Monday November 24th 2014

Snorting Xanax

If you’re thinking about snorting Xanax, you can prevent serious harm by taking a few steps.

Although we don’t endorse snorting Xanax or any other drug, you should know what can happen. Here, we review what happens in the body while snorting Xanax, Xanax high effects, as well as the dangers and safety concerns of snorting Xanax. We welcome questions about snorting Xanax at the end of this article, and will try to answer all legitimate questions about Xanax use with a personal reply ASAP.

Xanax: What are you really snorting?

Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax comes in a regular and extended-release tablet and contains the benzodiazepine medication alprazolam. But Xanax also contains the inactive ingredients Cellulose, corn starch, docusate sodium, lactose, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide and sodium benzoate, and coloring agents.

Snorting Xanax to get high

Xanax is intended to be taken orally, but some people will crush the pills and snort the powder to get high. Xanax only causes feelings of euphoria when it’s taken in larger amounts than intended, or when taken by people with no medical need for the drug. Snorting allows larger doses to enter the bloodstream directly than taking the tablet orally – particularly in the case of the extended-release tablet. But snorting Xanax can also lead to serious adverse effects, including overdose or death.

Snorting Xanax vs oral

Although onset of action is quicker, how long Xanax in system does not really change when you snort Xanax versus oral tablets.  In fact, Xanax is not meant to be snorted. The oral doses are known to be prescribed in safe amounts with minimal side effects. Snorting Xanax can be dangerous, because it causes the drug to be absorbed in higher amounts than would normally enter the blood all at once. These doses can result in overdose, which can cause confusion, coordination problems, loss of consciousness, and even death. Even if you don’t overdose on Xanax, snorting it raises the risk of serious adverse effects.

How does snorting Xanax affect the body?

Xanax affects the body’s central nervous system. Even when taken orally, Xanax decreases abnormal excitement in the brain, helping to keep people with mood disorders calm. But when snorted, Xanax effects can be more intense and possibly cause a variety of side effects, which can include:

  • dizziness
  • difficulty concentrating
  • drowsiness
  • headache
  • irritability
  • joint pain
  • nausea
  • talkativeness

Snorting Xanax side effects

Taking Xanax orally often causes drowsiness and dizziness. Severe side effects of Xanax are rarer, but may occur more often when the medication is not taken as prescribed. Therefore, the possible serious side effects of snoring Xanax can include:

  • depression
  • hallucinations
  • memory problems
  • seizures
  • suicidal thoughts
  • shortness of breath

Snorting Xanax dangers

Snorting Xanax can have serious risks. For one, Xanax impairs coordination and judgment, putting you at greater risk of auto or industrial accidents. Inhaling Xanax powder through your nose can also damage your nasal passages. But snorting Xanax can also spread diseases, especially infections. How? Overuse and shared straws or snorting instruments. Even more, because of the large doses delivered when you snort Xanax, your risk of addiction and dependence is higher. Finally, overdose and death are also much more likely when the medication is taken in this way.

Snorting Xanax safely

The extended release version of Xanax should never the snorted – the medication is intended to be absorbed slowly by the body, and it’s not safe to release it all at once by crushing the pills. However, for your information, the recommended daily dosage of Xanax is only about 10 mg in one day.

Snorting Xanax questions

Are you addicted to Xanax?  Do you still have questions about taking Xanax? If so, please let us know. We respond to all real Xanax questions with a personal and prompt reply.

Reference Sources: PubMed Health: Alprazolam
Hazardous Substances DataBank: Alprazolam
National Drug Intelligence Center: Prescription Drugs Fast Facts

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13 Responses to “Snorting Xanax
Sharon
2:57 pm January 24th, 2013

I recently found out that my son’s friend has been snorting 1mg tabs of xanax a couple times a day. I know snorting it isn’t good and I want to talk to him about this because all of my son’s friends look to me as there other mother. I was shocked and just didn’t know what to say. I have asked other people what I should say but didn’t tell them who the person is that is doing this. They all told me irrational things because they are so against any drugs being used for anything. What do you suggest? Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you,
Sharon

9:50 am January 28th, 2013

Hi Sharon. Great question.

