Snorting lorazepam

Is snorting lorazepam effective vs taking lorazepam orally? Can snorting lorazepam get you high? What dangers are present and can they be avoided? More on snorting lorazepam effects here.

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If you’re thinking about snorting Ativan to get high on lorazepam, you should be well informed about what happens in the brain and body, both short and long-term.

Although how long lorazepam stays in your system depends more on chronic use vs one time use, snorting lorazepam brings on near immediate onset of action.  Here, we review what happens in the body while snorting lorazepam, as well as the dangers and safety concerns of snorting lorazepam. We welcome all questions about lorazepam at the end of this article, and will try to answer all legitimate questions with a personal reply ASAP.

Lorazepam: What are you really snorting?

Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine medication, and is marketed under the brand name Ativan. Lorazepam, an antianxiety medication, is used to treat panic attacks, but also irritable bowel syndrome, epilepsy, insomnia, and other conditions. Lorazepam is the main active ingredient in Ativan, but inactive ingredients that accompany lorazepam might include lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and polacrilin potassium.

Snorting lorazepam to get high

Lorazepam enters the bloodstream rapidly when snorted, exposing you to much higher doses than you would absorb through the recommended oral route. This raises the risk of adverse side effects – including some that can be life-threatening, like difficulty breathing or irregular heartbeat. How long lorazepam lasts depends on the pharmaceutical preparation of lorazepam and physical condition, but lorazepam effects generally last for 6-8 hours for single doses.

Snorting lorazepam vs oral

Taking lorazepam orally is safer and has fewer complications, since that’s the intended route for the medication. Snorting will cause quicker, more intense effects, but this quick fix has its risks. Overdose on lorazepam can cause a coma or death.

How does snorting lorazepam affect the body?

Lorazepam acts on your central nervous system by slowing brain activity, which relaxes you physically. This action, however, can also have a downside. Minor side effects of using lorazepam include blurred vision, nausea, or appetite changes. However, the risk of adverse side effects increases when you snort lorazepam, as you shock the brain and the body with a high dose of lorazepam at once. Snorting lorazepam can affect your body by causing:

  • blurred vision
  • changes in appetite
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • excitement
  • nausea
  • restlessness

Snorting lorazepam side effects

When taken as prescribed, the side effects of lorazepam usually aren’t serious. Severe side effects from taking lorazepam are fairly rare, and occur more often when the medication is snorted or taken in large doses. These effects include:

  • confusion
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • extreme drowsiness
  • fainting or coma
  • fever
  • irregular heartbeat
  • muscle weakness
  • tremors, inability to sit still
  • severe skin rash
  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Snorting lorazepam dangers

It’s dangerous to snort lorazepam. The risks of extremely low blood pressure, decreased heart rate, and coma are very serious and should be considered if you’re thinking about snorting lorazepam. But nasal inhalation of lorazepam can also make you confused or drowsy, which puts you at risk of injury and accident. Snorting benzodiazepines like lorazepam can also cause damage to your nasal passages, or spread disease if you share snorting instruments. Plus, lorazepam is habit-forming, and snorting it increases your risk of becoming addicted.

If you’ve been abusing lorazepam by snorting it or using it in any other way other than as prescribed…you face an increased risk of developing addiction. You can get answers to all your questions and learn information about the rehab process in our GUIDE on Lorazepam Addiction Treatment Programs and Help.

Snorting lorazepam safely

To be clear, snorting lorazepam is never safe. But you should know something about the maximum recommended doses of lorazepam in order to prevent or reduce harm to yourself if you decide to snort lorazepam. Lorazepam is usually taken in divided doses throughout the day – either 0.5, 1, or 2 mg of lorazepam at a time. The prescribed dosage can range from 1-10 mg/day – but higher doses are usually given only to people who’ve developed a tolerance from long-term use of the medication . 10 mg can be dangerous if you’ve never taken the drug before. Again, that is the per day dosage – that much lorazepam should never be taken all at once.

