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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.

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  • 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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58 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?

russel
1:52 am September 4th, 2014

a friend is addicted to snorting percs, wants to stop, should he ween down, and what might be the withdrawal symptoms

Ron
8:45 pm September 4th, 2014

My son is starting to take Percocet because of his strong social anxiety and other fears; he does speak with a doctor about it, but doesn’t seem to get put on a medication that helps. Is there a medication that he could suggest to the doctor that would relieve some of his fears? He can hardly go shopping and can’t look for work.

1:04 pm September 9th, 2014

Hi Russel. I believe you can find all needed info on Percocet withdrawal treatment here: http://prescription-drug.addictionblog.org/percocet-withdrawal-treatment-how-to-treat-percocet-withdrawal/

7:18 am September 10th, 2014

Hi Ron. Have you tried getting your son to talk to a psychologist? Psychologists are different than psychistrists because they work with patients to resolve the problems and uncover what is causing the problem in the first place. Psychiatrists are those who give medications to change the brain’s chemistry by saying that each behavioral change is due to a “chemichal disbalance”. Maybe the reason why medications haven’t worked so far is because there is nothing thay can fix. I believe behavioral therapy with a psychologist would help better.

Ann
11:10 am September 26th, 2014

Can percocet cause problems for one to use the bathroom going number 2. Can snorting oxys cause you to have egg burps?. How many days can you snort peeks before it becomes a habit?. How does one wean themselves off the pills without getting really sick. I get alot of perks per month 5 &10s. I refuse to go on methadone, or saboxin i went that route and talk about being sick those to drugs take the cake. Theres got to be away to do it by yourself with out going to program. Thank you for your time

9:49 am October 2nd, 2014

Hi Ann. If you want to quit Percocet, do it on your own and with success, you will still need doctor’s assistance. You can contact your doctor to help you create a tapering schedule. That way, you can lower Percocet doses gradually and feel less severe withdrawal symptoms. During tapering you should always have your doctor’s emergency phone number, so you can contact him/her if there is need.

Chris
5:03 pm December 13th, 2014

Hello I’ve been abusing Percocet for about two years off and on.it kinda snow balled on me I take roughly bout ten a day of the 10/325 I’m through week one of withdrawals. How much longer will the symptoms last I’m getting a little energy back everyday. But I still have a few symptoms that are making it harder to resist.thank you I just want to work on a game plan to to keep going strong and staying away.

4:05 pm December 16th, 2014

Hello Chris. Withdrawal symptoms from Percocet usually resolve within five to ten days after cessation. However, the number of symptoms you experience, how long you experience them, and how severe the symptoms of Percocet withdrawal all depend on your body’s individual response to withdrawal, how long you’ve been taking the medications and the dose of oxycodone you’ve been taking.

Trista
11:23 pm December 24th, 2014

I know in my heart that my husband is snorting percocet in our bathroom. I have seen powder and small chuncks of these pills. Is there something like rubbing alcohol I can put on the counter that will burn his nose but not cause damage? I know that sounds crazy but until I can prove it I can’t get him help.

1:29 pm December 29th, 2014

Hi Trista. Let me start off by saying your idea is not a good one at all. Have you heard of surface substance testing? Here is an article where you can learn more: http://drug.addictionblog.org/how-can-i-drug-test-without-someone-knowing/ and I believe that a positive drug test can be a good argument on your behalf, not harming him to prove a point.

marybeth
1:26 am February 16th, 2015

If u have a high tolerance for percocet orally and decided to snort them , would you have to snort as much as you take orally to get high? My friend can take about 120mg or more orally n will only feel the high the first dose of her day she tried snorting them but only snorted 60 mgs and said she didn’t feel anything . She keeps trying cuz it’s her first time snorting so she thinks she doing some wrong.

hussain
8:44 am February 23rd, 2015

I’m snorting 2mg of xannax and I usually take10mg of oxycodon orally but I do it once in a while but I want to try the the 2mg of xannax and 10mg of oxycodone can u give me advice and how to do it safely?

Jeremy
10:16 pm April 27th, 2015

My son is prescribed Percocet but I want to make sure he is only taking as prescribed (2-3 a day orally). If I ask his doctor to do a urine test (or blood, saliva, hair test) is there anyway the drug test results can determine if he is snorting the drug versus taking orally as prescribed? Thank you for your article and caring.

