Snorting Valium

Is snorting Valium effective? Does it get you high? What risks and dangers are present when you snort Valium and can they be avoided? More on snorting Valium effects here.

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If you’re thinking about snorting Valium, you should know what to expect.

We do not endorse snorting any prescription drug. However, we hope that the information provided below can help reduce possible harm, or make you think twice about snorting Valium narcotic. Learn what happens in the body while snorting Valium to get high, as well as the dangers and safety concerns of snorting Valium. Then, leave us your questions about snorting Valium at the end of this article, and will try to answer all legitimate questions with a personal reply ASAP.

Valium: What are you really snorting?

Valium is used to relieve anxiety, Valium used as a muscle relaxer can treat muscle spasms and seizures. Sometimes Valium is also used to help control alcohol withdrawal in recovering alcoholics. Valium is considered a heavy benzodiazipine and contains the medication diazepam. It’s available as a tablet, extended release capsule, and a liquid. In addition to the active ingredient diazepam, Valium also contains inactive ingredients such as anhydrous lactose, corn starch, pregelatinized starch and calcium stearate. Different dosages of Valium can also include dyes.

Snorting Valium vs. oral

Valium is not meant to be snorted. Oral doses of Valium have a known rate of absorption which is altered when the medication is taken differently. Snorting Valium can be dangerous, because it causes the drug to be absorbed in higher amounts than expected. An overdose on Valium causes shallow breathing, clammy skin, weak pulse, and possible coma or death. Inhaling Valium powder through the nose also greatly increases the frequency of serious adverse reactions to Valium.

Snorting Valium to get high

Valium is intended to be taken orally, but sometimes people will crush the pills and snort the powder to get high. Valium 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. However, snorting Valium puts you at a bigger risk with higher doses and the extended-release tablet.

How does snorting Valium affect the body?

Valium affects the central nervous system. Common, minor side effects of oral doses of Valium can be more intense when Valium is snorted and can include:

  • changes in appetite
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • nausea
  • tiredness
  • weakness

Snorting Valium side effects

Severe side effects from Valium are rare when taken in normal doses, as prescribed by a doctor. However, the risk of serious adverse side effects increases when you snort Valium. Possible reactions and side effects to snorting Valium include:

  • difficulty breathing
  • difficulty swallowing
  • inability to sit still
  • irregular heartbeat
  • seizures
  • tremors

Snorting Valium dangers

Snorting Valium can have serious risks. Your coordination and concentration may be impaired, putting you at greater risk of accidents, both in a motor vehicle or when you work with heavy machinery. Snorting any drug can also damage your nasal passages and potentially spread disease. Spreading disease is more likely when you share straws or snorting instruments.

Because of the large, immediate doses of Valium delivered by inhaling crushed powder, this mode of administration also increases your risk of addiction and dependence. If you feel that you need help coping with your increasing need for Valium and would like quit, you should consider talking with a doctor or entering a tranquilizer addiction treatment program to get help, quit Valium for good, and build an addiction-free life.

Of course, the biggest risk of snorting Valium is overdose.

Snorting Valium safely

It’s not possible to snort Valium safely, nor do we endorse snorting prescription drugs at all. However, there are some things that you should know to reduce possible harm if you decide to snort Valium. The extended release version of Valium should not be snorted at all – the medication is intended to be absorbed slowly by the body, and it’s not safe to release it all by crushing the pills. Higher doses of the medication are also more risky. In general, it is dangerous for more than 5 mg of Valium to enter the bloodstream in one minute, so only very small amounts are safe to take this way, and even then, there’s still the risk of accidental overdose.

Snorting Valium questions

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

Reference Sources: Hazardous Substances Data Bank: Diazepam
PubMed Health: Diazepam
NHTSA: Drugs and Human Performance Fact Sheets for diazepam
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. A dear friend is doing this and I am corcerned as it is affecting him with work and family life he is unware of the pain he is causing to family and friend although the know he is causing them pain . He wants stop but won’t come out about it I’m not sure whether or not to organise some kind of intervention as sometimes it makes it worst then better ??
    Just asking for advice on how to help the person in their current situation

  2. I am prescribed Valium 2mg and I was wondering what is all the ingredients in it I know it’s a diazepam but is there Coding in it as well

  3. I have a problem….I have been crushing hydrocodone.. valium.. Xanax and Flexeril together and snorting then mixed up for several months now and don’t wanna stop as taking them orally doesn’t help me but this way does……but I got to thinking today about it and was wondering the dangers that could happen even though nothing has happened to me yet and I have been doing it for about a year now twice a day and sometimes 3 times a day.

  4. Hi I’m perscriped xanax and oxy 10’s but use Valium and hydros when I run out I snort all my medications how much is too much

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

  5. Okay so i ha a herion addiction for a long time but just recently stopped but the urges drove me to strt snorting muscle relxers up to 8 a day ive been dpin it for about a month straight now, i tried to stop today and yes my nose was so badly stuffed up i couldnt breathe that didnt bother what bother me was this weird feelig in the back of my head it felt like it was a jolt shooting stright through my body down theough my finger tips i think its becuase im about to fall into a seizure wveytime but i start yellin. And i come back too i just took a muslce relxer becuase i was so scraed an now i feel better what do i do? Im freaking out should i slowly take muscle relxers through the mouth for the next few days and not snort it??

  6. Hello,
    I’ve learned recently that someone was snorting Valium. This is a young man with known marijuana use for years. Age from 15- 23 daily. Other recreational drugs here and there. Because this came as a complete shock, my question is, when someone has this type of history, is it likely they will continue to use ? Thank you in advance.



    1. Hello Sara. Well, everything depends on the individual’s personality. If we considered your friend’s history of drug use, you should definitely talk with him, and give him some advice about the negative effects of snorting Valium. Snorting Valium is considered to be drug abuse, it’s illegal and can lead to dependence.

  7. Insufflating (snorting) diazepam is every ineffective. Diazepam is not very water soluble and will not dissolve on the mucous membranes in the nasal cavity, thus entering the bloodstream, in the same manor cocaine HCL or other salts do. Some of it will eventually drip down the throat and make it to the liver, but you will get much more of a high by simple swallowing the pills as intended.

  8. Why would someone be so stupid as to snort Valium? If you were trying to get a euphoric & relaxing feeling from it than just swallow it normally like everyone else. Diazepam & most Benzo’s for that matter (except for 1 or 2) aren’t very water soluble, so you’d just probably be wasting the tablet & leaving one of your nostrils feel very stingy..

  9. I was wondering how long it stays in your system if you snort it. I had a urine test today and I took one last night but I’m not supposed to take anything that’s not prescribed to me. I took the 5mg dan 5619 pill my husband had…..

  10. Valium doesn’t absorb faster when snorted. Most benzodiazapines are not water soluble. The bioavailibility is much higher orally.
    Basically this is impossible as it WILL NOT absorb in the nasal mucosa.
    It just drips down the back of users throats, and ends up being taken orally just the same.

  11. Hi Jenny. You can strategize an “intervention” with the help of a psychologist who is trained in addictions…or read up on how to prepare an informal intervention. The basics are that you present the person with what you know, and offer suggestions for what they can do to get help. You stick with the facts and encourage them to seek medical counsel.

  12. I was wondering of there was a way to bring this up to someone that does not know that I know they do this. I am scared for them because it is the extended realese ones they are snorting. They have a heart condition as well. Thank You.

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