You must have heard about the club drug also known as GHB. It is usually consumed by thrilled adolescents. Here is what you should know about this drug
- It is a drug which is approved by FDA but only for medical purposes. This drug can be prescribed to patients with a sleep disorder, known as narcolepsy. It is a disorder in which a person has no control over his sleep and keeps snoring during the day as well.
- This drug acts on the brain to depress the neural pathways related to sedation. However, at some concentrations, it is a stimulatory substance causing excitement. Addiction develops to GHB use and is a powerful one.
- The drug when used as an abused drug is dangerous but it occurs naturally in the brain in small amounts. It is also a byproduct of fermentation reaction and can be detected in beer.
- If a person stops using GHB suddenly, it can result in withdrawal syndrome which consists of tremors, nervousness and sleeps disturbance. If this withdrawal is serious like the one in alcohol abuse, patients may require emergency management. GHB withdrawal symptoms are mainly treated by anti-anxiety drugs.
- The GHB that people sell for purpose of abuse in streets and internet is not laboratory tested and has no standards of manufacturing. It is very harmful because it is produced in illegal ways. Few research studies have investigated the number of deaths occurring due to GHB to be more than 200. There is treatment available to cure GHB addiction at Ontario drug rehabs.
- GHB has an effect on muscle building due to its anabolic properties. Its use is not recommended but athletes use it for bodybuilding. Although, this drug causes sedation.
- GHB ingested in high doses may result in coma and death because it has a depressant effect on the brain and is profoundly sedative.