Wednesday July 30th 2014

Snorting Methadone

If you’re thinking about snorting to get high on Methadone, you should know what happens in the body and brain, and weigh the risks.

Here, we review the dangers and safety concerns of snorting Methadone. We welcome questions about snorting Methadone or Methadone side effects long term at the end of this article, and will try to answer all legitimate questions with a personal and prompt reply.

Methadone: What are you really snorting?

Methadone is a prescription drug used both to relieve moderate to severe pain and to help treat opioid dependence. Methadone tablets include methadone but might also include magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and starch.

How does snorting Methadone affect the body?

Snorting Methadone changes the delivery time of the drug to the brain, and brings about intense, almost immediate action of effects. Snorting Methadone causes large amounts of the drug to instantly enter the bloodstream through the nasal tissues. Because this causes Methadone to be absorbed in higher amounts than normally taken, it can be dangerous.

Methadone’s effects are primarily on the central nervous system. Methadone alters the body’s perception of pain by binding to opiate receptors in the brain. This can cause feelings of euphoria, along with dizziness, lightheadedness, and even mood changes.  Methadone stays in your system and can be detected in urine 2-4 days after last use.

Snorting Methadone to get high

Methadone is not very effective for getting high, which is why it’s used to treat the withdrawal symptoms of other opiate medications. However, the risks of snorting Methadone are high. A large dose of Methadone inhaled through the nose can cause you to abruptly stop breathing and can even kill you. With the extended-release versions of methadone, this becomes even more dangerous. Even if you can tolerate the high doses of methadone, you’ll experience a higher rate of adverse effects when snorting Methadone versus oral administration.

Snorting Methadone vs oral

Narcotic pain medications are prescribed as an oral tablet for a reason. Although Methadone can also be crushed and snorted or injected as a solution, an oral is better controlled and oral preparations are safer than other methods of administration. Snorting Methadone causes the effects to come on more rapidly, providing almost immediate pain relief and euphoric effects. This quick rush is also dangerous because of the heightened risk of overdose.

Snorting Methadone side effects

Taking Methadone normally can cause a number of unpleasant of side effects, including drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Severe side effects occur less frequently with normal use,but do occur more often when the medication is not taken as prescribed. These effects include:

  • abnormal heartbeat
  • clammy skin
  • confusion
  • difficulty breathing
  • fainting
  • loss of consciousness

Snorting Methadone dangers

Snorting Methadone has some serious side effects. Snorting Methadone puts you at increased risk of accidents due to your impaired abilities. Snorting Methadone definitely increases the risk that you will become addicted to the medication. And insufflating Methadone can harm your nasal passages over time, and even spread disease if you share snorting instruments. The most serious risk of snorting Methadone is that of potential overdose and death.

Snorting Methadone safely

Methadone is not safe to take by snorting. As little as 50mg of Methadone can be fatal in someone who doesn’t have a built-up methadone tolerance. Because it’s hard to say how a person will react to large doses of methadone all at once, it’s simply not safe to snort methadone.

Snorting Methadone questions

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

Reference Sources: Drugs and Human Performance Fact Sheets: Methadone
Methadone Fast Facts
Toxnet: Methadone

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15 Responses to “Snorting Methadone
john L
12:08 am September 24th, 2012

I have several spinal cord injuries that happened 25 years ago. Been down the opiod trail. Been on 35-40 mgs methadone daily last 6 years. Donot take anything else (narcotics). Started crushing and snorting morning and lunch dose to handle pain quick 5.5 years ago. The other doses are swallowed for I do not need quick relief for I am off work by then.
doses are 7.5mgs to 10 mgs four times a day. Have not increased dose nor need to for 6 years. Am I harming myself? Quick acting narcotics scare me. As I said I have wrestled with them years ago-No thanks

8:55 am October 22nd, 2012

Hi John. Thanks for your question. Honestly, you probably know the answer to your question. Yes, you are harming yourself by snorting methadone. Snorting is exactly the way to make any narcotic quick acting – as the result is almost immediate as methadone enters the bloodstream and crosses the blood-brain barrier quickly after snoring. This kind of use puts you in real danger of addiction. Plus, the nasal lining and sinus cavities become irritated and harmed over time.

Properly administered, methadone is not intoxicating or sedating, and its effects do not interfere with ordinary daily activities. Is it possible to swallow your morning and lunch pills? Or is there a deeper reason you avoid this mode of administration (possible euphoria?)

john L
4:05 am November 9th, 2012

I have never felt euphoria from the methadone.Just pain relief and being tired. I see you stated snorting causes sedation. I will attempt to take oraly. As far as addiction, I know I am dependent. and my body would react to sudden stopping, plus the return of severe pain!

