Heroin Side Effects

Heroin side effects can have a devastating impact on a person’s life. Whether it’s an overdose or an addiction, heroin abuse can lead to health problems, job termination, family turmoil, financial crisis, dependency, mental disorders, or even fatality. As such, the toll that heroin can have on a person’s life is often irreversible. 

For this reason, it is important to identify possible heroin side effects as they occur so that you or a loved one can seek treatment at a detox center. The sooner you identify potential problems, the better chance you have to help someone before it is too late.

Symptoms of Heroin Abuse

One of the most obvious symptoms that someone is addicted to heroin is a heroin overdose. Otherwise, the side effects may not be as pronounced at first. Symptoms may include both physical or emotional problems that a person develops over time. You may also notice problems in other areas of a person’s life.

People who abuse heroin often exhibit behavior that is out of character. They may change who they spend time with, where they go, or what they are interested in. They may also start to show drastic changes in sleeping or eating patterns.

Some of the most common side effects of heroin abuse include:

  • Developing an obsession with heroin
  • Agitated, anxious, or depressed all of the time
  • A decline in physical health and appearance
  • Neglecting personal or professional responsibilities
  • Stealing or lying to continue using the drug
  • Difficulty making it through the day without heroin

If a person overdoses on heroin, you may also notice side effects that require a medical emergency. Examples include nausea, increased heartbeat, chills, seizures, pain in the stomach or severe shaking. If you notice heroin side effects that could endanger someone’s life, then you need to seek medical attention right away. Doing so could save a person’s life. 

Side Effects of Withdrawal

Once a person enters an addiction recovery program, they may start to exhibit withdrawal symptoms as the body starts to cleanse itself of the toxins. There is a wide range of withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, it may be difficult to pinpoint exactly what symptoms someone may exhibit. Withdrawal symptoms may include: 

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Intense cravings
  • Heart issues
  • Seizure

Part of what causes withdrawal symptoms is the type of heroin you take, what other drugs or alcohol you may be addicted to, and how long you have been addicted. Regardless of the withdrawals, you should undergo withdrawal in a safe environment where treatment specialists can monitor the withdrawal period and offer the right treatment.  

Contact Casa Palmera for Heroin Addiction Treatment      

If you or a loved one are suffering from heroin side effects or dependency, then reach out to Casa Palmera. We are here to provide support and professional treatment for your addiction. We offer a wide range of treatment including medically-supervised detox. Contact us if you need help today.


This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for medical advice. We understand that everyone’s situation is unique, and this content is to provide an overall understanding of substance use disorders. These disorders are very complex, and this post does not take into account the unique circumstances for every individual. For specific questions about your health needs or that of a loved one, seek the help of a healthcare professional.