These questions were answered by more than 50 individual scientists and science writers with expertise in addiction. To get as many answered as possible, responses were written quickly based on the personal background and knowledge of each expert. Please note that there was not a secondary review or proofreading of each fact, and if readers have questions or comments about any response, they can ask further questions.

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Can you overdose on Advil

-IronNuggetz550, Illinois

Hi, IronNuggetz550! You can overdose on any drug. Overdosing on Advil can cuase severe stomach pain. Sometimes, the indivdual will have an allergic reaction to large quantites of Advil. The person should be treated in the emergency room if they have taken too much advil.

-Tisha Wiley

Can you overdose on Advil?

-BS, Montana

Hi B,
Taking too much Advil can make you sick and could cause acute organ failure, which could result in death. If you are seeking pain from serious pain, I would go to a doctor...

-Shwe Gyaw

can you overdose on advil?

-IronNuggetz550, Illinois

Hi IronNuggetz
Yes you can overdose on advil. The maximum amount of ADVIL (ibuprofen) for adults is 800 milligrams per dose or 3200 mg per day. An advil overdose can damage your stomach or intestines. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, drowsiness, black or bloody stools, coughing up blood, shallow breathing, fainting, or coma.
be careful

-Steve Gust

can you overdose on alcohol

-JW, Illinois

Excellent question. Yes, definitely. Alcohol overdose (or alcohol poisoning) occurs from a single episode of drinking way too much. You can potentially die from alcohol poisoning. Alcohol builds up in your bloodstream and can slow down important body processes like breathing and the gag reflex, which prevents you from choking. Even if you have stopped drinking or pass out, alcohol in the stomach and intestine can continue to enter your blood stream and circulate throughout your body.Critical signs of alcohol overdose include:

  • Mental confusion
  • Stupor
  • Coma
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Hypothermia, or low temperature
  • Bluish skin color
  • Paleness

If you think someone you know may be experiencing alcohol overdose, make sure to get help immediately. You can call 911.
You can learn more about alcohol poisoning and overdoses at: https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/AlcoholOverdoseFactsheet/Overdos...

-Aaron White

can you overdose on caffeine?

-BB, Montana

Hello B,
Yes, it is possible to overdose on any drug. As energy drinks and other more concentrated forms of caffeine and other drugs become available it is more likely this will happen. Recently a boy died in school after using several energy products within a short time.

-Shwe Gyaw

Can you overdose on gummy vitamins?

-MasterCageMan, Illinois

master cage man
Nope

-Bethany Deeds

Can you overdose on Gummy vitamins?

-MasterCageMan, Illinois

Hi masterCage man
Nope. sorry

-Shwe Gyaw

can you overdose on iron supplements?

-guinea pig!, Oregon

Hi Guinea pig
Absolutely, excess ingested iron can have an extremely corrosive effect on the gastrointestinal (GI) mucosa, which can manifest as nausea, vomiting (even blood vomiting), abdominal pain, and diarrhea; patients may become hypovolemic (decrease in plasma volume) because of significant fluid and blood loss.
hope this helps

-Bethany Deeds

can you overdose on lsd

-scoobertdoobert, Illinois

Hey scoobertdoobert! Thanks for your question! In my opinion, overdose means taking too much drug that requires medical attention and going to the emergency room at the hospital. LSD or D-lysergic acid ethylamide is a hallucinogen. LSD causes hallucinations or sensations and images that appear to be real although they are not real. LSD can cause sleep problems, panic and paranoia, speech problems, anxiety, and depression and suicidal thoughts. If a person keeps having these problems, then I would say that the person has overdosed on LSD.

-Roger Sorensen

Can you Overdose on Marijuana

-Foxtrot15, Illinois

You may have heard that nobody has ever died from an overdose of marijuana. However, a person can certainly overdose on a drug without dying, and marijuana is no exception. If a person uses a large amount of marijuana, perhaps by smoking too much of a high-potency marijuana or eating a lot of food products containing marijuana, they can experience very negative consequences, such as paranoia, severe anxiety, and even psychotic symptoms, which is when a person loses touch with reality. You can learn more about overdoses here: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/say-what-overdose

-Bethany Deeds

Can you overdose on marijuana?