First, you can explain the physiological differences between snorting and oral ingestion and how Xanax is metabolized. It’s a physical thing. Snorting affects onset, but it damages the body. And Xanax, when taken orally, is effective and lasts longer.

Second, you can talk openly about why he’s snorting. Often, drug use occurs because of some emotional or psychological issues happening in life. It’s a cry for help. If your son’s friend can trust and open up to you, there may be issues that come to light. You can then refer him to a psychologist who deals with teens/adolescents.

Does that help?

Suzanne
5:56 am July 17th, 2013

Hi. Recently, my brother has been drinking frequently and well beyond his “limits”. He is 21 years of age, and I found him last night snorting xanax in the basement while drunk. I’m not sure what to do…he’s already gone to a lot of therapy in the past and I’m afraid he might be going back to his old ways if he’s not already there. Where do I go from here? How do I approach him about this? Anytime I try to help him he lashes out and tries to get me to mind my own business.

10:59 am July 17th, 2013

Hi Suzanne. I’d suggest that you call Narc-Anon and ask for help. Additionally, seek advice from a licensed psychologist who specializes in family addiction cases. There are protocols for dealing with family members who are addicted. For example, don’t give money. Schedule a sit down talk when he is NOT inebriated. And get professional help to plan an intervention. You are in my thoughts.

Terry Boone
1:28 am April 2nd, 2014

My daughter is an addict. She is also bi-polar. has been seeing a mental health professional.
She is taking klonopin, prozac,servella, limictal,nurenton, suboxin, & recently starting snorting xanax…. Has severe emotional problems… Sometimes she mixes this with alcohol, & becomes
extremly violent.. All her doctors are aware of the situation. I don’t know what else to do. Any suggestions…

lori
2:44 pm May 3rd, 2014

have your sister put in a hospital before she hurts herself or someone else.it might sound mean but it will help her in the lon

Ivette
8:33 pm May 27th, 2014

My ex boyfriend just told me he’s been on xanax since the beginning of the year and has increased these past couple months and wants to stop but he feels antsy and anxious and moody and I’m not sure what I can do to help him nobody knows about his problem but his twin brother who says he’s gunna help him but I’m still concerned is there anything you can recommend I can do I care about him so much and I want to reach out to his family but I’m scared that he’s gunna resent me for it I don’t know what to do :’(

9:38 am May 28th, 2014

Hello Ivette. I’d suggest that you do some research into getting psychological help via TALK THERAPY for anxiety. Anxiety is often the product of patterns of thinking, which can be changed via behavioral interventions. You can find a therapist near you by going to the American Psychological Association’s therapist finder tool.

dj price
11:24 pm July 15th, 2014

snorting Xanax is a good high

Matt
5:37 am November 14th, 2014

Hi I’m very concerned about my wife whom is 5 months pregnant and I just realized she got into my 1mg. xanax and she took 10 in the course of 2-3 hours I’ve explained the risk to the baby and her but she continues to try and get into my meds what can I do I’m very worried thanks

joe
7:13 am November 14th, 2014

Hi I have been in a real low place in life but I got sum xanax bars and o crushed a lot of them in a drink alchole nd drank it all and I blacked out for 3 days is that normal

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
2:59 pm November 17th, 2014

Hi Joe. No, it’s not a normal thing to put your organism through. Even if it is a common thing with mixing Xanax and alcohol, you are causing more damage than you have bargained for. If you black out for 3 days, it’s not normal to your organism.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
3:02 pm November 17th, 2014

Hello Matt. Find a place to keep your meds out of your wife’s reach. You can research the internet and print out materials that explain the risks of taking Xanax while pregnant, that might keep her away.

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