What’s the Problem with Snorting Ambien?

Snorting Ambien to get high can cause potential problems for a person physically. Learn more about what happens when Ambien goes into the system and when the drug is snorted.

What is Being Snorted

Ambien contains zolpidem and is used to treat insomnia or for those who cannot fall asleep. Ambien stays in the system for a few days and comes as both a regular or extended-release tablet. In addition to the active ingredient zolpidem, Ambien contains the following other inactive ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, potassium bitartrate, red ferric oxide and coloring agents, among others.

Snorting for a High

Snorting Ambien lets zolpidem get into the bloodstream rapidly through the nasal tissues. This is dangerous because the drug is absorbed in higher amounts than would normally enter the bloodstream all at once. A large dose can result in overdose, resulting in low blood pressure, slowed breathing and potential death. Even when a person does not overdose, snorting raises the risk of serious side effects.

Snorting Ambien and the Body

Ambien works by slowing the brain down, causing drowsiness. It can have psychoactive effects if taken other than prescribed. Possible psychoactive effects of snorting Ambien include hallucinations, but it may cause trouble concentrating, focusing and with coordination. Even when taken as prescribed, Ambien may cause memory loss if it’s taken without a full 7-8 hours sleep.

Side Effects

Oral Ambien usually causes drowsiness and dizziness. Ambien can cause sleepwalking and even carrying out daily activities during sleep. This may range from driving, to cooking or initiating sexual encounters.  Severe side effects are rare but may occur when medication is not taken as prescribed including the following issues:

  • Blurred vision
  • Chest pain
  • Mood or mental health changes
  • Slowed breathing or heartbeat
  • Vomiting

Safe Use

Ambien can be used mostly safely but it is best if done when taking lower doses with immediate-release tablets nasally rather than with extended-release tablets. The FDA recommends no more than 12.5 mg of Ambien per day for a person to feel the positive effects and avoid negative repercussions.

The Villa provides support and help for individuals with addiction to Ambien or other prescription drugs. Call us to find out what we can do to help you get on the path to recovery from substance abuse.