What happens when you snort Ambien?
People snort Ambien (zolpidem) to get high or to feel the effects of Ambien quicker. If you are thinking of snorting Ambien, we ask you to reconsider.
Snorting Ambien can have adverse effects on your health and can lead to complications. More here on what happens when you snort Ambien and the side effects you can expect to encounter. Also, how snorting Ambien can lead to becoming dependent on Ambien . Then, we invite your questions about Ambien and getting help for Ambien addiction at the end.
What does snorting Ambien do?
Because Ambien is a sedative-hypnotic, zolpidem works by slowing down activity in the brain. It puts you in a hypnotic state which allows you to get the sleep you need. That’s why its used to treat insomnia. But, because Ambien works as a sedative-hypnotic is also has the potential to have psychoactive effects on the body.
Ambien is designed to be taken orally. Oral us of Ambien is safer because Ambien gets digested, which helps get the medication to the brain in a way that isn’t toxic. When you snort Ambien, you bypass the safety measures intended for the drug. You are increasing the speed of onset as well as the intensity of the medication. Snorting also has a higher chance of inducing hallucination or risk of overdosing on Ambien.
The reason that drug onset is so quick after snorintg is because Ambien passes through the mucus membrane in the nose and then directly into the blood stream, taking the drug straight to the brain. While onset is quicke,r the effects of Ambien may wear off as fast too. However, Ambien is a dangerous drug to snort because of the adverse side effects if can cause. In sum, it is never recommended that you snort Ambien.
Is snorting Ambien bad for you?
Yes. Snorting Ambien is very bad for you. When you snort Ambien, you run the risk of encountering side effects. You also increase the severity of the side effects and your reactions to the drug by the route of administration. You are allowing concentrated levels of zolpidem to enter the central nervou system quickly. At these levels, Ambien is toxic and is doing more damage to your body then it is helping. When you snort Ambien you run the following risks:
- accident due to impairment
- chest pain
- drowsiness and confusion
- erratic change in mood
- increased heart rate
- severe memory loss
Is snorting Ambien dangerous?
What makes snorting Ambien dangerous is it quick onset of action. Because zolpidem has less barriers to bypass, it gets into the blood stream faster. Instead of taking 30 minutes to an hour to activate, snorted Ambien takes effect in minutes. You can also experience a euphoric high when you snort Ambien.
Because of these effects, you increase your risk of developing an addiction to Ambien because of the added effects of snorting Ambien. Its also dangerous because of the potential for overdose. If overdose occurs, get medical help immediately. Signs of Ambien overdose include:
- extreme fatigue
- difficulty breathing
- heart fatigue
- impaired motor functioning
- liver poisoning
Is snorting Ambien effective?
Technically, yes. Snorting Ambien is effective. You can have an quick onset of the medication and the other added pleasure it creates. But, labels and directions warn against snorting Ambien. The toxic effects it has on the body is too great and just not worth it to even snorting Ambien. Snorting Ambien can put you in risky situations you can’t control.
Can you snort Ambien?
While it may be alluring to snort Ambien, it’s best not to. Snorting Ambien is dangerous and can have consequences you could never see coming. Because Ambien create hallucinations and memory loss there is no telling what you may do in an alternate state of consciousness. While you may get away snorting a few times with little consequences to your health it will eventually catch up to you in some fashion.
When you snort Ambien questions
Do you know someone who snorting Ambien? Do you still have questions concerning snorting Ambien? We invite your questions in the comments section below. We will get back to you personally and promptly.
Reference Sources: NHTSA: Zolpidem
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