ICD-10-CM Code F18.2

Inhalant dependence

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

F18.2 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of inhalant dependence. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Short Description:Inhalant dependence
Long Description:Inhalant dependence

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • F18.20 - ... uncomplicated
  • F18.21 - ... in remission
  • F18.22 - Inhalant dependence with intoxication
  • F18.220 - Inhalant dependence with intoxication, uncomplicated
  • F18.221 - Inhalant dependence with intoxication delirium
  • F18.229 - Inhalant dependence with intoxication, unspecified
  • F18.24 - Inhalant dependence with inhalant-induced mood disorder
  • F18.25 - Inhalant dependence with inhalant-induced psychotic disorder
  • F18.250 - Inhalant dependence with inhalant-induced psychotic disorder with delusions
  • F18.251 - Inhalant dependence with inhalant-induced psychotic disorder with hallucinations
  • F18.259 - Inhalant dependence with inhalant-induced psychotic disorder, unspecified
  • F18.27 - Inhalant dependence with inhalant-induced dementia
  • F18.28 - Inhalant dependence with other inhalant-induced disorders
  • F18.280 - Inhalant dependence with inhalant-induced anxiety disorder
  • F18.288 - Inhalant dependence with other inhalant-induced disorder
  • F18.29 - Inhalant dependence with unspecified inhalant-induced disorder

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code F18.2:

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.
  • inhalant abuse F18.1
  • inhalant use, unspecified F18.9

Code Classification

  • Mental and behavioural disorders (F00–F99)
    • Mental and behavioral disorders due to psychoactive substance use (F10-F19)
      • Inhalant related disorders (F18)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

Information for Patients


Also called: Huffing

If you're a parent, you may fear that your kids will use drugs such as marijuana or LSD. But you may not realize the dangers of substances in your own home. Household products such as glues, hair sprays, paints and lighter fluid can be drugs for kids in search of a quick high. Many young people inhale vapors from these, not knowing that it can cause serious health problems.

Both parents and kids need to know the dangers. Even inhaling once can disrupt heart rhythms and lower oxygen levels. Either of these can cause death. Regular abuse can result in serious harm to the brain, heart, kidneys, and liver.

NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse

  • Inhalants - NIH (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
  • Substance use -- inhalants (Medical Encyclopedia)

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