Many people wonder: “How could snorting a drug be so much riskier than swallowing it? It’s entering my body either way.” Altering the route of administration changes how drugs affect the body and brain.


Xanax (alprazolam) has a high dependency rate even when taken orally. Snorting Xanax significantly increases your chances of developing a physical dependency. This route of administration delivers the active ingredients to the brain much faster, triggering a sharp, euphoric high. When you snort Xanax, you’re meddling with the mechanisms through which your brain regulates mood—which can lead to a range of withdrawal symptoms if the user stops taking Xanax. These include:


  • aches and pains
  • depressed heart rate
  • dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea
  • hallucinations
  • irritability
  • attention and memory problems
  • short breath


Signs of Xanax overdose include:


–        change in movement

–        confusion

–        difficulty speaking

–        loss of consciousness

–        slowed heart rate

–        shallow breathing.


When snorted, the side effects of Xanax can take effect suddenly and without warning. This makes them even more dangerous than when the drug is misused orally. Addicts may experience


  • depression
  • suicidal thoughts
  • impaired coordination
  • impaired judgment.

No physician will ever recommend snorting Xanax (or any medication, for that matter). If you feel that snorting Xanax is the only way you can get relief from your anxiety symptoms, talk to your doctor about the problem. Don’t be afraid of your Xanax prescription being revoked. Whatever decisions are made in altering your anxiety treatment will serve to give you long-term, healthy relief. This will benefit you far more than the vicious cycle in which you are currently stuck.