Snorting lorazepam questions

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

Reference Sources: Daily Med: Ativan (lorazepam) tablet
PubMed Health: lorazepam
DEA: Drugs and Chemicals of Concern: Benzodiazepines
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. Omg, you guys are no help to anyone. People are asking if they snort this will they get high, if they take this much will it be effective, and all y’all can say is, it’s abusive that way, you need help. Or you may be abusing it, stop now! Well no shit Sherlock. We all know snorting things isn’t good for you, that’s NOT WHAT THEY ARE ASKING. If all you can say is, “you may need help call this number” jus DONT. You are wasting your time. These people don’t need people like you to determine if they have a problem or not. That’s not your place to say anything.

  2. What a damn shame that you RI have pharmaceutical companies are getting rich off my poor granddaughter who’s now addicted to this shit. Too bad I can’t sue you because I’d take you for billions of dollars you pieces of shit. paying these doctors to prescribe this crap. Hopefully it happens to someone in your family
    Rot in hell

  3. Took 2 mg lorazepam Sunday at 1:00pm have urine drug test Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Will my test be negative.. seems like enough time from last dose to test.. do you know for Shure?

  4. I’m currently on my way to prison And having bad thoughts can’t sleep or anything I took one of my wife’s but afraid to get in trouble I have to see a shrink in a day but don’t want to live much longer I was caught in the cocaine but speed slows me down Lost and lonely

    1. Hi Denise. It seems to me that ativan doesn’t have any interactions with birth control pills. However, just in case, speak with a pharmacist or a doctor.

  5. What are the effects/risk of snorting lorazepam as well as drinking?
    Also you mentioned oral dosage but not nasal

  6. Michael Crushing and then drinking it would get into your blood stream faster. It will also get out of your system faster as well. and to EVERYONE be safe and know if you want help to end addiction and don’t know how there is help!

  7. What is the fastest way (crushing,drinking) to get lorazepam to work without IV or snorting…..I’m in constant hip pain & along with percoset, would like to know the absolute fastest way to get these working with minimal risk s…..thank you, anyone

    1. Hi Michael. Please consider that it is illegal to consume medications other than prescribed, and you put yourself at risk.

  8. Shorting lorazapam definitely works much better than any other benzo I’ve tried and that’s alot. I just tooted 2mg and I felt an instant rush followed by a long nice buzz

  9. I just want the anxiety and emptyness to go away. I take it as directed. (Lorazapam ). 2mg 4 times a day but it doesn’t work anymore plus I don’t sleep so I am on ambien. I just want the sleeplessnights to stop along with my mind. It never seems to stop. Things have gotten much worst since I was diagnosed with a termanll disease. But I don’t want my docs to think I am an addict. Is there anything you can recommend. I have resorted to harming myself to stop the pain in my chest and the hopeless feeling. And don’t recommend a shrink… I’m dieing I know this, I don’t need him to tell this to me to.

  10. Ive been prescribed lorazepam again but have been a chronic meth user for two years is that dangerous to my body? My anxiety is hereditary since I was s little girl I remembered having sever anxiety and smoking obviously doesn’t make anxiety better but it is my weed.

  11. My query was much in the same vane as “Eric” to whom I didn’t see a reply posted. As far as snorting a .5 to get over a severe quick onset panick attack…I have no desire to abuse the drug recreationally , but sometimes even sublingual seems to take too long to take effect

  12. I just snorted 6 1mg lorazepams. I honestly would high suggest it. I feel a little bit of couch lock effect but a good high forsure

  13. My cousin is a IV drug user and I’m worried he may be injecting my watson 242/2 pills I keep finding some of my pills missing is this possible

  14. I snorted three 15mg oxycodone and two .5 mg lorazepam and took two 10mg methadone orally and I feel ok not to mention I have a high opiate tolerance due to years of taking oxycodone doctor prescribed because of back and spine injuries from a car accident.

