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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Butyl Nitrite

Slang terms

Liquid incense, room deodorizer, rush, locker room, Poppers

Active ingredient

Butyl nitrite

Source

Synthetic

Pharmacological classification

Vasodilator

Medical use

None (amyl nitrite used in angina pectoris)

Abuse form

Liquid

Usage method

Inhaled

Effects sought

Exhilaration

Adverse effects

Damage to heart and blood vessels; may aggravate heart problems

Detectable in urine

Methemaglobin in blood

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