Staying Safe
Usage Tips

Dealing with comedowns 


If you’re going to have a big night or weekend using drugs and alcohol, you’re also going to experience the comedown afterwards. 

Comedowns don’t last forever – they’re often unpleasant, but rarely dangerous. 

You should feel better in 2-3 days depending on what you’ve taken and how much.

How you manage your comedown can have a big impact on how you feel and perform at work Monday morning. 

Common comedown effects

  • muscle twitching
  • shaking
  • restless legs
  • nausea
  • headaches
  • mouth ulcers
  • feeling anxious, depressed or irritable
  • feeling tired/exhausted
  • difficulty concentrating
  • difficulty sleeping
  • no appetite

Take care of yourself while using

  • Start slow – using in moderation 
  • Eat nutritious food before, during and after you use
  • Stay hydrated – really important, especially if you’re using stimulants
  • Get a good night’s sleep or rest up before you use
  • Take regular breaks to avoid overheating
  • Avoid mixing drugs, including alcohol
  • Tell your mates what you’re taking in case you have a bad reaction
Staying Safe
Staying Safe

Dealing with comedowns

Your comedown experience will depend on the drug type, strength and amount you’ve taken, and your general health.

Avoid using again straight away
Eat some healthy food
Stay hydrated
Rest up
Get some fresh air
Be kind to yourself

When to seek medical help

• If you are concerned about physical health symptoms, contact nurse on call: 1300 60 60 24.

• If you’re having negative thoughts (like hurting yourself or others), contact lifeline on 13 11 14 or SuicideLine Victoria on 1300 651 251.

• If you are experiencing a medical emergency call Triple Zero (000) immediately - ambulance officers don’t need to involve the police.

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