4. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
Diphenhydramine usually goes by the trade name Benadryl; it is marketed to deal mainly with allergies, but is also often used as a sedative when people are having trouble sleeping. It has some popularity among recreational drug users, due to its affect as a deliriant. When recreational users take a high dose, they can expect such symptoms as drowsiness, fatigue, disturbed coordination, dizziness, blurred vision, confusion, and hallucinations, which are somehow considered positive things by recreational users.
The drug is quite dangerous in very high doses, especially if done regularly. There are many, much worse, side effects, such as fever, hypotension, seizures, convulsions, atheotosis, gastrointestinal symptoms, deep coma, and death. If you are just taking one occasionally for its intended use you should be fine, but regular abuse of this drug is very bad for your heart.
3. Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine)
Dimenhydrinate is a drug that most of you probably know as Dramamine, and is mainly used to combat motion sickness. It is also a deliriant, and is popular among recreational drug users for the audio and visual hallucinations that it provides in high doses. Setting it apart from its cousin Diphenhydramine, it is reported to also have a euphoric effect, along with the hallucinations. It is not only abused by recreational users, but also by psychiatric patients, though in their case it is for self-treating anxiety and the like, not for recreation. Like Diphenhydramine, this drug is not good for you in large doses, and can be very bad for the long-term health of your GI tract and heart.
2. Propylhexedrine (Benzedrex)
Propylhexedrine is the active drug in a nasal spray called Benzedrex, and it originally replaced amphetamine sulfate as the active ingredient years back due to abuse. Unfortunately, Propylhexedrine is also capable of abuse. Recreational users have been known to use some sort of extraction process to gain crystals from it, and it has hence earned the nickname “stove top speed,” due to the effect that it has on people.
The drug is contained in a cotton rod inside the nasal inhaler, and some users simply eat the cotton rod instead of bothering with extraction. It then gives them a high similar to weak amphetamines. It is important to note, however, that this is very much a situation of “don’t try this at home.” This drug can be very dangerous; many cases of reported use involved psychosis, myocardial infarction, pulmonary, vascular disease, pulmonary hypertension, and sudden death. Many of these dangerous side effects are likely caused by the fact that the drug is a vasoconstrictor, and greatly raises your blood pressure.
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