    1. Hi, Jay. Please consider that snorting lorazepam is considered abusive and illegal. Also, you put yourself at risk.

  15. Trying to not be sober when I go to rehab in a few hours. I have 20 1 mg lorazepam. What will it do if I snort them? Are they soluble? Could I shoot them? I don’t fuck with benzos just opiates so idk how this will work out

  16. If you are going to buy any medicine from online, you should always shop from a trustworthy online medical store only to avoid yourself from scam or fraud.

  17. I read the possible affects for snorting lorazepam. If I only snorted .5mg would I be fine, or would I possibly go into shock?

  18. I have 2 MG lorazepam. If I snort them what will happen then and there?. I don’t want to hear all of this other stuff. Will I get high?

    1. Hello Sterling. Well, it might burn. I really don’t know. But, keep in mind that snorting lorazepam can cause damage to your nasal passages, or spread disease if you share snorting instruments with others.

  19. I blew some yesterday i think about 6 and a half 1 mg all at once like one big line i could barley talk or walk but it was ver very peacefull and i really enjoyes it… ill be doing it evrey once abd a while not trying to get afdictied

    1. Hi Tom. Yes, lorazepam can help, but be careful since benzo withdrawal is more dangerous than opiate withdrawal. An antihistamine should help with sleep and you can try Imodium to keep your stomach and bowels from getting too bad. Good luck!

  20. I just want to feel good I’ve had a few drinks and took a few pills I wonder if I snort one will I feel better and be able to function I delegate my house I want to feel normal will this help and not kill no I don’t want to die what should I do

  21. I have been taking ativan for 22 yrs. IT started one day i was walking in a field , looking for my lost cat .
    It was a gorgeous fall day with all the falling leaves
    And i was not addicted to ANy drugs or alcool. I had a very frightening panic attack all of a sudden and
    years of using ativan i still don t know for sure what triggered that first attack.
    How i felt during the attack so those who feel these attacks will know they are not alone. :
    I felt a shortness and tightness in my breathing so strong i was immobolized. I could hardly walk back
    To my house.
    I was certain i was gone crazy and if crazy was possible then this was me.
    I finally got home, i immediately got on the phone with (very fortunate) a psychiatrist.
    No nurse. No inexperienced encourager i wanted a psychiatrist i requested .a emergency Someone had to hear what i was going through and it had to be told to the right end.
    If i did not have that human doctor to hear me that day and take care of me from the moment on that phone and the prescription i was able to get(ativan 1
    3 x day or as needed i was ending it behind the house.
    Not long after my life was bearable that i meet someone at the na meeting in town.
    (A friend* who found out i was on ativan as prescribed said i should attend na)
    I meet someone there that was nice enough but, since I WAS A USER> ended the relationship or put it on hold till i go get detoxed.
    Within days im in with my suitcase i am a addict i told the nurse who welcomed me in.
    We talked. She stopped me and asked if she could
    Call my doctor i said yes of course.. get it over with im an addict.
    The nurse came back and i was sent home. Even if i am taking ativan long term i am the same person i was 20 + years ago. I am a person who is medicated because of panic caused by a awakening i went through that day while walking in the field behind my house. And not for the reason most would judge for.
    A good psychiatrist will know and tell you you are ahead of your time instead of calling you not normal because you simply cannot be fitted with the masses.
    A lot of so called addicts and crazy people are really misplaced artists and persons who want a life they chose not one that was chosen for them.
    I got to go now its Christmas . Take care and please be careful with your meds or other drugs you take as meds. Kendra

  22. I was wondering if I’m having a anxiety attack and I can’t wait for it to digest, is it safe to snort 1/2 of a. 5 possibly the whole pill to get immediate relief ? Not on a regular basis just as needed for attacks.

  23. My background: early 30s, very professional, in the “legal” field, make great $$ in big city with big condo yada yada yada. In college I binge drank all the time, occasional coke & obv marijuana. Since grad years ended I cut everything: drink once/wk (not even wine @ dinner), never coke but still occasional weed.

