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Poppers: Poppers are inhalants which contain alkyl nitrites. They have been used recreationally & have led to headaches, head pressure, dizziness, passing out, increased heart rate, nausea, shortness of breath, hearing loss, flushing, restlessness & brain damage. With overdose, a person could die. ...Read more
Is it "safe" to use asmall amount poppers as an way to avoid the vasoconstrictive effects of cocaiine?
Depends: If you are prescribed them for angina pectoris (cardiac chest pain) by a doctor who knows your history, and you use them correctly, they are quite safe, although they can cause headache, low blood pressure, fainting and other problems. If you are using it "recreationally," esp for sex, that is a whole other ballgame, and it is NOT safe. Heavy use can result in methemoglobinemia which can be lethal ...Read more
They're not ingested: but are inhaled nasally, but they are not recommended unless prescribed for you, generally for heart pain (angina). They cause low blood pressure and severe headache, fainting and, in some people, more serious problems. They are frequently used in gay sex for reduce rectal muscle tone and as an orgasmic "enhancer." They aren't good for you, particularly unprotected sex, hep B, HIV and STDs. ...Read more
Not normally: But large doses of poppers (a variety of different kinds of nitrites) can cause a condition where blood oxygen levels are reduced called methemoglobinemia. If this happens, chronically low oxygen levels can cause problems. However, this usually only occurs in overdoses of poppers. However, they are not healthy, particularly when used for excessive and compulsive sex activity in men. ...Read more
Could using poppers cause or contribute to retrograde ejaculation..Aka delayed ejaculation in men?
Not aware of this: Retrograde ejaculation is usually the result of some neurological disorder, particularly diabetes, but also tumors that infiltrate the nerves like prostate or lymphoma. The use of poppers together with drugs like viagra (sildenafil) and Cialis can result in low blood pressure with fainting, and rarely problems with hearing and sight. Poppers promote unhealthy hypersexuality and are not the best thing for you. ...Read more
No: poppers are not safe to inhale PERIOD! I am very concerned about their widespread use, and I have seen many severe complications, including a condition called methemoglobinemia which can cause profoundly low oxygen saturation causing tissue damage - including brain damage. It can profoundly lower blood pressure, and if you are on BP meds, can do that even more, causing a shock syndrome. ...Read more