IRFANA PARVEEN
By Irfana Parveen

B.Sc (Psychiatry Ward)

19 January 2023
Medically reviewed by
Cyndy Kee
M.D.
Can You Snort Valium
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Anxiety is a commonly existing condition; most people are going through it. It is a mental illness caused by excessive feelings and worries. However, people will feel low self-esteem, lack of interest, not talking to anyone, irritability, and being alone. This makes the condition worse.

Anxiety disorders are often related to other mental disturbances: depression, alcohol use, and other physical illnesses. Even though Anxiety is widely prevalent, it is treatable with proper medical care. Everyone faces fear once in a while, So you don't need to feel very stressed and low. Because it will cause you to trigger your Anxiety more; with proper treatment, everything tends to be in control and relieves you from unwanted effects. 

When compared with men, women are most affected by Anxiety. In the United States, 19.1% are affected by stress. Now let us know about the drug Valium, an Anxiety medication. Will snorting the drug be helpful or not? 

What Is Valium?

Valium is a drug used for the treatment of Anxiety disorder. It belongs to the benzodiazepines class and works as a sedative, anticonvulsant, anxiolytic, and muscle-relaxing agent. 

The US food and drug administration temporarily approved the drug to relieve Anxiety. Diazepam is the generic name for Valium. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a condition that it should not be used in children younger than six months. 

How Does Valium Work?

Valium helps to lower Anxiety and stress levels by acting as a central nervous depressant, and it interacts with the chemical known as Gamma-aminobutyric acid GABA in the body. It is a neurotransmitter produced naturally in the body to cope with stress management Anxiety to provide soothing effects. 

The drug Valium helps to increase the GABA receptor, which will help in everyday thinking and memory functions and repair motor reflexes. It can also cause you to suffer from dependence on the drug daily, so it is advised to use only for a short period. 

Using the medicine for an extended period leads to becoming tolerant and abusive. More than four weeks of use is not recommended if your doctor prescribes it; use with a reduced dose. Valium is a controlled substance and is not to be taken without the instructions of a licensed doctor. 

Can You Snort Valium?

Valium is an oral drug. It should not mean to be snorted when you take an oral dose. The drug rate of absorption is altered in your system when taking medication. But snorting Valium will be a dangerous effect, 

This is because it leads the drug into absorption retention more than expected, and it will develop overdose symptoms of shallow breathing, weak pulse, coma, or even death. Using the drug valium powder by inhaling through the nose also increases the severe adverse reactions to the health.

Will You Get High Faster After Snorting Valium?

Yes, snorting the Valium will result in intense, faster effects. That's why it is prevalent, mainly due to the abuse. Valium snorting will take a short time to act on the CNS. Instead of breaking through the digestive tract.

It travels through the nasal passages and crosses the brain-blood barrier early after the snorting drug. The effect of valium snorting is only for a few minutes due to the higher concentrations in the brain, and it also produces adverse side effects.

Yes, Valium works by calming your brain, which produces sleepiness, so it is used in the treatment of Anxiety disorders. Valium promotes sleep and helps with insomnia.
The group of benzodiazepine drugs will work effectively to reduce the central nervous depressant and promote a burst of energy and alertness.
When you have a 5mg dose for Anxiety, you probably start to feel better within a few hours, and it takes a week to feel the full effects.

Why Do People Snort Valium?

Some people will feel the effect faster when they snort the drug instead of taking it orally. The results will be higher, but researchers said this might be due to the placebo effect. So snorting Valium may or may not allow the drug to break down correctly. 

Moreover, the drug is partially effective in water-soluble and fat-soluble. When a person snorts the drug, some may be absorbed through the nasal substance, but it will not break down through the liver via not appropriately digested in the stomach. 

Dangers Of Snorting Valium

The quickest way to introduce the drug into the bloodstream is by snorting the Valium. It also has a severe and dangerous effect of use. It leads to a drug overdose. The National Institute on drug abuse states that in the United States, more than 10,000 people are affected by overdoses due to the drug.

In 2016, benzodiazepines drug overdose and even death occurred in spike amounts. The group of overdose appears in benzodiazepines class such as opioids, and alcohol, which both are central nervous depressant agents.  

Valium And Smoking

Technically, Valium can be smoked, but it will heat the chemical inside the pills, causing the changes. When diazepam ingredients are heated, the temperature will also rise and make you highly ineffective. Valium can be crushed, snorted, or injected in dissolved water. It produces a calming effect on the brain. 

