Smoking Valium | Effects & Risks

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS


While Valium can technically be smoked, it is exceptionally harsh. If a person were to smoke Valium, the high would take effect very quickly and dissipate at equal speed. The risks of smoking Valium include severe damage to the lungs.

Diazepam (brand name Valium) is a benzodiazepine prescription drug that’s used to treat those suffering from certain anxiety disorders and those with alcohol withdrawal symptoms. 

Benzodiazepines, or benzos, increase the activity of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain and depress the central nervous system (CNS), providing sedation. 

Those smoking Valium may experience harsh side effects of the drug and can ultimately cause damage to their health.

Effects Of Smoking Valium

The side effects of smoking Valium may range in severity depending on several factors such as how long a person has abused the drug or how much Valium a person has taken. To smoke Valium, the tablet must first be crushed into a powder.

Heightened Side Effects

When Valium is smoked, the common side effects of taking the prescription medication orally can be intensified, providing profound calming effects and feelings of euphoria to those who abuse the drug

Some of the common side effects of Valium which may be more pronounced when the drug is smoked consist of:

  • fatigue
  • nausea
  • blurred vision
  • dry mouth
  • muscle weakness
  • constipation
  • drowsiness

Severe side effects of participating in this form of Valium abuse may include damage to lung health such as frequent lung infections. Additionally, those who smoke Valium may experience more intense withdrawal symptoms and have an increased risk of overdose.

Dangers Of Smoking Valium

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states combining Valium with opioids can lead to serious issues such as respiratory depression. Those with a Valium addiction may turn to other drugs, including stimulants or certain antidepressants in search of achieving the desired high.

Combining medications in this way can lead to drug interactions. In addition to this, there are other dangers associated with smoking Valium.

Lung Damage

Smoking Valium proves to be a harsh substance on the lungs and throat. Those with certain conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or sleep apnea may want to avoid smoking such substances, as it can result in further breathing problems.

Frequent smoking of Valium can lead to lung infections and the decay of lung tissue. Additionally, sores may occur in the throat.

Valium Withdrawal

Some of the withdrawal symptoms associated with this form of substance abuse include:

  • ringing in ears
  • mental health problems including depression
  • cravings for Valium or other benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax)
  • muscle spasms
  • memory problems

Valium Overdose

A life-threatening overdose may occur when a person abuses Valium. Those who smoke the drug may inadvertently take higher doses than realized, leading to an unexpected overdose.

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Valium overdose symptoms can consist of:

  • fluctuations in heart rate
  • low blood pressure
  • hallucinations
  • seizures
  • confusion
  • loss of consciousness

If an overdose is suspected, don’t wait. Act immediately and contact 911 so emergency professionals can assist you or your loved one.

Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

For those of you struggling with prescription drug abuse, reach out to Ohio Recovery Center

At our rehab facility, we provide evidence-based treatment options like behavioral therapy, group counseling, support groups, aftercare, and personalized treatment programs.

To speak with our team of health professionals, please contact us today.

  1. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  2. Epilepsia
  3. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  4. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  5. National Library of Medicine: DailyMed
  6. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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