HOTT
5:01 pm January 10th, 2013

I’m on the same as John L. I take methadone 10mg 4times a day for chronic back pain as prescribed but it takes so long for it to kick n that I’m leaning towards snorting it. I been taking it for 2months now but I can already feel my body getn a tolerants to it. So really what I’m asking is what should I do? Becuz chronic back pain has me goin crazy @ times. On another note. What’s the differents in snorting herion an snorting methadone becuz I heard its almost or pretty much the same thang? Juz wanna say this my 1st time blogn an seeing a website like this that I can get feedback like this. Thanks

8:55 am January 14th, 2013

Hi HOTT. While snorting methadone may bring on quicker drug onset, it’s really not recommended. It can damage your nose and is not necessary. Especially in chronic pain management. Methadone and heroin are chemically very similar. Snorting either drug usually results in a similar effect…but again, not recommended.

For different pain medication alternatives such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, seek help from a prescribing doctor. Or also look into alternative therapies such as acupuncture or massage (always check with your doctor first).

Brian
3:35 pm January 30th, 2013

I have two questions. What effects does snorting Methadone have on the lungs? If someone is only snorting 10-20mg throughout the day all together and they have been doing it for about a year? The person I am talking about is addicted and is using Methadone to self medicate for symptoms of ADD. He says it helps with his procrastination and focus. It helps him get stuff done instead of always putting it off. So my other questions is; do you know of any studies done of the effects of methadone on an ADD patient?

12:43 pm February 15th, 2013

Hi Brian. Snorting methadone has most effect on the lining of the nose and sinuses. It is absorbed from these locations into the tissues and the bloodstream, while excess material is usually swallowed and follows the digestive tract. So, snorted methadone has little to no effect on the lungs.

I have not heard of methadone as treatment for ADD. Common medications used to treat ADD include amphetamine salts (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Ritalin).

Tim
2:59 am April 27th, 2013

I have been taking Methadone for about 4 years after having a lower spinal fusion. I take 10mg six times a day. Is there another med. that I can take when I am running low and don’t want to have withdrawals from the methadone?

Dina
5:28 pm June 21st, 2013

Can you sniff the opanas?
Take the plastic like coating off from the pill, chop up the pill, as it was coke… and SNORT it??
While I understand this may not be the safest thing to do… how long does it last in your urine?

Please help…… I MUST pass my urine drug screen for probation. Thank you.

hey
8:54 pm November 24th, 2013

Know someone that does this does it affect his ability to an erection?

Debra Rincon
2:49 pm December 16th, 2013

This is a really sick idea, but I am sure some ADDICT’s will just about anything to get HIGH??? It defeats the whole entire purpose of Treatment if you try & do this, I am sickened by the things that people do to get a high, I am a recovered addict myself but thanks to GOD have never stooped to these LOW Types of Addiction. I didn’t need to hit ROCK BOTTOM to know my LIMITs!

concerned
5:17 am March 3rd, 2014

I have left my husband in the past because I found out he was using drugs. We are back together and I have made it quite clear that I will not allow drug use. I recently found out he was addicted to Loratab and was taking so much that I cannot believe he did not overdose. Now I found out he is on Methadone which he states to help his cravings for the Loratab. He states due to his job, he does not have time to go to the clinic everyday and is getting his methadone from a family member. I have tried to tell him how stupid this is not to be monitored by a doctor. Last night he went out with a buddy and got drunk and stayed up all night. I questioned him about using other drugs also because what I have read about Methadone is that it makes people tired not energy to stay up all night, but he said he snorted it. Could this make you stay awake like he stated and I am wondering about leaving him again. I think he is so selfish, we have children and I do not want our children or me to find him dead one morning, but all that he has done to his body I guess he thinks it is impossible for him to ever overdose. I do not know first hand about these drugs, just what I have read. Any advice would be appreciated greatly.

9:20 am March 3rd, 2014

Hello concerned. The only way to be sure of what is in his system is to have him agree to regular drug testing. Have you considered also going to see a family therapist (a licensed clinical psychologist trained in addiction issues)? This can REALLY help you and your kids process what is going on and come out with some healthier patterns.

Chris
5:03 pm May 9th, 2014

Does snorting methadone harm the esophagus?

jamon
3:01 am June 24th, 2014

So, if I snort my 50 mg of methadone will I get higher than taking orally? I understand the risk but wanna get high. Will it last as long this way?
Thanks in advance

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