1:59 pm April 28th, 2015

Hi Jeremy. Urine tests can test for the quantity in which a drug is taken by evaluating the metabolites. However, note that even these kinds of tests can be wrong more often than you think. Some people take their medication regularly and nothing shows on their urinalysis. Others have test results show they take more, when in fact, they never do. Why don’t you manage your son’s medications daily?

judy
7:03 am May 9th, 2015

Please help me my husband snorts perks n im scard its going to kill him he dos so many of them at a time n he is very moody n hateful n just dont care about nothing no more. Spends alot money on them what can i do please help. Thank u

2:48 pm May 14th, 2015

Hi Judy. You need to seek professional medical help from addiction doctors and therapists. You husband may need to get checked into a treatment facility, go to counseling and psychotherapy to be able to quit his harmful habit.

kobayashi
2:22 am June 17th, 2015

I take oxicodone acetaminophen 7.5-325 and I was considering snorting but I don’t know how much to snort, I regularly take 3 to get maximum pain relief and euphoria but I take them every two days to keep my tolerance low, how many should I snort, or if even a half will do. I want to take precautions and stuff and do this safely thank you.

Beck
12:22 am July 2nd, 2015

I’m pretty sure my boyfriend is severly addicted to perks I’m sure he is snorting them as I find rolled up papers in bathroom. But my question is can he be taking them daily and show no signs or symptoms? I know when he I guess takes alot because their is a complete change in his personality, but daily I don’t see that change? He swears up and done he’s not using but works 6 days a week but is always broke. And the most recent I gave him money to go pay the rent … and it never got paid. He won’t get help I’m at a loss what to do, but am considering walking away from our relationship of 4 years as much as I don’t want to.

Lin
6:07 pm July 28th, 2015

Will anybody find out that I’m digoxin? Can my employer or government officials find out that I was addict?
Thank you

Lin

Ryan
7:29 am August 9th, 2015

What would the effects be if I snorted one tablet of percocet?

Krissy
3:53 am August 18th, 2015

Normally I take one 10mg percocet a day but when I snort it I still have the pill 2-3 days later am I still subject to the negative side affects even though I don’t use near as much as I used to?

Brianna
9:38 pm August 30th, 2015

my mother snorts them.. i want her to stop but she won’t. my aunt was on them too, but she seeked treatment & now she’s a recovering addict.

Tracy
11:16 pm October 6th, 2015

I have been prescribed peracet for over 5 years and never had a problem. About 3 months ago I started snorting them. It is the craziest thing bc now that I am trying to stop and just go back and take them my body feels like I am having withdraws. Is that possible?

John
3:58 am October 29th, 2015

My friend is back in jail due to alcohol and snorting percocets. Will he crave them and or lose his cravings if he has a long stay . He says he has high anxiety and those chemicals calm him. I’m at a loss as how I can help.

T

Amanda
4:33 pm November 9th, 2015

I have been very concerned about my boyfriend’s abuse of Percocet. I was suspicious of him snorting it and of course he denied it. I recently found out my suspicion was right. I don’t think he can stop. He had chronic pain from degenerative disc disorder and has been on percocet for ten years. I know he has been over using them & running out before his next refill and seems to be just fine without. Not sure how to approach him or what options he has to clean up. Please help! He’s paying out

4:06 pm November 10th, 2015

Hello Amanda. Have you talked openly with your boyfriend about his abuse of Percocet? You may try to mention to him going to group therapy.

Allen
12:46 am November 30th, 2015

The condition I have makes me vomit violently and often. I have oxycodone not contin how would you suggest I take it? Rectally?

Julie
5:26 pm December 1st, 2015

About how long does it take in rehab to get better

2:00 pm December 2nd, 2015

Hi Julie. It depends on the individual needs and factors such as how long Percocet was used, how much, was it abused, was it taken along with other substances, does the person have any mental health issues, etc. Treatment can last for a short detox period of time – which is about 2-3 weeks tops, maybe a month, or up to 60-90 days if needed.

dennis
1:23 am December 12th, 2015

I went on my monthley visit to pain mainmanagemenr ive been see him and cause of insurance issues i eas unable to had to make appointment, change insurance rverything i was on opan ir and mscontin went to the hospital told them what was going on that i have a new appointment on the 17th hr gave mr percoset 5s i had to snort 4 of them just to get rid of the pain, so hopfully i get on my regular meds, the drugs store gave me two to pic between wallmart and cvs, they have never had my meds in stock, if thats all i get ill snort them away cause thats the only they work!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Road Virus
11:53 pm December 27th, 2015

If you have a better way to mimic a hero in high I’d like to hear it.

joan
11:47 pm December 28th, 2015

I have a friend that I care for. He has been talking perks orally from my acknowledge. But I have recently hanged out with him after a month & have noticed a change in him. One late night while we was driving he was speeding which he usually does, but he was very hyper talking alot. When we got home he kept touching his noise being overly social. Plus he was drinking. Once we got into bed the next morning he woke up which woke me up and he was talking to himself. I dont know what this means. Did he sniff it or just took the perks?

