mri. and after the spinal tap it came back negative, so then he proceeded to ask me a few questions to see what’s going on and one question was: was I doing any street drugs… and in the past I was addicted to snorting Percocet. (but I was scared to tell him about the Percocet and now am scared also to get the blood work, in fear it from that) and wondering if the spots and these symptoms could be from that and should I be concerned?

8:23 am August 13th, 2013

Hello lynnann. You may want to share you past drug use with your doctor. This is important medical information that s/he needs during the course of your treatment. And the questions you’re asking here would really be best addressed by a qualified medical professional! Good luck and be brave. Doctors who are well trained do not judge addiction – they understand it.

Ted
3:37 pm November 24th, 2013

I have a friend who snorts percocet and drinks a lot of alcohol on top of it. He is always telling me to snort it with him, but I won’t and he tries to make me feel bad by acting offended. First of all I don’t think it will do anything and I am afraid of the health risks which have been confirmed by this informative website. He is always sitting on his couch and doesn’t like to go out anymore. He only wants to snort percocet. On top of this he is obese if not morbidly obese. I am afraid for his health, but whenever I try to bring it up he gets defensive which makes me stop. He is only 23 and I think its going to lead to an early grave for him. Are there any websites that might be helpful in going about recruiting his roommate for an intervention?

jen
4:41 pm December 10th, 2013

I caught my husband snorting Percocet. Also I know he is taking at least 6-8 a day. He claims because he is 280lbs and he has been taking them for so long he needs more. He is also taking muscle relaxers and has his own supply of testosterone which he injects himself. I cant talk to him because he insist he doesn’t have a problem and gets really angry. I think the testosterone is making him crazy. I am afraid for my children how do I get him t get help if he feels he has no problem.

9:41 am December 12th, 2013

Hi Jen. You may need the help of a professional: a psychotherapist, family counselor, or social worker. In cases of extreme aggression or denial, it can help to seek the advice of people who deal with cases of substance abuse on a daily basis. They can help identify patterns of enabling or co-dependence and advise you on next best steps. In some cases, distance and separation may be required. Are you ready to face possible addiction head-on? I send you my very best wishes for courage and endurance, Jen.

amanda
3:22 am May 29th, 2014

If you are prescribed percocet 30 mg, can you cut them in half and take them orally?

amanda
3:29 am May 29th, 2014

1.can snorting percocet have anything to do with loss of eyesight. I already have retinapothy

8:20 am May 29th, 2014

Hello Amanda. Prescription drugs should be used as prescribed, so make sure that if you’re lowering your doses, your doctor OK’s it. If you’ve developed physical dependency, lowering doses by more than 25% at once can bring on withdrawal symptoms. I’m not sure if snorting Percocet is related to loss of eyesight; you’ll need to check in with an ENT or ophthalmologist about this.

cat
2:59 am July 2nd, 2014

Will a doctor keep prescribing perkocet if he is aware the patient is snorting?

10:03 am July 2nd, 2014

Hello Cat. No, usually doctors discontinue prescription if they know that an opioid drug like Percocet is being abused. But to be sure about the laws that governm your state, check in with your state Attorney General’s Office. http://ash.org/aglist.html

diane
12:24 am July 9th, 2014

I have a family member who snorts pills. He thinks it’s harmless… I need to know what to tell him and maybe some literature to scare him.

cheryl
10:32 pm July 20th, 2014

I noticed some of my percocets were missing. I take them asi have ms. I found the percocets and some of my sleeping pills, which i noticed were decreasing also, in his tylenol arthrits bottle. I have dumped my percocet and hid my sleeping pills, there was 80 left of 120 since july 4th and i no that in 15 days i did not take 40 pills. I take mine at night and just 1. I no my husband chews the sleeping pill but i found parts of pill on the bathroom vanity. My husband sleeps about 8 hrs a day and all night. He has this persistant cough and hes nose runs. My husband is a alcoholic who hasn’t drank in 4 yrs but this seems to be his addiction. My husband was sober when i met and married him. Not sure what to do.

Manny
7:00 pm August 28th, 2014

Hello…. My girlfriend was addicted to percocet and snorted it. She has quit but is experincing pain in her throat and sinus and can only releave it by snorting tylenol. Has anyone heard of this or possible remedy?

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