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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