Amyl nitrite is a depressant which means it slows down the messages traveling between the brain and body. Classified as an inhalant , it belongs to a class of drugs known as alkyl nitrites, which also includes butyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite and isopropyl nitrite. Amyl nitrite is a vasodilator. Vasodilators are medicines that cause the blood vessels in the body to dilate and the involuntary smooth muscles to relax, lowering blood pressure. Amyl nitrite was used medically in the past for the treatment of angina, and has been used for the treatment of cyanide poisoning. Recreationally, it is used to enhance sexual experience or to experience a general sense of pleasure.
Therapeutic Goods Administration is warned ban on amyl nitrate would criminalise the practice of 90, gay and bisexual men. The Therapeutic Goods Administration failed to consider the therapeutic uses of alkyl nitrites — including their use in receptive anal sex — when they proposed to ban the inhalants, LGBT health advocates have warned. The TGA will meet sexual health physician Vincent Cornelisse and community health advocate Daniel Reeders on Thursday after the pair made a submission warning a ban would criminalise the practice of an estimated 90, adult gay and bisexual men who use the inhalant during intercourse. After its interim decision in September, the TGA is conducting consultation on its proposal to ban alkyl nitrites, which has triggered a backlash over its discriminatory impact on gay and bisexual men. Amyl nitrate is the most common form of the drug. The proposal would list alkyl nitrites in schedule 9, along with the most serious drugs and effectively criminalise possession and use.
Sexual uses of poppers should weigh against ban, LGBT health advocates warn
Stefanie Vaccher does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. New regulations come into place this month that allow the sale of amyl nitrite , known as poppers, in Australian pharmacies. Amyl nitrite and the broader class of drugs it belongs to, alkyl nitrites, were previously illegal in Australia. Poppers are inhaled, giving a short buzz and mild head-rush because they relax muscles and blood vessels.
Poppers are a liquid drug that can give an instant high when inhaled. Other names for it are amyl nitrate, butyl nitrite, and liquid gold. The effects of poppers appear quickly and include dizziness, warm sensations, an increased heart rate, and headaches. Poppers have a widespread recreational use.