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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