Methaqualone, also known as Quaalude or Mandrax, depresses the central nervous system . Originally used as a treatment for sleeping disorders such as insomnia; the drug quickly became a recreational drug in the U.S., excessively abused and addictive. Banned in the 1980s, Methaqualone is a synthetic drug. Makers of the illicit drug often times use Heroin, laxatives, decongestants, and baking soda, talcum powder, flour and pain relievers as filler.
Physical and Psychological Effects
Methaqualone abuse and addiction has both physical and psychological effects. As a depressant, the drug reduces breathing, lowers blood pressure and slows heart rate. The individual using it will experience a sense of deep relaxation. Within a few hours the drug will reach its peak and the effects of the drug will last for up to 8 hours.
Dangers of Methaqualone Abuse
Individuals who use Methaqualone for prolonged periods of time and in frequently increased amounts will create a tolerance to the drug that will require more with each use to achieve the same results as with previous use. As the amount is increased there is a danger of the central nervous system shutting down which could result in coma and be fatal. Taking Methaqualone with other drugs, especially Marijuana and alcohol can lead to coma and death.
Side Effects of Methaqualone Abuse and Addiction
Methaqualone abuse may lead to the following side effects:
- Abdominal cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chills and/or sweats
- Irregular heart rate
- Headache and seizures
Additionally, the drug can have a damaging effect on muscle control and coordination and addicts may, at times, have a tingling sensation similar to pins and needles in the face and fingers which is known as paresthesia.
There is an increased risk for psychological dependency when Methaqualone is taken in frequent and increased amounts for long periods of time. Symptoms of addiction may include impaired judgment, impaired learning and memory loss, difficulty concentrating on work or school and preoccupation with getting more Methaqualone.
Medical Detox for Methaqualone Abuse
Sudden cessation of the drug could lead to the appearance of withdrawal symptoms within twelve hours of the last time the drug was used. Since Methaqualone abuse slows the heart rate, withdrawal will increase the heart rate. The average length for detox from Methaqualone is seven to ten days and medical detox is strongly encouraged. Withdrawal symptoms usually peak within 48 hours. Withdrawal symptoms may include anxiety, tremors, sweating, nausea, vomiting and seizures.
IV therapy medical detox is seen as the best method of detox from Methaqualone abuse and addiction. Intravenous therapy is important because it allows the medication to be increased or decreased as the withdrawal symptoms change, which keeps the patient comfortable. Research shows that patients who are comfortable throughout the detox process are more likely to successfully complete detox and individuals who can successfully complete detox are more likely to be successful in sobriety.
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