Poppers are a group of alkyl nitrites: amyl, butyl and isobutyl. They are essentially liquids with very characteristic vapours that once inhaled give the sensation of being high and lightheaded. What gives you that sensation immediately after inhaling poppers is a bigger demand and supply of blood from and to your heart and brain due to a dilation of your veins, arteries and blood vessels.
The use of poppers can enhance the sounds and lights around you, this effect makes poppers popular with some party goers. The way you evaluate and decide upon the level of risk you are willing to take sexually can be compromised because under the effects of poppers your inhibitions are decreased and your sex drive is increased making you feel horny.
Poppers help your muscles relax, including your sphincter which will make rough anal sex easier, while expanding at the same time the blood vessels inside the arse making it easier to bleed, and as such increasing the risk of catching HIV and STIs such as hepatitis C if condoms are not used. In long fuck sessions, check the condom regularly, keep on adding lube and change it every half an hour or with every new partner.
Poppers are highly flammable and toxic so do not swallow them. Avoid contact with the skin as poppers will burn it. If contact does occur wash immediately with water and seek medical attention if it gets into your eyes.
It is illegal to sell these substances (poppers) as inhalers, but they are available as room odourisors, aromas, tape head cleaners or leather cleaners.
The combination of erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs such as Viagra or medication for heart condition and poppers is dangerous. When mixed together they can cause a fatal blood pressure drop.
When mixed with stimulant drugs such as speed, cocaine, ecstasy or crystal, poppers will increase the stress on your heart and put the body under a lot of pressure.
If you take protease inhibitors as part of your HIV treatment and add ED drugs such as Viagra, it can elevate the amount of ED drugs in your system; if you add poppers to that mix, the chances of blood pressure complications will increase drastically.
Long term side effects
There is the potential to become psychologically addicted to poppers.
Pimples around the mouth or nose.
In the long term, heavy use of poppers could result in neurological damage.
If you suffer from low or high blood pressure, heart conditions or glaucoma stay away from poppers to avoid complications.
In an emergency
In case of negative reactions to poppers dial 000, remember paramedics are not obliged to involve the police.
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