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Poppers Category: Stimulants

Also called: amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite, ram, thrust, rock harm, kix, TNT, liquid gold, locker room, purple haze.

How it’s used

Poppers are a clear, yellow or gold liquid which you inhale straight from a bottle or on a cloth. You can also get it in tablet form. Has a sweet odour when fresh.


Short-term effects


Long-term effects


Other dangers


If you are pregnant

Do not use if you are pregnant as we don’t know enough about the risks to your baby.



You can build tolerance so you need to take more to get the same effect



You may find it difficult to get an erection after sniffing poppers.


What help is available?

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