Dangers Of Injecting (Shooting) Xanax

All forms of unprescribed Xanax use are inherently dangerous, but some methods are riskier than others. Of all the ways you can take Xanax, injecting it has some of the most dangerous side effects.

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Dr. Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS


Due to its effects on the central nervous system, Xanax and other benzos like Ativan and Valium, can be habit-forming.

Xanax is the brand name of the benzodiazepine alprazolam. It is typically prescribed for anxiety disorders and panic disorders. However, misusing Xanax can lead to different methods of abuse.

In some cases, prescription drug addiction may lead to unconventional forms of use. For example, you can technically inject Xanax directly into the bloodstream. However, you should never attempt it.

Risks Of Shooting Xanax

When you crush Xanax and attempt to mix it with water, the Xanax will not dissolve. Attempting to inject this mixture will dramatically increase your risk of serious complications.

Upon injection, the Xanax particles can easily cause blockages, cutting off blood flow, and eventually leading to tissue death and the possibility of amputation.

This is just one of many additional risks associated with shooting Xanax.

Xanax Overdose

Xanax is specifically designed for oral use. Its slow-release delivery method is intended to work within your digestive system to prevent the drug from overloading your brain.

If you inject Xanax directly into your bloodstream, you greatly increase your risk of Xanax overdose.

If you or a loved one are experiencing extreme drowsiness, confusion, and loss of consciousness, then you need to get help.

Development Of Physical Dependence

If injecting Xanax does not immediately cause necrosis or an overdose, it will still dramatically increase the odds that you will develop a physical dependence on Xanax.

If you are physically dependent, you will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms whenever Xanax is not present in your system.


Regularly injecting drugs into your veins can cause permanent damage. At some point, you will have to start injecting directly into the muscle.

This type of injection greatly increases your risk of developing an abscess at the injection site.

An abscess is a collection of pus at the site of a bacterial infection. To prevent further harm, abscesses must be drained by medical professionals.

Infections Such As Hepatitis C

The risk of blood-borne infection is another factor that you should consider before injecting Xanax intravenously.

If you find yourself sharing needles, there is a high chance that you will eventually pick up a blood-borne illness like HIV/AIDs or Hepatitis C. Both could potentially kill you.

Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver. If you’re fortunate, it will only affect you for a short period of time, but more than 50% of those infected will develop a chronic infection.

These long-term cases can easily develop into cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure. All of these conditions can be fatal.

How Xanax Is Injected

Xanax can be injected by crushing up the oral pills and mixing it with water. The water can act as a part of the delivery system, but it cannot liquify the pill fragments.

The liquid/pill fragment mixture is then drawn up into a syringe. People may use a filter to reduce the number of larger fragments to slightly reduce the risk of necrosis, but there are still many risks that come with shooting Xanax.

When the mixture has been drawn into the syringe, it is ready for injection into the vein.

Is Xanax Injection More Risky Than Other Forms Of Abuse?

Yes, injecting Xanax is one of the most dangerous forms of Xanax abuse.

Harm reduction programs strongly suggest melting the crushed pill under your tongue rather than using an injection method.

To be clear, it is never safe to abuse Xanax.

This prescription drug is only considered safe when it is carefully monitored and dosed by a qualified physician.

However, if you are abusing Xanax, you should know that injecting it is a very dangerous choice.

Treatment Options For Xanax Addiction

One of the dangers of drug abuse is the fact that it’s never stagnant. Your drug addiction will slowly become more severe until you’re taking high doses in risky ways.

Fortunately, you can receive treatment for Xanax addiction before it endangers your life and your relationships with the people you love.

A quality treatment program will help you throughout your journey from detox to life beyond your addiction to prescription medications.

Find Substance Abuse Treatment At Bedrock Recovery Center

At Bedrock Recovery Center, we understand how difficult addiction can be.

Our addiction treatment programs are designed to help your body and mind fight addiction, and you will have scientifically backed support for as long as you need.

If you’re considering injecting Xanax due to your illicit prescription drug use, call our Massachusetts treatment center today.

  1. U.S. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a684001.html#overdose
  2. U.S. National Library of Medicine: PubMed https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12371123/#:~:text=Skin%20and%20soft%20tissue%20infections%20are%20the%20most%20common%20cause,directly%20into%20skin%20or%20muscle.
  3. Peer Based Harm Reduction https://harmreductionwa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/injecting-benzos.pdf

Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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