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Snorting lorazepam

Snorting lorazepam

If you’re thinking about snorting Ativan to get high on lorazepam, you should be well informed about what happens in the brain and body, both short and long-term.

Although how long lorazepam stays in your system depends more on chronic use vs one time use, snorting lorazepam brings on near immediate onset of action.  Here, we review what happens in the body while snorting lorazepam, as well as the dangers and safety concerns of snorting lorazepam. We welcome all questions about lorazepam at the end of this article, and will try to answer all legitimate questions with a personal reply ASAP.

Lorazepam: What are you really snorting?

Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine medication, and is marketed under the brand name Ativan. Lorazepam, an antianxiety medication, is used to treat panic attacks, but also irritable bowel syndrome, epilepsy, insomnia, and other conditions. Lorazepam is the main active ingredient in Ativan, but inactive ingredients that accompany lorazepam might include lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and polacrilin potassium.

Snorting lorazepam to get high

Lorazepam enters the bloodstream rapidly when snorted, exposing you to much higher doses than you would absorb through the recommended oral route. This raises the risk of adverse side effects – including some that can be life-threatening, like difficulty breathing or irregular heartbeat. How long lorazepam lasts depends on the pharmaceutical preparation of lorazepam and physical condition, but lorazepam effects generally last for 6-8 hours for single doses.

Snorting lorazepam vs oral

Taking lorazepam orally is safer and has fewer complications, since that’s the intended route for the medication. Snorting will cause quicker, more intense effects, but this quick fix has its risks. Overdose on lorazepam can cause a coma or death.

How does snorting lorazepam affect the body?

Lorazepam acts on your central nervous system by slowing brain activity, which relaxes you physically. This action, however, can also have a downside. Minor side effects of using lorazepam include blurred vision, nausea, or appetite changes. However, the risk of adverse side effects increases when you snort lorazepam, as you shock the brain and the body with a high dose of lorazepam at once. Snorting lorazepam can affect your body by causing:

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  • blurred vision
  • changes in appetite
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • excitement
  • nausea
  • restlessness

Snorting lorazepam side effects

When taken as prescribed, the side effects of lorazepam usually aren’t serious. Severe side effects from taking lorazepam are fairly rare, and occur more often when the medication is snorted or taken in large doses. These effects include:

  • confusion
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • extreme drowsiness
  • fainting or coma
  • fever
  • irregular heartbeat
  • muscle weakness
  • tremors, inability to sit still
  • severe skin rash
  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Snorting lorazepam dangers

It’s dangerous to snort lorazepam. The risks of extremely low blood pressure, decreased heart rate, and coma are very serious and should be considered if you’re thinking about snorting lorazepam. But nasal inhalation of lorazepam can also make you confused or drowsy, which puts you at risk of injury and accident. Snorting benzodiazepines like lorazepam can also cause damage to your nasal passages, or spread disease if you share snorting instruments. Plus, lorazepam is habit-forming, and snorting it increases your risk of becoming addicted.

Snorting lorazepam safely

To be clear, snorting lorazepam is never safe. But you should know something about the maximum recommended doses of lorazepam in order to prevent or reduce harm to yourself if you decide to snort lorazepam. Lorazepam is usually taken in divided doses throughout the day – either 0.5, 1, or 2 mg of lorazepam at a time. The prescribed dosage can range from 1-10 mg/day – but higher doses are usually given only to people who’ve developed a tolerance from long-term use of the medication . 10 mg can be dangerous if you’ve never taken the drug before. Again, that is the per day dosage – that much lorazepam should never be taken all at once.

Snorting lorazepam questions

Do you still have questions about snorting lorazepam? If so, please let us know. We respond to all lorazepam questions with a personal and prompt reply.