    Few months ago I came into hundreds on 2mg lorezapams. I figured I’d take some at night. This went on for 2.5 weeks, every night and sometimes more. I then read up on benzos and noticed they were addictive – hence me craving as soon as I came through the door by day 14.

    I quickly called a physician friend who said he rarely prescribed 0.5, let alone 2 and I have 2 choices: cold turkey or a ween off. Given I already do 2+ weeks of oversees I went cold turkey instead of drawing it out.

    It was the only time I withdrawal my whole life. I even smoked for 6 or 7 years and it didn’t touch this. The best I could equate it to was a vicious alcohol hangover prolonged for 3 days. Then 3-4 days of lousy sleep. Then headaches for a few days. Those initial 3 days were the worst I have ever experienced mentaly. I could just imagine what a long term user or opiate user experiences.

    Just wanted to write this for the minor recreational users out there that are not experienced with benzos. Dumped mine out.

  24. I take lorazepam for both IBS and a social anxiety disorder.In the past I have had no problem with taking it orally (if I needed a quicker uptake (for anxiety), I’d chew the pill before swallowing….pretty rare).
    Unfortunately I have developed gastroparesis (delayed stomach emptying) and now deal with significant nausea and vomiting. I can’t afford the sublingual lorazepam which would bypass my stomach. And I am not sure I qualify for injections. I was brought to this site when googling if it was even possible to nasally insufflate lorazepam.
    Thanks for outlining the risks in a non-judgmental way.
    Even knowing that I can do it, if i need to, helps me feel better.

  25. Chase- know this response is a little late but from what you said it sounds like you have a serious problem. Not to be judgmental, but if you keep upping your doses and combining meds and snorting, you’re probably getting closer and closer to OD-ing. I would highly suggest you talk to your doctor and let them know what’s up (there are patient confidentiality laws, so they can’t legally spill the beans on you) and if you don’t have a doctor it’s not super hard to find one these days. (Plus, I’m assuming you already have one to get your prescriptions? Otherwise how do you know for sure what you’re getting?) Take care, man, seriously.

  26. So if I’m wanting to take lorazepam for recreational use should I do it maybe snort 3-5 mg in one setting? I’ve never expiremented with anxiety medication but I’m well expirienced with things like morphine, OxyContin, and oxycodone all sorts of pain killers. Just this past day I snorted 12 mg of hydromorphone and 20 mg of OxyContin to even get me high. I usually mix morphine and OxyContin. I never pop anything though I always snort because my tolerance Is sky rocket. So question is is it a good idea to snort 3-5 mg of lorazepam also can you get high off of it?

  27. Hello Christine. What does your doctor say? Have you tried alternative sleeping aids like relaxative teas, hot baths, meditation, calming music?

  28. I use adivan 4-6 mg and Benadryl 4-6 pills each night. Only at night or I can’t sleep. I have been living this way for two years. In the two years I have gained 100lbs. The weight is upsetting but I need to sleep. HELP !!!!!

  29. Hello Angel. If you are not taking medications as prescribed, then it’s abuse. You are putting yourself at the risk of developing high tolerance, even dependence and then facing uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms once the meds are out. It’s a stress your organism doesn’t need, plus you are better off treating your condition throughout, then binging.

  30. I take two (2) lorazapam daily PO, well that’s what the prescription says. I find myself going through 60 with in a week then none and then I get 60 again. I don’t dr shop or get them other places and I only take them orally. What damage I doing by taking a lot and them stopping for 3 weekend them taking a lot?

  31. Hi Glenn. Thanks for being open and sharing about this difficult experience. I’d suggest that you call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 to report the incident and the symptoms you’re experiencing. The medical experts can then refer you to what needs to happen next. Best of luck!

  32. last night i did something very dumb and unusual for me… I drank alot of alcohol and took approx 20-24 .5 mg pills of lorazepam….seemed to have survived enourh to feel the guilt and shame of doing such…other than feeling nausious I think im ok..should i be more concerned?? i dont have health insurance so prefer to not go to er…

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