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What happens when you snort Valium?

What happens when you snort Valium?

If you’re thinking of snorting Valium (diazepam), we’ll offer some reasons why you shouldn’t. Simply put, there are too many possible complications and damage that you risk to your body. Not to mention the risk of overdose and suffering severe side effects because of the unregulated amount of Valium entering the central nervous system.

In this article, we explore what snorting Valium does to the body and brain as well as the dangers and possible side effects that can occur when you snort Valium. Then, we invite your questions about Valium abuse and treatments for Valium addiction at the end.

What does snorting Valium do?

Valium is mainly used to treat anxiety. As a benzodiazepine medication, Valium is also used to help with the treatment of alcohol withdrawal. But some people may abuse Valium for its euphoric effects. In fact, snorting Valium has become a popular form of abuse. But what does snorting Valium do?

When you change the route by which you take Valium, you also alter the concentration and effects of the medication. Snorting Valium takes a shorter time to work in the central nervous system. Instead of diazepam going through the digestive tract to metabolize, it travels through the nasal cavity and crosses the blood-brain barrier shortly after it is snorted. It only take a few minutes to feel the effects of the Valium on the system. Because of the concentration of diazepam in the brain, snorting Valium also affects the potential for adverse side effects.

Is snorting Valium effective?

Snorting Valium is effective in terms of therapeutic and possible euphoric effect, but snorting is not the recommended mode of administration. The risk and side effects are too great. Also when you snort valium, the dosage of diazepam can become toxic when you choose to take it in this form. You can damage nasal cavities permanently, damage your liver, heart, or lungs depending on the level of abuse and how much you are snorting.

Is snorting Valium bad for you?

Yes, snorting Valium is bad for you. When you snort Valium, you increase the chances for negative and adverse side effects to happen. Side effects from snorting Valium include:

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  • fatigue
  • hard time breathing
  • irregular heart beat
  • loss of concentration
  • nausea and diarrhea
  • overdose
  • ulceration of the mucous membrane of the nose
  • seizures
  • tremors

Snorting Valium is not worth the change of suffering side effects you’re not meant to experience. If you want to decrease your chances of adverse side effects, then DON’T snort Valium.

Is snorting Valium dangerous?

The biggest reason Valium is so dangerous is that you can suffer an overdose. Valium overdose is a big deal because it can come on suddenly and if there is no one to help or find you, there is a potential you may never wake up from an overdose. In fact, Valium overdose can come on suddenly and without warning. While you may feel the onset of effects which will lead to euphoric effects, you can quickly go downhill. Valium overdose signs to look out for include:

  • coma
  • confusion and dizziness
  • depressed heart rate and breathing
  • fatigue
  • impaired cognitive function
  • impaired movement

Can you snort Valium?

While you may snort Valium and get the effects of the drug faster with a greater intensity… in the end, it’s not worth the risks you run. As with other benzodiazepines, unpredictable side effects can occur when you snort Valium. If you are needing a stronger effect to treat your symptoms then you should talk to your doctor they can help you find a better way to treat anxiety or depression.

Snorting Valium questions

Do you still have questions concerning snorting Valium? Please leave your questions in the comments section below and we will get back to you personally and promptly.

Reference Sources:  HHS: U.S. Senate Hearing on Trends in Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths
NCBI: Adverse reaction to Zolpidem

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15 Responses to “What happens when you snort Valium?
10:49 am April 30th, 2014

You guys are doing a great thing about tell people it’s bad to do drugs and I want to be a police officer so I can learn more about weird things that out there and also it’s show the clean and sober people to stay of drugs it’s not good for anybody I really wish people thought more about what bad for them but they don’t so I am so glad I read about this information give me a lot information and wow it’s very shocking what can happen to the people that use it all we have to do is pray for them to choose the light is instated of the darkness . I will recomand to people to read about this websit

12:41 pm April 30th, 2014

Thank you for the compliments, Maria! And good luck you in your pursuit of a career in law enforcement. Keep in mind that drug addiction is complicated and is best treated through psychotherapy or behavioral interventions…and not jail time!

6:56 am August 6th, 2014

Will 2mg and doing it once be hurtful?

10:58 pm August 16th, 2014

I know someone who is thinking about snorting a quarter of a Valium. How much can u intake before it’s dangerous… and are there any drugs that shouldn’t be mixed with valium?

