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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.

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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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32 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!

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).

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).

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?

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.

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!

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.

5:03 pm May 9th, 2014

Does snorting methadone harm the esophagus?

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

jess m
10:06 pm August 30th, 2014

Unless you can handle the most insane burning in your nose and throat, Don’t do it! Omg ouch… 45 minutes later and still on fire. Swallow them! Not worth the burn!

ross muir
1:53 am November 27th, 2014

methadone burns nasally what can I do to stop that happening.It would be a better option than Iv

1:40 am February 21st, 2015

I think your reader’s are missing the point you are trying to get accross. SNORING BAD!

9:36 am March 5th, 2015

I take 3 10 mg tabs of methadone a day for pain and I’ve never gotten “high” from it but be careful with this stuff, my son thought it would get him high so he took 10 of mine ( 2 at a time) and ended up going into a coma and was on life support for 9 days. If you’re not used to taking this shit it can and will kill you and you wont even get a buz for your effort

3:27 pm March 12th, 2015

Hi Jim. Is your son OK now? Thank you for sharing your experience with methadone abuse, I’m sure it can help someone else.

3:31 pm March 14th, 2015

In my search for answers to why my son died on Dec 14 of last year I came across this site. It just breaks my heart to see how so many are fooling themselves into thinking they need these life threatening drugs when there are so many other things to help mental or physical pain. Just think of the hurt that family members feel when they are called to identify the body of their loved one who died while snorting meth. I am in pain everyday since my sons death from snorting meth thinking, what could I have done to help him ?????????

12:41 pm March 16th, 2015

Hi Nancy. I’m very sorry for your loss. I know there are no words that would soothe your pain and grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

8:37 pm March 23rd, 2015

I’ve been taking roxicodone 10mg five tiimes a day for the past three months today my doc switched me to methadone 5mg once aa day to start with but its been over two hours and I’m not getting any relief from my pain

8:22 am March 26th, 2015

Hello Ashley. Check in with your prescribing doctor or a pharmacist. It takes some time before methadone builds up in your system long enough to feel pain relief. DO NOT increase dose amounts or frequency; this can lead to overdose.

John Doe
4:38 am April 7th, 2015

You are so wrong…wha…too lazy to click over to Wiki and actually educate yourself on Methadone??? Methadon CAN’T cross the BBB (blood brain barrier) due to it’s partial antagonist properties. ONLY FULL opiod agonists can cross the BBB. In fact, methadone stops other drugs from crossing the BBB. Did you forget for 70 years we’ve been giving methadone to drug adicts???? IDIOT!!!!

8:10 pm April 10th, 2015

john doe you are wrong anyone who educates themselves on street drugs on wiki is the idiot my dear sir but bottom line is any method of digestion can and will lead to potential abuse

8:58 am June 3rd, 2015

Iv been on fentonyol 75 mg dry patches for about a year now and I had some come up missing, for fear of having terrible withdrawal I got a hold of some 10 mg methadone tabs, now when do run out of my fentanyl, what do u recommend I start off taking for methadone so I don’t ache or go thru any withdrawal, but still don’t accidently overdose?

2:37 pm June 4th, 2015

Hi Adam. I’d say you should ask a pharmacist for advise. And try to keep your patches on a safe place, out of everyone’s reach, so you won’t be missing any without explanation.

4:51 pm August 11th, 2015

Does snorting methadone metabolize faster or slower than taking orally?

6:44 pm October 5th, 2015

Been on methadone and percocet for 8yrs lower back pain my question is this I started snorting both meds started with percs then gradually went to methadone too but last week stopped snorting them and went back to orally taking them now my sleep schedule is really messed up crazy dreams high anxiety will this go back to normal also I am in process of kicking nicotine

6:19 am November 16th, 2015

I know it’s not good for u but can u absorb the metadone thru nasal passages after crushing a 10 mg tablet with all the filler that you will snort along with the methadone

5:08 pm February 1st, 2016

Hello. I am an ex opiate addict that would like to give a warning to other opiate addicts. Do not get on methadone. Go to forums for people addicted to methadone on other websites and all they talk about is how it’s just as hard if not harder to quit than any other drug. The only solution is for you to face your addiction head on. You did this to yourself, don’t switch one addiction for another. I personally experienced methadone withdrawal and it was in my opinion much worse than oxycodone withdrawl. I did not get a full nights sleep and had no energy for work for almost 2 months, and this was coming off of 5 mg a day. The intensity of the withdrawal is not the bad part, it’s how long methadone clings to you. I went cold turkey and am finally opiate free. I just want to say, your going to have to face the consequences of your addiction one day, it’s better to do it sooner than later. All you need is people to love and support you through the process.

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