What are poppers?

Poppers are the street term for various alkyl nitrites taken for recreational purposes through direct inhalation, particularly amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite, isopropyl nitrite and isobutyl nitrite. Poppers are often used as a club drug or to enhance sexual pleasure.

What are the effects of poppers?

Inhaling nitrites relaxes smooth muscles throughout the body, including the sphincter muscles of the anus and the vagina. Smooth muscle surrounds the body’s blood vessels and when relaxed causes these vessels to dilate resulting in an immediate increase in heart rate and blood flow throughout the body, producing a sensation of heat and excitement. The effects usually last about 30 seconds to 1 minute, but no more than 2 minutes. Side effects usually include headaches, nausea, coughing and dizziness. Sometimes use of poppers can result in loss of consciousness.

Are poppers addictive?

Although poppers are not physically addictive, some people can develop a psychological addiction to poppers, feeling that they can’t have sex unless they use them. 

What are the risks associated with poppers?

Popper use can be dangerous or even fatal if you are on anti-depressants, or heart-disease or blood-pressure medication. You should not use them if you are anemic or suffer from glaucoma. In fact, poppers used in combination with any other drug can be life threatening. Poppers also lower your immune system response for days following use, so it can increase your chances of being infected with HIV and other STDs.

Using Viagra and poppers together is extremely dangerous. Both drugs dilate your blood vessels causing your blood pressure to drop so low that your brain and heart can’t get enough oxygen to function.

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