Melatonin is a neurohormone that is secreted by the pineal gland. Naturally occurring in the body, it helps to regulate sleep and circadian rhythms with daytime and nighttime cycles. It is most commonly purchased over the counter in pill form.
Melatonin may be used to ease withdrawal symptoms from nicotine and benzodiazepines. Because of its secondary use in the easing of negative withdrawal effects, some people may choose to intake melatonin nasally by snorting, also called insufflation.
Why Would A Person Snort Melatonin?
A person might snort melatonin if they were using it to treat anxiety, depression, or symptoms associated with benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms or detoxification.
While melatonin does have some positive association with the treatment of anxiety before surgery, it is not a commonly recommended or prescribed sleep medication.
Snorting a drug carries the perception of faster uptake and more intense effects. A person that previously abused drugs or understands that crushing a pill will make it work “better” or faster might believe that snorting melatonin will increase the onset of effects.
In truth, snorting melatonin is harmful to the body and cannot be proven as a known method to achieve any desired effects. It is most effectively taken sublingually or in pill form. People that decide to snort melatonin may take it in conjunction with other sedatives or central nervous system depressants, which can have dangerous results.
Effects Of Snorting Crushed Up Melatonin Pills
People that snort drugs may experience negative side effects over the long-term. Snorting melatonin, though an ineffective method of intake relative to safe alternatives, may produce very unpleasant physical effects due to the introduction of foreign substances into the nasal cavity.
Physical side effects of snorting crushed up melatonin may include:
- trouble swallowing
- throat damage
- ear pain
- facial swelling and pain
- nose bleeds
- damage to the nasal cavity and septum
- damage to nasal passages
- nasal congestion
- constantly runny nose
- oral ulcers
- trouble speaking
Is Melatonin Addictive?
Melatonin is not known to be addictive or cause dependence or withdrawal symptoms. This is why it is considered preferable to many prescription sleep aids.
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People regard melatonin positively because there are very few negative effects when used appropriately, especially since it doesn’t create a tolerance or sleep “hangover” in people. It does not require a more substantial dose to be used later on for the same effects to be achieved.
While melatonin can be used safely in a regulated manner, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate these pills as strenuously as over-the-counter medications. Melatonin use, especially as a self-medication or recreational substance, can still have negative side effects.
Getting Help For Drug Addiction And Abuse
If you or a family member uses drugs or supplements through unsafe methods like snorting, then it could be the sign of a larger substance use disorder. Melatonin is not safe to take nasally, and its use with other drugs can have severe consequences.
Taking risks with drugs and supplements can lead to other problems in work and social relationships. If you recognize concerning behavior, give us a call. We have trained drug addiction and abuse specialists equipped to answer your questions and give you treatment options.
From inpatient rehab and detox to outpatient therapy, there is a full range of treatment options that can address your needs. Call now for more information.
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- Medscape – Melatonin
- World Journal of Psychiatry – Melatonin in drug addiction and addiction management: Exploring an evolving multidimensional relationship