Let’s take a good look at the process of snorting Xanax. Xanax is a benzodiazepine prescribed to relieve severe anxiety that has a high risk for addiction if it is not taken according to instructions. Available in tablet or liquid form, Xanax tablets are increasingly being crushed and snorted by addicts who crave more immediate, heightened effects.
Snorting Xanax can lead to higher tolerance, quicker physical dependency on this powerful sedative and serious withdrawal effects that could be dangerous to the health of an addict.
What Happens When Someone Is Snorting Xanax?
Snorting Xanax (crushed tablets/bars) to get high on Xanax delivers the drug rapidly to your brain via the nasal cavity, into the blood stream and onto the brain. Instead of being processed through your digestive system, snorted Xanax essentially goes right to your opioid brain receptors. In fact, snorting Xanax triples the sensation of euphoria and sedation within several minutes of taking the drug. Unfortunately for addicts, the Xanax “high” achieved by snorting it does not last as long as the high achieved when swallowing tablets whole. This is why snorting Xanax increases the risk of quickly developing tolerance to its effects and the need to take larger amounts more often.
Snorting Xanax makes you feel extremely sedated, and it can cause some of the following;
- Joint aches and pains
- Slowed heart and breathing rates
- Possible visual hallucinations (when the amount snorted borders on an overdose)
- Suicide ideation
- Loss of consciousness
- Shock/stopped breathing/coma
Physical dangers of snorting Xanax regularly are similar to the physical harm caused by snorting cocaine. These include frequent nosebleeds due to erosion of nasal cavity tissues, throat irritation/ulcers and development of seizures in long-term Xanax addictions. Users severely addicted to Xanax could permanently lose feeling in their throat, in their nose and around their nose. Inadvertently swallowing small amounts of crushed Xanax tablets while snorting the drug over a long period can also produce serious gastrointestinal irritation, bleeding ulcers and esophageal erosion.
Withdrawal Symptoms From Snorting Xanax
People addicted to snorting Xanax will suffer withdrawal symptoms more severe than those who swallow Xanax tablets whole. This is because the brain receives the drug in its pure form instead of in a slightly diluted form following digestion and dispersion into the bloodstream.
Xanax abusers who snort Xanax and abruptly stop can expect to experience the following withdrawal symptoms within a short time, often within several hours of abstinence:
- Anxiety/panic/extreme irritability
- Uncontrollable trembling/muscle tremors
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heart palpitations/arrhythmia
- Joint/muscle pain and stiffness
- Chills and fever
- Hallucinations/psychotic episodes
- Dangerous suppression of breathing/heart rate
Abruptly Quitting Snorting Xanax
Anyone who snorts Xanax should not attempt to stop “cold turkey”. Detoxification should be completed in a medically supervised environment, followed by supportive care and individual counseling to help addicts deal with their addiction successfully and avoid relapse.
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