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Xanax (Alprazolam) – What Is The Safest Way To Take It?

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Xanax is a frequently prescribed substance used to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks. But what is unclear to many people, is the best way to take Xanax for the medication to be effective in treating conditions it was prescribed for.

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Snorting Xanax vs. Taking it Orally

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Some users may snort Alprazolam, and this method is not medically recommended. People abuse the drug in this way to get stronger, more intense, and faster effects. Snorting Xanax increase the risks of side effects, overdose, and may be extremely dangerous for health. Abusers may not have to deal with the unpleasant taste, but they still will have to deal with uncomfortable sneezing, and the remainder of the substance stuck in nose afterward.

A medically approved way of taking Xanax is eating it. According to the US National Library Of Medicine, Xanax may also be taken sublingually, as well as in the form of a liquid that is swallowed similarly to the tablet form.
One of the benefits of eating or swallowing, rather than snorting Alprazolam, is that it can be taken in the form of an extended-release tablet. This means the effects of the drug last longer and also ensures tolerance builds up far slower. In addition to that, it is much safer than snorting. It is recommended to take the tablet with a drink to wash it down and to deal with an unpleasant taste.

Snorting Xanax may cause mucosal damage, develop an addiction and lead to overdose. It’s highly recommended to take Xanax orally only and to stick on prescribed doses.

What are the Dangers of Smoking Xanax?

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Another way to abuse Xanax is to smoke it. Some users reported that they had tried to smoke the Xanax by using tin foil or mixing with Marijuana. This is known to cause users to be drowsy and less coordinated. It is also quite dangerous due to both drugs, Xanax, and weed, being central nervous system depressants. This may exaggerate the effects of Xanax and make overdose much more likely.
Smoking Xanax in a blunt or on the tin foil can lead to effects lessening due to some of the drug being burnt up. This can lead to users taking more of the drug to get the same high, which is dangerous. Furthermore, one will be breathing in fillers, which can be very bad for health in both short and long-term scenarios.

Do not try to smoke Xanax alone or with other substances, as it may cause lung damage, and the danger interactions may appear. Xanax should only be used as a prescribed.

Safe Way to Take Xanax

The safest way to take Xanax is exactly how a doctor prescribes, which is always be oral. One should also not exceed the recommended Xanax dosage as it might cause an overdose. Alprazolam is a fast impact drug, so it will not take a long time to drug start acting in the body.

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Medically Reviewed By Michael Espelin APRN
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About Author

Nena Messina, Ph.D.

Nena Messina is a specialist in drug-related domestic violence. She devoted her life to the study of the connection between crime, mental health, and substance abuse. Apart from her work as management at addiction center, Nena regularly takes part in the educational program as a lecturer.


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  • Danny
    I was on 1 mg 4 times a day and did never abuse them. I did abuse pain meds because a bunch of serious injuries I have had. I have panic attacks and very high anxiety. That being said, now because I have major chronic pain I am not aloud to have Xanax after over 14 years of taking them with pain meds for years and never had any side effects at all. To me it’s just southerner way for the government to control everyone’s life. Even though they are not doctors. They tell the doctors how to do their jobs they went to college for. Our government to me are communists.
    • Brandon
      I took Xanax and Soma together one time and within 15 min of taking them went into convulsions and had to be rushed to the ER. So I’m guessing it depends on the pain pill. I know Soma is not an opiod as they mention but to be safe I would agree with the general statement
      • M
        These are the kind comments that cause people like myself that really need this medication and harder to obtain. Please leave your unreasonable remarks, experiences and opinion to your self
  • Anthony
    I still say the instantaneous way is the best way. It might be shorter but then that’s when you purchase more or don’t buy them at all. Or if you get the the legal way which is always the best way and (Cheaper Way)! Then you might wanna snort only half and the other half male it last by letting it dissolve Under ur tongue and you will learn to love the taste. And go from there. But if you take them the way you are prescribed then ur better then most of us. Cause it’s damn hard to take as it says to on the bottle. Please call for help if you need it!!!
  • Daniel
    I take 1mg Xanax 3x a day and I still have bad anxiety it helps with my panic attacks when I have them but 3 hours later I’m haven another panic attack and I take a pill I’m still on flight or fight mode I’m tippy toeing I believe I need to get on a higher does bc my body is building a tolerance or something for my anxiety not just for my panic attacks bc that’s all it’s doin is helping that buy I’m the first to months I was ok it’s just getting worse and I’ve told my doctor 3x already nothing has changed please what can I do ? Getting off is not an option so what can I Do to get a higher dose I have 4-6 panic attacks a day and it’s intense with an anxiety 24/7 the Xanax I don’t abuse so there fore should I find another doctor who will help me instead of the one who is prescribing me only 3 a day??? Please help?
    • M
      I’ve been taking Xanax for over 20 years. After the doctor switching me and trying every other source of benzo. He finally wrote for 2mg ER 1 twice a day. I have to say it has pushed back all that you have explained. I’m now comfortable and without that feeling of total caos
  • Nancy
    I am trying to get off Xanax but I keep getting very anxious and shaky. I can’t sleep and I don’t know what to do! Can you please give me some information on how to get off of it in a good way?