Smoking Vicodin

What does smoking Vicodin do to you? An ineffective high, smoked Vicodin can result in irritation of the eyes, respiratory system, and lungs. Just how safe is smoking Vicodin? We review here.

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Have you been thinking about smoking Vicodin?

Basically, we would advise you that it isn’t worth the risk. Not only is smoked Vicodin often less effective than oral ingestion (how Vicodin works best is when taken orally), but it can also be dangerous. More here, plus a section for your questions about Vicodin at the end.

Does smoking Vicodin work or get you high?

Sure. You can possibly get high when smoking Vicodin. Vicodin is known for its ability to cause a euphoric “high”, which can result in Vicodin abuse or addiction even by those with a legitimate prescription. However, Vicodin is intended to be taken orally, and attempting to smoke Vicodin pills is straight drug abuse. In the end, though, smoking Vicodin is unlikely to get you high, as it’s not a particularly effective method of delivery for this medication compared with oral ingestion to snorting Vicodin to get high.

What does smoking Vicodin do to you?

Smoking Vicodin allows small amounts of the drug to enter the bloodstream through the nasal passages and lungs. This leads to a very fast effect on the brain. However, you’re also inhaling the fillers and binders found in Vicodin pills at the same time. These additional chemicals won’t be absorbed by the body; instead, they cause irritation of the eyes, respiratory system, and lungs, and can eventually lead to illness.

Smoking Vicodin side effects

Can you overdose on Vicodin when you smoke it?  Possibly, especially when you try to increase dosage to get effect.  In fact, smoking Vicodin can result in a number of different side effects, including:

  • dizziness or drowsiness
  • general weakness
  • nervousness and agitation
  • nausea, stomach upset, and vomiting

Smoking Vicodin on tin foil

Heating Vicodin on tin foil will work to vaporize the hydrocodone within the medication so it can be inhaled. The high temperatures can just as easily destroy the medication, however, and only very small amounts of hydrocodone are released when Vicodin is burned. And if you try to compensate by smoking more Vicodin: BEWARE.  Taking extra Vicodin to try to get a better high raises the risk of adverse effects, and increases your very dangerous exposure to the fillers and binders within the drug.

Smoking Vicodin with weed

It can be dangerous to combine Vicodin with weed due to the effect both drugs have, depressing the central nervous system. Vicodin, like weed, can impact your coordination and judgment, opening you up to the possibility of dangerous accidents. The A combination of smoking Vicodin with weed could also impact your ability to breathe normally.

Is smoking Vicodin bad for you?

Yes. Smoking Vicodin is bad for you. The inactive ingredients found in Vicodin make this method of taking Vicodin dangerous to your health, especially in the long-term. The medication may not even have any effects if you smoke Vicodin, so it’s probably not worth the risks to try.

Can you smoke Vicodin?

You can smoke Vicodin, but it’s unlikely to have much effect. Smoked Vicodin tends NOT to create a satisfying high and it won’t even have its normal pain-relieving effects. In the end, smoking Vicodin isn’t advisable as a method of delivery due to the poor rate of absorption combined with the high risk of adverse effects.

Smoking Vicodin questions

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

Reference Sources: DailyMed: Vicodin HP
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’ve snorted vicodin and percacet and it did work good for me sometime I chew them and they work great for me when I drink I swallow them cuz I drink a lot sometime

  2. Hi J,p. From what we’ve read, drugs METABOLIZE (meaning, they leave the system) by passing through the liver. However, drugs like hydrocodone can enter the bloodstream many ways: GI tract, nasal tissues, or lungs. Smoking Vicodin may have LESS EFFECT than oral administration, but it does have effect, because is passes from the nasal tissues and lungs to the bloodstream, and then crosses the blood-brain barrier to affect the central nervous system. That said, we DO NOT RECOMMEND smoking Vicodin…ever. It leads to chemical dependence, substance abuse, and addiction.

  3. Actually, hydrocodone (vicodin, lortab, etc) is a prodrug; meaning it has to have a first pass through your liver in order to become active (aka, relieve pain, get you high, etc) Smoking, snorting, or any other route of administration of hydrocodone is worthless and dangerous. If you just have to go down that road, research online, many sites are full of reliable information on how the drug works and ways to reduce the harm that may be associated with opiate use/abuse. If you must use drugs, at least learn about all the effects it may have and how it may affect you body and life as well as how to take them as safely as possible (which of course is staying away from them period). So PLEASE, NEVER smoke, snort or shoot up hydrocodone, it is ineffective and possible quite dangerous.

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