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. Has a sweet odour when fresh.
- Nitrites dilate blood vessels and allow more blood to get to your heart
- You get a rush as your heartbeat speeds up and blood rushes to your head. This lasts a few minutes
- Can make your orgasm last longer and help relax anal muscles
- Can cause skin problems around nose and lips
- Dangerous if you have heart problems or glaucoma
- Don’t drink poppers
- Don’t mix with viagra or blood pressure medication
- Can burn if poppers come in contact with your skin
- Risk of fire
If you are pregnant
Do not use if you are pregnant as we don’t know enough about the risks to your baby.
There’s no evidence to suggest that poppers are physically or psychologically addictive, but there is evidence to suggest that heavy users might develop a tolerance to the drug, and need to increase their use to get the same high.
You may find it difficult to get an erection after sniffing poppers.
What help is available?
- Self-help support such as Narcotics Anonymous
- Counselling or psychotherapy
- Complementary therapies, such as acupuncture
- Support from your doctor to withdraw or keep off
- One to one or group family support
- Contact the Drugs Helpline 1800 459 459 to find out about options in your area