2:53 pm December 25th, 2014

Interesting read although I must say from personal experience I’ve never experienced any of the side effects mentioned and that was after snorting 10 10mg pills, that being said everyone’s different and I have a very high tolerance anyway so would definitely not recommend those sort of doses to anyone who hasn’t got a strong tolerance well wouldn’t recommend it anyway but c’est le vie

9:22 am February 10th, 2015

I’m fairly certain this information is inaccurate. Nasal is not a route of administration for diazepam and most other benzodiazepines. The effective routes of administration are oral, intravenous, intramuscular, and suppository (rectal). Valium is not water soluble and therefore won’t dissolve through the nasal passages, so snorting it is effectively the same as oral. The drug will drip down the throat and into the stomach. People think they are getting a better high by snorting these pills, but in fact it is a complete figment of the imagination.

9:15 pm March 20th, 2015

What will happen the first time I snort a 2mg of Valium?

3:02 pm March 23rd, 2015

Hi Michy. Besides feeling euphoria and a high, there are real possible side-effects from snorting any dose of Valium. They include fatigue, difficulty breathing, irregular heart rate, loss of concentration, nausea and diarrhea. These effects will have a faster onset when Valium is snorted, and can also be with a stronger intensity. Please be careful.

11:29 am June 16th, 2015

mmmmm this smells like bullshit to me. Valium not absorb-able in nasal mucosa, the effects are felt from the benzo travelling to the stomach through the nasal cavity. Stop spreading misinformation.

4:07 pm June 17th, 2015

Hi Tom. We’re not saying it can enter the system through the nasal mucosa. The point is that crushed Valium can get far more quickly absorbed (in the stomach) because it’s crushed into powder. Also, people tend to crush multiple pills and snort greater quantities. In the long term, damage can occur as a result of Valium abuse, which includes the nasal mucosa since the drug frequently passes through the cavity when snorted. We’re sorry if you feel these are misinformation.

3:52 am June 23rd, 2015

me and a friend sniffed about 2 boxes of activias diazepam 5 mg (yellows) as well as smoking many bongs of weed and drinking alcohol. i didnt endure any of the above side effects and was just rubbered to the moon , MSJ diazepam is were the danger lies.

7:59 pm August 14th, 2015

This article is total BS, when you take diazepam (valium) orally you body will take up to 93% of the substance, snorting willl do just a bit more, even when you extract the substance and shoot it directly in your vains won’t feel different from taking it orally. the only difference, with snorting and shooting is it will work faster!

5:19 am September 14th, 2015

I’ve read all the comment above , Yes there is a lot of BS on this subject and a lot of truth to it as well,. When snorting Valium 10 mg it will go straight to your central nervous system to the brain.
just a few symptoms, will cause incontinent of the bladder. overdosing on Valium 10 milligram will cause,breathing difficulties heart palpitate plus Coma may occur, You can aspirate in your sleep, Yes Chock to “death”. Depend on what dosages and how much you Snort. it will go straight to the central nervous system in your brain and cause you to go into a coma and or death.we lost our loving sister at the age of 36 years old from from drugs alcohol and narcotics, Yes we had as a family go to identify our sister and brother dead in the morgue, I myself could never understand why people would want to abuse their bodies this way. Just the fact alone to know you may never wake-up again, is very scary on it’s own, Plus I will give you something to think about, You may think you want to commit suicide. Well that’s your opinion; I had a sister at the age of 36 years old took her life from, benzodiazepine and narcotics mixed. The person thinking about taking his or her own life does not realize. How much they are really loved. My Brother 4 years later took his life by hanging at the age of 39 years old. Along with drinking alcohol and injecting himself heroin, I don’t like to speak of this the hurt of losing a loved one is never easy, in our case as a family there were 4 children and our mom and dad. Now my Mom and dad are both gone. Made me feel as if I was an orphan. Now there is just myself and my Oldest sister left out of 6 of us. I beg and plead of you do not snort drugs. If was so hurtful for us to go to identify our loved ones dead in the morgue. Express the feelings that come over our mom and dad my oldest sister, and myself. It is very easy to commit suicide but what you don’t understand, is the trauma you leave behind for your loved ones to suffer. I myself call these action very selfish on a persons behave. Enough said. THINK BEFORE YOU SINK. PLEASE., read this very carefully and think about my true real to life trauma, I ask , Please don’t put your loved ones in this situation. You family Love you . THINK, THINK.

11:46 pm September 24th, 2015

So is it like snorting a xanex?

11:41 am September 25th, 2015

Hi Jester. Thanks for asking! You can read more about the specific effects and dangers of snorting Xanax here:

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