When you smoke Valium, there will be severe unwanted effects, including withdrawal symptoms. It makes you feel the drastic changes and heavy feelings impact your life. 
Some of the effects, like,

  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Low blood pressure
  • loss of concentration
  • Loss of coordination

Dangers of Smoking Valium

When the drug valium is smoked, it is often mixed with other substances such as marijuana, heroin, and cocaine. It will increase the life-threatening conditions due to the overdose. Valium smoking will negatively impact your respiratory system health and spread possible lung infections, including pneumonia or bronchitis. A person with chronic cough has other side effects of smoking valium. 

Smoking drugs can undoubtedly increase the types of cancers and affect the immune system, allowing infection to cause illness and diseases. 

In a short period of smoking, Valium affects the person's thinking ability and makes it challenging to finish the task. Therefore, smoking valium makes the drug go quickly while taking it by mouth. This applies to all the possible risk factors to occur.

What Are The Effects Of Snorting Valium?

Snorting Valium is not suitable for your health. It will increase the adverse side effects on your health. It is effective in therapeutic and euphoric impact but is not the recommended mode of administration of the drug. It will increase the side effects, addiction, and overdose symptoms. 

The most common side effects when you are snorting Valium will be seen or listed below, such as 

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of concentration 
  • Difficulty in breath
  • Overdose
  • Ulceration
  • Seizure
  • Tremors

What If You Overdose On Valium?

When a person uses the drug more than prescribed or takes it with other unwanted combinations of drugs, it increases the risk of overdose. Overdose symptoms can also be seen when a person suddenly stops using benzodiazepine drugs and starts using them again. 

Therefore the typical range of drug processes in the body due to the tolerance to the drug results in an overdose. When a person snorts Valium, an overdose is more likely. Snorting the valium effect will pass through quickly, and the feeling of well-being will also quickly in oral ingestion.

Hence snorted Valium is not processed in the way of the liver effectively. The person takes more drugs to feel the same effect; it is impossible for it will become overwhelming and challenging to process the excess substances. Some overdose symptoms are Dizziness, drowsiness, difficulties, stopped breathing, loss of coordination, blurred vision, depression, tremors, and Nausea. 

Side Effects And Withdrawals Of Valium

If you face any allergic reaction to the drug ingredients, like

  • Difficulty breathing or 
  • Swelling on the face or lips.

Inform the doctor if they have any changes in their mood or behavior because the drug will make you

  • Depression 
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of coordination 

after stopping the medication, if you face any sometimes like 

  • unusual movements 
  • over talkative 
  • changes in mood and behavior
  • hallucination
  • suicidal thoughts 

These are the withdrawal symptoms. It will last up to 12 months or longer if you inform your doctor if you have ongoing symptoms and it is struggling. A doctor will advise you to overcome the withdrawal side effect. 

Is Valium Addictive?

Valium can develop an addiction, a medical issue characterized by substance use with uncontrolled adverse effects, such as health issues. Drugs like benzodiazepines also lead to tolerance; taking them at a higher dose causes dependence on the drug. 

Typically using it for more extended periods, the drug should be used only for four months. Reliance on the pill is when your body becomes a habit of drug forming, and suddenly you stop the medication, your body finds it difficult to adapt to it. The dependence is more likely to occur when used in a higher dosage. 

Signs of the addictiveness of Valium are,

  • Using it in higher dosages and frequently
  • Habit forming to the drug.
  • Cravings for the drug with a solid desire
  • not to focus on work, school, or home due to substance use.
  • Experiencing withdrawal syndromes.

What Are The Precautions Of Valium?

Before taking the drug, discuss with your doctor your health history, such
if you have any 

  • Severe breathing problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Narrow-angle glaucoma
  • Severe liver disease
  • kidney disease 
  • Seizure disorder
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Depression
  • Mood disorder
  • Any suicidal thoughts
  • It would help if you did not use it while breastfeeding, as It will harm your newborn.
  • Do not use the drug during your pregnancy. It will cause life-threatening conditions to the fetus; discuss it with your doctor before using it. 

Bottom Line From Practical Anxiety Solutions

So far now, You might have known about Valium and snorting. Valium is a prescription drug used in the treatment of Anxiety and panic disorder and also used in alcohol withdrawal. It helps to increase the natural chemical substance in your brain region, producing a mild effect and relaxation. 

But some people tend to snort the drug, which means inhaling through the nasal, and it will reach the bloodstream more quickly and works immediately, but you have to know the other side effects while snorting; the drug is not absorbed thoroughly via the digestive tract it will lead to severe overdose symptoms which are life-threatening conditions. 

So you have to discuss it with your doctor before consuming any drug and the mode of taking the pills. 

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