-madchrist7, California

You may have heard that nobody has ever died from an overdose of marijuana. However, a person can certainly overdose on a drug without dying, and marijuana is no exception. If a person uses a large amount of marijuana, perhaps by smoking too much of a high-potency marijuana or eating a lot of food products containing marijuana, they can experience very negative consequences, such as paranoia, severe anxiety, and even psychotic symptoms, which is when a person loses touch with reality. You can learn more about overdoses here: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/say-what-overdose

-Dave Thomas

Can you overdose on marijuana?

-joey is dumb, Illinois

Hello Joey,

You can overdose on any drug. In the sixth century, a scientist named Paracelsus stated that "the dose makes the poison." In other words, any substance can be poisonous in a large enough dose. Now that marijuana is being sold in so many forms (as extracts, edibles, etc.), it's easier than ever to overdose. And the increased availability of marijuana products has led to an increase in accidental poisoning of young children. Here's more information: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/marijuana-facts-teens/letter-to-t...

Thanks,
Roger

-Roger Little

Can you overdose on marijuana?

-CoyoteStrong, Arizona

Hi CoyoteStrong (great username). Marijuana intoxication can, in rare cases, produce a temporary psychosis. There are no reports of people fatally overdosing (dying) on marijuana alone. However, people can feel some very uncomfortable side effects, especially when using marijuana with high THC levels. There are reports of marijuana users seeking treatment in emergency rooms, reporting unease and shaking, anxiety, paranoia, or hallucinations, and in rare cases, extreme psychotic reactions. Learn more about drug overdoses among youth. However, marijuana use can increase risks for accidents and injuries (impacts of drugged driving are discussed here: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/marijuana

-Jacqueline Lloyd

can you overdose on pain meds

-michaela poliqu, New Hampshire

Hi Mich,
Yes, especially prescription opioids, especially if one takes too much or in combination with things like alcohol or benzodiazepines. They are medicine but are also dangerous...

-Dave Thomas

Can you overdose on vaping?

-Roz, Illinois

Good question, Roz. It would be very difficult to overdose just from vaping normally, but too much nicotine will definitely make you very sick. However, nicotine is very toxic and can be absorbed through the skin. Recently, an increasing number of childen have been poisoned by nicotine that someone around them was using in a vaping device because this form of nicotine is very concentrated. In 2014, there were about 14,000 cases of nicotine or tobacco exposures reported to poison centers in the US. To learn more about tobacco, nicotine and e-cigs, see https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/tobacco-nicotine-e-cigarettes

-Heather Kimmel

Can you overdose on Xanax?

-Wiley Wildcat, Illinois

It is difficult to overdose on Xanax or other drugs like it (such as Valium) alone. But, when combined with alcohol or opiates like heroin or fentanyl, they can cause overdoses.

-Joshua Gordon

Can you snort E-liquid

-Gremlin Man , Illinois

It would be a pretty terrible idea, and wouldn't get the nicotine to your brain any faster.

-Mary Rooney

Can you survive an addiction to heroin?

-Garfield , Illinois

Yes. Although recovering from addiction requires treatment as well as support from family and friends.

There are medications to help with some addictions including nicotine/tobacco, alcohol, and opioids (e.g. heroin or pain pills). And there are also behavioral therapies to help people recover. But addiction is often a lasting condition, like heart disease or diabetes; there are treatments that help someone live a healthy, productive life but there is no cure. People in recovery from an addiction still have be very careful. NIDA scientists are working hard to develop better treatments to treat addictions to all types of drugs. You can learn more about effective treatment programs here: https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment

-Carlos Blanco

Can you take drugs and still live a healthy life?

-The Real Lebron, Illinois

Using drugs isn't a healthy choice. When you use drugs, you risk becoming addicted. Once you become addicted, your priorities shifts to ensuring that you can get your drug. Once you start making those kinds of choices, you become increasingly unable to make other choices that keep you healthy--like eating well, exercising, and staying connected to the people in your life you value. If you want to live a healthy life, The Real Lebron, it is best to avoid using drugs.

