Poppers - amyl, butyl, iso butyl nitrate, aromas, brand names e.g. liquid gold

In August 2007 an EU directive came in which said that isobutyl nitrite and butyl nitrite which was in most poppers being sold in the UK was now forbidden to be sold because of their cancer causing properties. The new batches are marketed as containing “isopropyl nitrite” Not much is known about the new ingredient but reports are coming in stating there are not as ‘effective’ as the previous ingredient, please see below for more information.

Highs and lows:

  • rush of blood to the head
  • heart beats quickly
  • excited feeling
  • light headed
  • may relax sphincter muscles in arse (but reports that change in ingredients may have stopped this effect)
  • headaches
  • burns
  • dizziness or fainting

with other drugs:

  • Viagra: together can cause fatal lowering of blood pressure
  • HIV drugs: some HIV drugs are more likely to be interfered with by Viagra type drugs when also taken with poppers
  • Ecstasy, speed, cocaine, crystal meth: puts the heart under extra strain

Sex on poppers:

  • can increase risk of HIV transmission due to: lower inhibitions making unsafe sex more likely, possible increased blood supply to arse making bleeding more likely; may weaken immune system for a short time increasing the chance of getting an infection

Staying safe:

  • Never swallow poppers - this can kill you by stopping your heart
  • Avoid burns by washing off poppers that touch your skin. Get immediate medical help if it goes in your eye.
  • If you don't use them for a few days you won't need so much for the same effect.
  • Avoid poppers if you also use other drugs that lower your blood pressure.
  • Keep poppers away from cigarettes or anything else that could cause them to catch on fire.