Warnings: May be fatal if swallowed. Skin irritant and severe eye irritant. Highly flammable. Note that poppers is addictive. NEVER for personal use/abuse.
Effects and side effects:
People typically use poppers for a pleasurable feeling of intoxication or euphoria, but some find the experience unpleasant and disorientating. Poppers may relax the muscles around the anus. Some people report that using poppers enhances their pleasure from anal sex. However, it can also reduce the ability to get an erection.
Poppers primarily act as a vasodilator, which means that they expand the blood vessels. Having dilated blood vessels can cause:
- a sudden drop in blood pressure (too low, may cause fainting or a loss of consciousness)
- an increased heart rate
- light headedness
- unwanted warm sensations throughout the body
Poppers may cause other unwanted effects, such as:
Headaches: As poppers cause the blood vessels in the brain to dilate, headaches may result. They can vary in intensity and may persist after the euphoric effects wear off.
Respiratory reactions: Inhaling strong chemicals, such as poppers, can affect breathing and other functions of the respiratory tract, leading to sinus problems and wheezing.
Crusty skin lesions: These typically occur around the nose, lips, and other areas exposed to amyl nitrite fumes.
Allergic reactions: Scented poppers can cause problems for people who are allergic to certain fragrant chemicals.
Pressure in the eyes: Amyl nitrite can increase the levels of fluid in the eyes, causing intraocular pressure. This can be dangerous for people who have, or are at risk of, the eye disorder glaucoma.
Other adverse reactions include chest pains, nausea, loss of coordination, and nosebleeds.