Smoking hydrocodone

What does smoking hydrocodone do to you? In this article, we’ll explore how it affects your body and just how safe smoking hydrocodone really is.

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Are you thinking about smoking Hydrocodone?

Don’t just try smoking hydrocodone without learning about the risks. Taking hydrocodone in any way other than prescribed by a doctor can be dangerous – and often less effective than when you take hydrocodone orally. What do doctors prescribe hydrocodone for? Pain relief and occasionally to treat coughs.  We review more about smoking hydrocodone and welcome any questions about hydrocodone at the end.

Does smoking hydrocodone work or get you high?

Hydrocodone is prescribed to help manage moderate pain, but as an opioid medicine, hydrocodone can also cause a euphoric “high” in some people, especially when taken in large amounts. Though hydrocodone is intended to be taken orally, many people will crush up hydrocodone pills. However, smoking hydrocodone is not most effective delivery method for hydrocodone, and smoking hydrocodone is unlikely to get you high.

What does smoking hydrocodone do to you?

When you inhale hydrocodone by smoking it, small amounts of the drug enter the nasal tissues and begin to effect the brain almost immediately. However, you’re also inhaling various fillers and binders found in medications as well, which won’t be absorbed and can cause a number of health problems, including eye and lung irritation.  What happens when you overdose on hydrocodone?  Usually, slowed or shallow breathing occurs, a major indicator that the central nervous system has slowed too much.  Get emergency help in cases because oxygen may be in short supply to your brain, causing permanent damage or even death.

Smoking hydrocodone side effects

Smoking hydrocodone can result in a number of different side effects, including:

  • agitation
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • vomiting
  • weakness

Smoking hydrocodone on tin foil

By heating hydrocodone on foil, the heat works to vaporize the active ingredient so that it can be inhaled. However, high temperatures can easily destroy the active ingredients of hydrocodone so this method isn’t very effective. Taking extra hydrocodone to try to get better effects only increases exposure to the dangerous binders and fillers in the drug.

Smoking hydrocodone with weed

Because both hydrocodone and weed effect the central nervous system, combining the two drugs may be dangerous. Weed and hydrocodone both impact coordination and judgment, making it more likely you’ll end up in an accident.  Mixing alcohol and hydrocodone works similarly, and is also very risky.

Is smoking Hydrocodone bad for you?

Yes, the inactive ingredients often combined with hydrocodone make it terrible for you if you try to smoke pills containing hydrocodone. Further, smoked hydrocodone is not an effective method for pain relief or getting high, and the fillers and binders can cause a lot of physical damage even without the medication having any effects on you.

Can you smoke hydrocodone?

You can smoke hydrocodone, but it probably won’t have enough of an effect for a satisfying high, and it may not even have an analgesic effect. Because of the heightened risk of adverse side effects, it’s not advisable as a method for taking hydrocodone.

Smoking hydrocodone questions

Still have questions about smoking hydrocodone? Please leave your questions here. We do our best to respond to your questions with a personal and prompt reply ASAP.

Reference sources: DailyMed: Lortab
Medline Plus: Hydrocodone
ToxNet: Hydrocodone
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I need a professonal place I can stay at to get on the right medications and pain meds and get help I need . Then my doctor will have to follow that care plan and med list. Iam ready to give up because I cannot get the proper help I need and I dont know any other sites to go to if iam in the wrong site ! Please help me

    1. Hi Zess. Call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best rehab program for you.

  2. For Diana Malcom..
    I think you should tell his doctors about his addiction and the hospitals he goes to .. also talk to his doctor about having him treated for all of it including a look at his lungs and heart. Because any pain pill has other chemicals in it that are deadly to take any other way then they are prescribed. Also there are other things they can give for pain that he cannot smoke ,snort ,or shoot, I posted for help on a few things iam not an addict I just need to know how to get the most benefit out of my last hydros. Your son has an addiction and needs help professionally you are his mother and must take steps to help him and talking to his dr. About all of it is a great step. Don’t just sit there but become his light at the end of the tunnel .. bring back your baby.

  3. Hello, I have been through a neck surgery for 3 ruptured discs at one time, and now I am in more pain than ever after they put a plate and 6 screws in my neck. Had surgery April 1st of 2016. Been on Hydrocodone 10/325 Norcos ever since, and it’s to the point to where they are not helping with the pain. I’m scared to say anything to my doc. because I don’t want him to think I am just trying to get more pills from them. What should I say to him to get him to realize that this stuff isn’t working anymore?????? Because I am tired of hurting. I was diagnosed with INTRACTABLE PAIN. thanks for all you do Lydia!

  4. Hydrocodone is an opiate “poppy”
    it can be ingested in a number of ways.
    They used to what was called “opium dens”
    I’m not advocating it,but it seems your only put out the message “don’t do it”
    I have been prescribed some of the highest doses over the last 10 + years for a broken neck and back.
    I have seen people addicted to it and have seen an Aunt and a few others die from it.
    Personally, I can’t see how anyone gets addicted to it.
    It doesn’t do much more than take the edge off the pain and most of the time I can’t remember to take it until the pain is so bad,I realize, I forgot it.
    If your looking for a high you can snort it.
    It comes in liquid form, you can drink it
    and you can shoot it.
    There are other things out there, that will give you a much safer,cheaper and better high.
    IT WILL KILL YOUR LIVER! and it doesn’t take long to do it.
    Liver failure…. Not pretty!
    Lost my Daughter to it. Unrelated to this subject, but same. category.
    Long story short,it’ll get you high in any form, if you take enough of it in any form.
    don” see why you would want to.

  5. I have been taking hydrocodone for 8+ years. ( and oxycodone for severe Lupus flare ups) . Recently, my Dr. gave me a uribe drug screen. It showed only ” traces” of alprazolam ( which I am also prescribe) but showed no trace of the hydrocodone or oxycodone) How can this be??? My Dr. said this particular test ” holds up in court”???? Seriously??? They actually think we ( Lupus patients) feel like it even worry with going to court over this. This has blown my mind. I have been totally and completely honest with my Dr. Who, by the way has been good to me. But, his staff however act like drill sargents and could lighten up just a bit on the ” intimidation factor “. Can you please email me your response? Thank you for your time.

  6. Doing anything but orally ingesting hydrocodone is really dumb. The bioavailability of hydrocodone is not improved by smoking it or snorting it whatsoever. There’s way too much tylenol (acetaminophen/paracetamol) to be worth snorting for 10mg maximum and smoking it would be harsh and take forever to smoke enough to even be worthy

  7. I have seen it mentioned on Nat Geo and I am curious as to why it’s been categorized as a use for the drug and addicts smoke it and the other mentioned uses, I have trouble filling my prescription because of the criminal users and the new legislation and reforms.

  8. Foil around with black looking trails on them! Black looking charcoal spots all over his stuff, on his bedding the walls by it pants! Loses weight quickly and basically everything that’s he says most likely a fabrication which brings the guilt then the depression! Oh and little cut pens or straws! Only he can decide to quite though!

  9. My son is addicted to lortabs bad, for several years. The problem got worse over the years. He started out really needing them… then started abusing…. Stealing, mood changes, ect. all along story on going for years…. Sure you know the story….But for awhile now, when he get’s them ( Whatever way he can.) He goes down stairs and we feel he’s not taking them but in someway smoking them. We know he has pain and emergency rooms keep giving them to him. He has a bad problem! and it’s getting worse. How can we tell if he’s smoking them, and what will come next? I have so many Family members that have passed due to drug abuse, starting with lortabs.—leading to herion, being cheaper. I don’t want to loose my son…Please help! I don’t know HOW to help!

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