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What Are Poppers?

What are Poppers?


  • Amyl Nitrite
  • Butyl Nitrite
  • Isobutyl Nitrite
  • Rush
  • Stud
  • Locker Room
  • Liquid Gold
  • TNT


How do people take poppers?

It may surprise you to know that under the Medicines Act 1968 supply of poppers is an offence but possession and use of poppers are legal. Poppers are commonly sold in little brown bottles and are highly flammable. Poppers have a very distinctive and strong solvent smell.

Poppers are usually inhaled straight from the bottle by capping the hand around the bottle or from an absorbent material such as a cloth or a sleeve. One of the most common chemicals in the poppers group is Amyl Nitrite and was originally used in the treatment for angina (a heart condition).

The effects of Poppers

These chemicals are what is called potent vasodilators, in other words, they expand the blood vessels, which has the immediate effect of lowering the blood pressure. When using poppers, you will experience a head rush which comes on almost immediately after sniffing them and can last a couple of minutes. This rush or high is caused by the body’s blood vessels dilating (opening) and blood rushing to the brain.

Poppers are often used during sex as they are believed to enhance orgasm and have been reported to increase the size of a man’s erection for a few minutes after sniffing the drug. But for some men, it’s the opposite, and they have trouble getting an erection after sniffing them.

What are the dangers?

Once the initial rush is over however you will experience; headaches which if you have used heavily can last a few days. Other reported side effects include hot flushes rashes, in particular around the nose and lips, dizziness, nausea, and damage to the cheeks and face due to chemical burns from the poppers. These side effects will disappear after use of the drug stops although recovery may take a few days after heavy use. Be warned if you spill poppers on your skin or to drink them will burn you severely.

Ongoing abuse of amyl nitrate can also cause long-term harm, including brain damage, heart disease, liver damage, and kidney failure. Permanent hearing loss; damage to bone marrow, impacting blood and immune system health; permanently slurred speech; and chronic physical tremors.

Poppers are highly flammable so obviously keep them away from any naked flames such as cigarettes, joints, fires, matches, lighters, and candles etc. It is important to note too that you must try to avoid constantly inhaling or mixing with other drugs, in particular alcohol. Mixing with alcohol will cause tremendous stress to the body’s vital organs.

It’s useful to know also that if you have low blood pressure, heart trouble or have had a stroke do not use poppers – they will make your condition severely worse and could actually kill you.

Is it dangerous to mix with other drugs?

Yes, any time you mix drugs together you take on new risks. Things that affect your risk include the type of drug, the strength and how much you take.

Mixing poppers with alcohol can increase the risk of reducing the oxygen supply to vital organs, unconsciousness and death.

Mixing poppers with Viagra or other erectile dysfunction medication is dangerous as they all affect blood pressure

Can you get addicted?

There’s no evidence to suggest that poppers are physically or psychologically addictive.

If you think you or your friend has a problem or is abusing poppers, contact Rehab Guide today to inquire about help and advice.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab London



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