If you’re thinking about getting high on Ativan (lorazepam) by snorting it, you should know what happens in your brain and body before you do.
We do not endorse snorting any prescription medication, but we do hope that when you are informed about the real effects of snorting, you can reduce potential harm. Here we present a brief review about what happens in the body while snorting Ativan. We also review the dangers and safety concerns of snorting Ativan. Your questions about snorting or using Ativan are welcomed at the end of this article. We try to answer all legitimate questions with a personal reply ASAP.
Ativan: What are you really snorting?
Ativan is an anti anxiety medication used to treat mood disorders or panic attacks. The active ingredient in Ativan is a benzodiazepine medication called lorazepam. Inactive ingredients of Ativan might also include lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and polacrilin potassium. How long lorazepam stays in your system depends on how long you’ve been taking Ativan. But in general, longer acting benzodiazepines like Ativan can stay in the system for weeks several days to a week after use and be detected in blood and urine samples during this time.
Snorting Ativan to get high
What happens exactly when you snort Ativan? When snorted, large doses of lorazepam enter the bloodstream very quickly. This can expose you to much higher doses of benzodiazepine medication than you would absorb through the recommended oral route. Snorting immediately raises the risk of adverse side effects – and some of these, like difficulty breathing or irregular heartbeat, can be life-threatening.
Snorting Ativan vs oral
Doctors discourage snorting Ativan. Oral Ativan preparations are safer and have fewer complications. Although snorting Ativan will cause quicker, more intense effects, this quick fix has its risks, especially of toxic effects and/or overdose. And an Ativan overdose can cause a coma or death.
How does snorting Ativan affect the body?
Ativan acts on the brain, spine, and nerves of the body, or the central nervous system. It slows brain activity and relaxes the user. In normal use, it can have some mild side effects, which may be made more intense when snorted. Snorted Ativan can affect the body by causing:
- blurred vision
- changes in appetite
Snorting Ativan side effects
Normal Ativan side effects can be bothersome, but usually aren’t dangerous. Severe side effects are fairly rare when taken orally, and occur more often when the medication is not taken as prescribed. So, snorting Ativan can increase the likelihood of these effects, including:
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- extreme drowsiness
- fainting or coma
- irregular heartbeat
- muscle weakness
- tremors, inability to sit still
- severe skin rash
- yellowing of eyes or skin
Snorting Ativan dangers
Snorting Ativan can cause very serious side effects but might also harm you in ways that you do not expect. Snorting Ativan can first make you confused or drowsy, putting you at risk for car accidents – or industrial accidents, if you work with heavy machinery. When you snort Ativan you can also harm your nasal passages, and spread disease if you share snorting instrument. Plus, Ativan is habit-forming, and snorting it definitely increases your risk of becoming addicted. Finally, when you snort Ativan you risk causing extremely low blood pressure, decreased heart rate, and coma. These possible effects are very serious and should be considered if you’re thinking about snorting Ativan.
Snorting Ativan safely
Ativan comes in 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg tablets, which are usually taken in divided doses throughout the day. Recommended Ativan dosage can be anywhere from 1-10 mg/day – the higher ranges are only prescribed for people who have been taking Ativan in the long term and have developed a tolerance to the medication. If you’ve never taken Ativan before, 10 mgs can be dangerous. Again, 10 mg daily Ativan is the maximum per day dosage recommended by doctors – This much Ativan should never be taken all at once.
Snorting Ativan questions
Do you still have questions about snorting Ativan or taking Ativan using other methods? If so, please let us know and leave your questions or comments below. We respond to all Ativan questions with a personal and prompt reply. And if we don’t know the answer to your question, we will refer you to someone who can help.