Substance Abuse: Medical and Slang Terminology

Humera Hamid, BA; Rif S. El-Mallakh, MD; Keith Vandeveir, CADC

Disclosures

South Med J. 2005;98(3):350-362. 

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Nitrous Oxide

Slang terms

Laughing gas, gas, whippitts, nitrous, blue bottle

Active ingredient

Nitrous oxide

Source

Synthetic

Pharmacological classification

Inhalation anesthetic

Medical use

Anesthesia

Abuse form

Gas in pressurized containers

Usage method

Inhaled

Effects sought

Euphoria, relaxation

Adverse effects

Kidney or liver damage, peripheral neuropathy, spontaneous abortion

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