Reference Sources: Daily Med: Ativan (lorazepam) tablet
PubMed Health: lorazepam
DEA: Drugs and Chemicals of Concern: Benzodiazepines

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21 Responses to “Snorting lorazepam
2:24 am December 23rd, 2012

last night i did something very dumb and unusual for me… I drank alot of alcohol and took approx 20-24 .5 mg pills of lorazepam….seemed to have survived enourh to feel the guilt and shame of doing such…other than feeling nausious I think im ok..should i be more concerned?? i dont have health insurance so prefer to not go to er…

9:44 am December 24th, 2012

Hi Glenn. Thanks for being open and sharing about this difficult experience. I’d suggest that you call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 to report the incident and the symptoms you’re experiencing. The medical experts can then refer you to what needs to happen next. Best of luck!

4:11 am August 30th, 2014

I take two (2) lorazapam daily PO, well that’s what the prescription says. I find myself going through 60 with in a week then none and then I get 60 again. I don’t dr shop or get them other places and I only take them orally. What damage I doing by taking a lot and them stopping for 3 weekend them taking a lot?

7:15 am September 2nd, 2014

Hello Angel. If you are not taking medications as prescribed, then it’s abuse. You are putting yourself at the risk of developing high tolerance, even dependence and then facing uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms once the meds are out. It’s a stress your organism doesn’t need, plus you are better off treating your condition throughout, then binging.

3:34 am September 14th, 2014

What about rectal use of lorazepam?
Is this effective at all?

10:36 pm October 14th, 2014

I use adivan 4-6 mg and Benadryl 4-6 pills each night. Only at night or I can’t sleep. I have been living this way for two years. In the two years I have gained 100lbs. The weight is upsetting but I need to sleep. HELP !!!!!

2:57 pm October 17th, 2014

Hello Christine. What does your doctor say? Have you tried alternative sleeping aids like relaxative teas, hot baths, meditation, calming music?

9:10 am November 6th, 2014

So if I’m wanting to take lorazepam for recreational use should I do it maybe snort 3-5 mg in one setting? I’ve never expiremented with anxiety medication but I’m well expirienced with things like morphine, OxyContin, and oxycodone all sorts of pain killers. Just this past day I snorted 12 mg of hydromorphone and 20 mg of OxyContin to even get me high. I usually mix morphine and OxyContin. I never pop anything though I always snort because my tolerance Is sky rocket. So question is is it a good idea to snort 3-5 mg of lorazepam also can you get high off of it?

5:08 am November 14th, 2014

Chase- know this response is a little late but from what you said it sounds like you have a serious problem. Not to be judgmental, but if you keep upping your doses and combining meds and snorting, you’re probably getting closer and closer to OD-ing. I would highly suggest you talk to your doctor and let them know what’s up (there are patient confidentiality laws, so they can’t legally spill the beans on you) and if you don’t have a doctor it’s not super hard to find one these days. (Plus, I’m assuming you already have one to get your prescriptions? Otherwise how do you know for sure what you’re getting?) Take care, man, seriously.

B. W.
10:22 pm November 14th, 2014

I take lorazepam for both IBS and a social anxiety disorder.In the past I have had no problem with taking it orally (if I needed a quicker uptake (for anxiety), I’d chew the pill before swallowing….pretty rare).
Unfortunately I have developed gastroparesis (delayed stomach emptying) and now deal with significant nausea and vomiting. I can’t afford the sublingual lorazepam which would bypass my stomach. And I am not sure I qualify for injections. I was brought to this site when googling if it was even possible to nasally insufflate lorazepam.
Thanks for outlining the risks in a non-judgmental way.
Even knowing that I can do it, if i need to, helps me feel better.

9:23 pm December 13th, 2014

My background: early 30s, very professional, in the “legal” field, make great $$ in big city with big condo yada yada yada. In college I binge drank all the time, occasional coke & obv marijuana. Since grad years ended I cut everything: drink once/wk (not even wine @ dinner), never coke but still occasional weed.

Few months ago I came into hundreds on 2mg lorezapams. I figured I’d take some at night. This went on for 2.5 weeks, every night and sometimes more. I then read up on benzos and noticed they were addictive – hence me craving as soon as I came through the door by day 14.

I quickly called a physician friend who said he rarely prescribed 0.5, let alone 2 and I have 2 choices: cold turkey or a ween off. Given I already do 2+ weeks of oversees I went cold turkey instead of drawing it out.