-Tisha Wiley

can you get high off sniffing products with chemical

-NOR5K1, Illinois

Hello and thanks for participating in Chat Day! Products such as glues, nail polish remover, lighter fluid, spray paints, deodorant and hair sprays, whipped cream canisters, and cleaning fluids are widely available yet far from being unharmful. Many young people inhale the vapors from these sources in search of quick high without being aware that using inhalants, even once, can have serious health consequences. See more information at the link below. We hope this is helpful!

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/inhalants/letter...

-Emily Einstein

can you get high off things that aren't drugs or anything of the sort? Such as sharpies or other things with those fumes

-thekingofcats, California

Using inhalants, such as spray paint, markers, sharpies, or cleaning supplies, can result in nerve cells not being able to do their job, which can cause loss of coordination and lead to permanent difficulty with basic actions such as walking, bending, and talking. So, things that you might not think of as drugs are still chemicals and have chemical effects on the brain and body.

-Carlos Blanco

can you get high off Tylenol or other sleeping meds?

-bigdre26, California

Hi Bigdre26,

By Tylenol, if you're referring to acetaminophen, it is unlikely to cause a high. Sleeping meds don't cause a high but will do the opposite. Sleeping meds will likely cause you to be drowsy or calm you which is why it's often prescribed for those suffering from anxiety or sleep disorders.

-Jinhee Lee

Can you get high on all drugs, or only certain ones?

-Molly, Illinois

There are many kinds of drugs; some are illegal and sold by drug dealers, some are medicines, and some are both. Yes, you can get high on some drugs, but not all. When you can get high on a drug, that means it has "psychoactive" properties. Of course, those are the drugs that people misuse because they like the feeling they get. However, you can also get addicted to psychoactive drugs, so it is a risky choice. After awhile, you no longer feel good from the drug; you take them simply to avoid the pain of withdrawal. You can learn more here: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/tolerance-dependence-addiction-wha...

-Meyer Glantz

Can you get impotence because of drug abuse?

-Percy Jackson,

Hello Percy -- The answer is yes. Drugs affect different people in different ways, and this can definintely be one side effect.

-Meyer Glantz

can you give me some tips to quit smoking???

-its me,

Congrats on deciding to quit! Talk to your friends and have them help you through moments of cravings and withdrawals. Quitting isn't easy, but it can be done and it's worth it. For more tips and resources to stay tobacco free go here: https://teen.smokefree.gov/

-Suzanne Lim

Can you have a heart attack because of drugs if so why does this cause a heart attack?

-4176, Illinois

Good question, 4176! Yes, drugs can cause heart attacks. Cocaine, meth, spice, and steroids all have been linked to heart attacks. Stimulant drugs, like cocaine and meth, cause a massive release of norepinephrine that can cause the heart to be overstimulated and cause sudden death.

-Kurt Rasmussen

Can you inject alcohol

-Chungus, Illinois

Technically, it is physically possible to inject alcohol, but the effects would be disastrous! It wouldn't take much to kill a person that way. Highly highly dangerous!!

-Aaron White

can you list ALL illegal drugs just to be safe??

-dash, Illinois

Hey dash! Great question! You can find information on most drugs at the NIDA website: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts. Great that you want to stay away from drugs! Also make sure to not take anything that a friend offers you if you don't know what it is.

-Roger Little

Can you OD (overdose) on marijuana?

-nursedawn, Maryland

Thanks for the question, nursedawn! Any substance can be poisonous in a large enough dose. The increased availability of marijuana products has led to an increase in accidental poisoning of young children. Now that marijuana is being sold in so many forms, it's easier than ever to overdose. Here's more information: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/marijuana-facts-teens/letter-to-t...

-Emily Jones

Can you OD on acid?

-Deeltus, Oregon

Hi Deeltus - Acid (LSD) is a very powerful drug. As for overdosing, it depends on what you mean by that. It is very difficult to kill yourself with LSD in terms of overdosing, but you can certainly have extremely serious effects on your cognition, mood, and perception, which can be very disturbing and unpleasant. Check out this link for more information: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/hallucinogens

-Vani Pariyadath