Nitrous Oxide Risk Reduction
Risks are increased depending on
- How it is used
- How much is used
- How often it is used
- Don’t inhale directly from the canister, always use a devise to release the gas and use a balloon to inhale. Nitrous Oxide within the canister is cold and could seriously damage the throat and lungs. It is risky if it is inhaled continuously with no air breathed.
- Don’t use in extra risky ways – Use in well ventilated locations and not confined spaces such as cars.
- Don't use near roads or water. You could become dizzy or loose coordination.
- Start low and go slow, take your time and make sure you are getting enough oxygen
- Avoid using with other substances including alcohol and prescription medication. Nitrous oxide and stimulants such as MDMA or cocaine could put extra pressure on your heart.
- Don’t use multiple balloons, one after the other. The higher amounts the higher the risk.
- Limit how frequently you use – long term risks are linked to regular use
- Don’t be afraid to get medical help on 999/112 if someone becomes unwell
- Look out for long term harms – talk to your GP if you have numbness, pain, tingling or unusual sensation in your feet, arms, hands or legs as this could be a sign of Vitamin B12 deficiency which can lead to irreversible long term health problems.
It is always safer not to use at all.
Avoid use if you have underlying health conditions with your heart, blood pressure or asthma.