It was the only time I withdrawal my whole life. I even smoked for 6 or 7 years and it didn’t touch this. The best I could equate it to was a vicious alcohol hangover prolonged for 3 days. Then 3-4 days of lousy sleep. Then headaches for a few days. Those initial 3 days were the worst I have ever experienced mentaly. I could just imagine what a long term user or opiate user experiences.

Just wanted to write this for the minor recreational users out there that are not experienced with benzos. Dumped mine out.

11:17 pm December 13th, 2014

I was wondering if I’m having a anxiety attack and I can’t wait for it to digest, is it safe to snort 1/2 of a. 5 possibly the whole pill to get immediate relief ? Not on a regular basis just as needed for attacks.

10:54 am December 25th, 2014

I have been taking ativan for 22 yrs. IT started one day i was walking in a field , looking for my lost cat .
It was a gorgeous fall day with all the falling leaves
And i was not addicted to ANy drugs or alcool. I had a very frightening panic attack all of a sudden and
years of using ativan i still don t know for sure what triggered that first attack.
How i felt during the attack so those who feel these attacks will know they are not alone. :
I felt a shortness and tightness in my breathing so strong i was immobolized. I could hardly walk back
To my house.
I was certain i was gone crazy and if crazy was possible then this was me.
I finally got home, i immediately got on the phone with (very fortunate) a psychiatrist.
No nurse. No inexperienced encourager i wanted a psychiatrist i requested .a emergency Someone had to hear what i was going through and it had to be told to the right end.
If i did not have that human doctor to hear me that day and take care of me from the moment on that phone and the prescription i was able to get(ativan 1
3 x day or as needed i was ending it behind the house.
Not long after my life was bearable that i meet someone at the na meeting in town.
(A friend* who found out i was on ativan as prescribed said i should attend na)
I meet someone there that was nice enough but, since I WAS A USER> ended the relationship or put it on hold till i go get detoxed.
Within days im in with my suitcase i am a addict i told the nurse who welcomed me in.
We talked. She stopped me and asked if she could
Call my doctor i said yes of course.. get it over with im an addict.
The nurse came back and i was sent home. Even if i am taking ativan long term i am the same person i was 20 + years ago. I am a person who is medicated because of panic caused by a awakening i went through that day while walking in the field behind my house. And not for the reason most would judge for.
A good psychiatrist will know and tell you you are ahead of your time instead of calling you not normal because you simply cannot be fitted with the masses.
A lot of so called addicts and crazy people are really misplaced artists and persons who want a life they chose not one that was chosen for them.
I got to go now its Christmas . Take care and please be careful with your meds or other drugs you take as meds. Kendra

6:24 pm January 13th, 2015

I just want to feel good I’ve had a few drinks and took a few pills I wonder if I snort one will I feel better and be able to function I delegate my house I want to feel normal will this help and not kill no I don’t want to die what should I do

11:24 am January 14th, 2015

What’s happens when you snort lorazepams while have seizures?

1:03 pm January 16th, 2015

Hello Kiki. I’d say you first need to read this other article: http://prescription-drug.addictionblog.org/mixing-lorazepam-with-alcohol/ and I wouldn’t say it’s safe to snort lorazepam on top of having taken several pills orally and drank alcohol with that. If you feel strange side effects, please don’t hesitate to ask for help.

4:14 pm January 16th, 2015

Melinda, why would anyone do that?!

2:48 am February 8th, 2015

I was wondering if larazepam will help with my withdrawls from suboxone?

2:26 pm February 10th, 2015

Hi Tom. Yes, lorazepam can help, but be careful since benzo withdrawal is more dangerous than opiate withdrawal. An antihistamine should help with sleep and you can try Imodium to keep your stomach and bowels from getting too bad. Good luck!

2:46 pm February 13th, 2015

If you do snort lorazopam do you have to mix it with anything.?

1:30 pm September 4th, 2015

I blew some yesterday i think about 6 and a half 1 mg all at once like one big line i could barley talk or walk but it was ver very peacefull and i really enjoyes it… ill be doing it evrey once abd a while not trying to get afdictied

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