How Long Do Poppers Effects Last?

How Long Do Poppers Effects Last?

“Poppers” is the term for a liquid chemical that’s sold in small bottles and is sniffed.

Other names for poppers include Amyls, Kix, Liquid Gold, Ram, Rock Hard, TNT, and Thrust. Poppers are made of amyl and butyl nitrite. The mixture is called poppers because of the popping noises that the caps make when the bottles are opened. Sniffing poppers produces a rush of euphoria as well as increased sex drive and a head-rush. Additional side effects of using poppers are not as pleasurable. If you’ve never heard of this drug, then you may be wondering what they do or, “how long do poppers' effects last?” Banyan Treatment Centers Philadelphia lays it all out.

How Do Poppers Work?

What are poppers, and what do they do? Poppers are bottles of a chemical called alkyl nitrites, which are short-lasting drugs that produce a head-rush, euphoria, and muscle relaxation. These liquids produce vapors that are inhaled, hence the term “sniffing poppers.” Amyl nitrite, the first of this drug class, was made in 1844 and used to help relieve angina (chest pains). Widespread recreational use of amyl nitrite didn’t begin until the 1960s. Further restrictions on this drug use resulted in more variations, including isopropyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite, and butyl nitrite.

Poppers usually come in small bottles with colorful wrapping. The contents evaporate into a breathable vapor when opened at room temperature. Poppers are often sold as "room odorizers" to avoid legal detection. Poppers are illegal in the United States. They are also illegal in the United Kingdom under the Medicines Act of 1968. People use poppers by opening the bottle and inhaling the vapors through the nose or mouth. Some users also dip the end of a cigarette in poppers and inhale on it without lighting it, which is also dangerous because this chemical is highly flammable. This form of use can also be risky if the liquid itself is breathed into the lungs. Although many believe an amyl nitrite high is worth the risk of inhaling these harmful chemicals, we can assure you it’s not. Poppers' side effects can lead to a variety of problems, from skin rash to cognitive impairment. Many people who experiment with drugs often find themselves in need of PHP treatment to recover.

How Long Do Poppers Last?

When the vapors from poppers are inhaled, they enter the bloodstream through the mouth, throat, and lungs. The effects of poppers kick in after about 15 seconds but are short-lasting. Poppers effects usually only last for 2 to 5 minutes. However, how long poppers' effects last depend on how much the person has inhaled. A popper’s high feels like a dizzying head-rush that can be euphoric.

Some other side effects of rush popper include:

  • Euphoria
  • A rush of warm sensations
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Disorientation
  • Sedation
  • Relaxation
  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Skin lesions around the nose and lips (when the liquid gets on the skin)
  • Sinusitis and respiratory infections and reactions
  • Headaches
  • Increased intraocular pressure, or pressure behind the eyes

Poppers are also vasodilators, meaning they dilate the blood vessels. As a result, when someone uses poppers, their blood pressure drops rapidly, leading to lightheadedness and sometimes brief loss of consciousness and strength (syncope). While this is happening, the heart speeds up, a condition known as tachycardia. Additionally, another side effect of poppers is relaxation of the anal sphincter, which is why the drug is also used to facilitate anal sex.

Although the high that poppers produce is short-lived, these drugs can produce some unwanted consequences in the long run. Popper’s long-term effects include:

  • Allergic reactions on the skin and respiratory system
  • Methaemoglobinaemia, a blood disorder that can block oxygen supply to body tissue
  • Skin rash around the nose and mouth
  • Maculopathy, a disease that affects the back of the retina (common with isopropyl nitrite)
  • A build-up of fluid pressure within the eye

Long-term popper use is also associated with an increased risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, mainly because these drugs are often used to increase libido and alleviate painful sex. Although poppers are not addictive, they are extremely harmful to the body and should not be used at all. Moreover, people who begin experimenting with drugs like poppers are more likely to explore and abuse heavier forms of drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, or meth.

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