Kate
2:25 pm January 2nd, 2016

Can insulfating percocet cause a pulmonary edema?

Nardo
3:18 pm January 3rd, 2016

I cant fuction if dont have a Percocet my body be so weak bones hurt if I dont have any I get the runs I get mad I start sweating I cant focuz wirh our having a Percocet I spend a lot on these Percocet s I can get some help please its ur on herion

Joshua
9:05 pm January 15th, 2016

I am addicted to snorting percoset it is more so the feeling in the back of my throte and the fast pain relief but it only last an hour or two I was wondering if there is any free help I can get I am handycaped from a car wreck and don’t have any money but I would like some help if its out there

Cam
5:35 am January 20th, 2016

Hello, I started taking norco, 10/325 about a year ago due to back injury. My ex was a long time heroin addict, and when he was clean, he got hurt very bad so they prescribed him norco and he’d crush and snort them, I never understood until I had to start taking them. I started to do the same, It kicks in much faster, and now I enjoy the feeling (the high) as well, I never nod out or get tired, I get very hyper, happy, and productive. I’ve been a recovering addict only a year now, I’ve had substance abuse issues for over 20 yes, and I’m only 42. I’m terrified yet I feel I can’t go back… I don’t really know my question, I guess is long term use of crushing norco worse for your heart, and all organs rather than swallowing it? I know I should get help again, I know the shoulds, Ive never liked or taken opiates until now, they used to make me sick. How hard is it to kick? I was taking 6mg of Xanax a day, that was tough, are opiates worse? Harder to do? I guess I’m a bit lost.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:08 am February 2nd, 2016

Hi, Kate. It may be possible since a pulmonary edema occurs when the alveoli fill up with excess fluid seeped out of the blood vessels in the lung instead of air.

Jane
2:38 pm February 11th, 2016

Will snorting a pain med,will it cause your lungs to hurt

lillian
8:20 pm February 18th, 2016

Mu husband is addicted to snoring porcept and was diagnosed with hep c 2 years ago,is this going to kill him?

DMoney
9:44 am February 19th, 2016

Don’t snort Oxys. I got into it and fuck me dead it’s a hard habit to break! I use 2-3x more now and this website is right you get tolerant faster and run out of your meds quicker. If I’m in full blown withdraw I’ll snort a big lines chopped with half a Tylenol for like 2-3 days till I’m out of pain and then stop. It’s ridiculous the amount you use when u snort them. I was content with 15’s and 20’s and now 30’s and 40’s is like nothing. I’ve been on pills 1/3 of my life and it’s sad cuz I do need them for my back but fuck I wish I never started snorting them because it is a hard addiction to kick. At times I think I’m addicted just to snorting. Soon I’m to the point I’m gonna put a line of crushed black pepper with my pills if I ever get it in my head to snort again to teach myself a lesson!

Adrienne
7:47 am February 21st, 2016

I have a friend who has a 25 year old daughter and she is addicted to percs. It started from doctors giving scripts for her boils and now she is buying them in the street. I noticed the other day a butter knife in the bathroom with residue. Her mother saw white residue on her nose the other day. She does not admit to taking or snorting the pills. She has 3 young kids. She needs help but she won’t get treatment. What can we do? She always threatens her mother that she won’t be able to see her grandkids. She was evicted and has no where to go but the shelter. My friend won’t let her grandkids go to the shelter but told her daughter that she needs to go when she gets her taxes. We need help please.

Shelly
12:31 am March 11th, 2016

Is soboxen good to be on when you are addicted to percocets

Kim
12:01 pm March 19th, 2016

my husband has been snorting percocets and in the last month he has been having episodes where he is out of his head for about ten hours. sometimes he is combative others times he is a child. could this be caused from snorting the petcocets

Hallie
1:32 am April 4th, 2016

Do the risks of snorting Percocet only exist when it is overdosed? I was recently prescribed Percocet for pain and was led to believe that chemically, snorting it was no different than swallowing it albeit being faster and now I am afraid. Thank you for this article, it has helped me understand so much. I am very worried for my health.
Sincerely,
Hallie

Cathy
1:10 am August 6th, 2016

I have been snorting Oxycocet up to three a day for a week and took five before doctors appointment will I pass a urine test

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