Amyl Nitrite

  • amyl
  • climax
  • heart-on
  • jungle juice aroma
  • nitrate
  • nitro
  • poppers
  • quiksilver
  • rush
  • thrust
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What is amyl nitrite?

Amyl nitrite is also known as 'poppers'. Butyl and isobutyl nitrites have been sold under many names including rush, climax, ram, thrust and heart-on and jungle juice aroma.

Amyl nitrite is classified as an inhalant and is a vasodilator which means it dilates blood vessels. It is one of the alkyl nitrite class of drugs. Others include butyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite and the nitrates such as nitro-glycerine.

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Amyl Nitrite
Amyl Nitrite

Amyl Nitrite

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Amyl nitrate has been used for some medical procedures in the past but has limited role now. It is also used to treat cyanide poisoning. 

Historically, amyl nitrate has been used to enhance sexual experience. Amyl nitrate is used at clubs and dance parties. 

The effects are felt within 30 seconds of inhalation and last for two to three minutes.

Physical effects can include

  • impaired/decreased coordination and muscle control
  • increased libido
  • chest pain
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
  • warm sensations
  • light-headedness and dizziness
  • temporary erectile dysfunction
  • unpleasant breath
  • skin sensitivity
  • redness or itching around mouth and nose
  • headache
  • sinusitis
  • runny nose
  • wheezing and breathing difficulty
  • nose bleeds
  • bloodshot or glazed eyes
  • blurred vision
  • loss of consciousness

How amyl nitrite affects your body

Tap a body part to learn more of the effects amyl nitrite places on your body.

Psychological effects can include

  • agitated, uneasy and aggressive
  • increased sensual awareness
  • lowered inhibitions / increased confidence
  • hallucinations and delusions
  • confusion and disorientation
  • impaired judgement

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