Poppers are liquid inhalant drugs that can induce an immediate high when inhaled. The effects of poppers onset rapidly and include dizziness, warm sensations, elevated heart rate, and headaches. Poppers have seen widespread recreational use.The drug can produce brief euphoric effects and act as a sex enhancer. They are sometimes marketed as deodorizers or leather cleaners, although people never use them for these purposes. Although intense, most of the euphoric effects subside quickly, typically within a few minutes.
Are Poppers Safe?The answer is no! These drugs are considered unsafe for humans to use. Inhaling poppers can cause irregular and accelerated heart rate. Taking the drug in this way can be life-threatening, and result in a syndrome known as “sudden sniffing death syndrome,” which is the most common cause of inhalant-related deaths. Also, the use of poppers can lead to other complications that have the potential to be lethal. The drug can cause a life-threatening condition in which the body produces too much methemoglobin, a substance found in red blood cells. Using poppers may also result in severe brain or eye damage. For example, research in animals has shown that chemicals in poppers may be toxic to the brain and impair learning and memory. It is also possible to induce temporary or permanent vision loss. This effect may occur because chemicals in the drugs cause retinal damage. Some experts suggest that the use of poppers may also lead to risky, impulsive sexual activity, thus increasing the chances of contracting blood-borne diseases such as HIV. In addition, research from 2017 linked long-term popper use in males who have sexual intercourse with other men to a higher risk of cancers related to viruses and sexually-transmitted infections. Some people combine poppers with erectile dysfunction drugs, such as Viagra. This behavior can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems, which can be fatal. Mixing poppers with alcohol is also dangerous and can lead to a profound decrease in blood pressure. Alcohol can increase the risk of unwanted effects, such as dizziness and lightheadedness.
What Are The Effects Of Poppers?People use poppers to experience pleasurable feelings or euphoria, but some have found the high to be uncomfortable and disorienting. They act mainly as vasodilators, meaning that they dilate blood vessels. Vasodilation can cause the following:
- Increased heart rate
- A sudden drop in blood pressure
- Flushed skin
- Warm bodily sensations