Frequently Asked Questions About Methaqualone
What is it?
Methaqualone is a synthetic, barbiturate-like, central nervous system depressant. It is an anxiolytic (lowers anxiety) and a sedative-hypnotic drug that leads to a state of drowsiness.
Drowsiness arises because methaqualone is a sedative that increases the activity of the GABA receptors in the brain and nervous system. When GABA activity is increased, blood pressure drops and the breathing and pulse rates slow, leading to a state of deep relaxation. For this reason, it was a drug initially prescribed for insomnia
While these drugs were initially introduced as a safe barbiturate substitute to help induce sleep, they were later shown to have addiction and withdrawal symptoms.
The side effects from taking methaqualone include nausea and vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, irregular heart rate, fatigue, itching, chills and/or sweats, headache and seizures.
Long term abuse of methaqualone can have a significant effect on coordination and muscle control. Sometimes users have a pins and needles tingling sensation in the fingers and face which is known as paresthesia.
There is a high risk for psychological dependency when methaqualone is taken in high amounts for prolonged periods of time. Symptoms of dependency include impaired judgment, impaired learning, difficulty being able to focus on school or work, memory loss and preoccupation with getting more methaqualone.
Methaqualone is quite frequently described by its brand name, Quaalude, and recently re-popularized by the movie "The World of Wall Street". It can be known under several street names including:
Bandits, Beiruts, Disco Biscuits, Ewings, Flamingos, Flowers, Genuines, Lemmon 714, Lemons, Lovers, Ludes, Mandies, Qua, Quack, Quad, Randy Mandies, 714s, Soaper, Sopes, Sporos, Vitamin Q, Wagon Wheels
Most addicts require rehabilitation, and in some cases aftercare when they finish rehab. Treatment can consist of going to a hospital or rehab center for therapy and other treatments while living at home and resuming normal daily activities. Outpatient treatment can help you readjust to daily life and support you in your life goals, including staying sober.
If you or someone you know may be experiencing addiction or dependency please contact a medical professional
All drugs including methaqualone will affect each person differently depending on the persons characteristics (such as physical size, gender, mood, diet, fitness, age, expectations and health), the drug itself (such as the amount used and its purity), and how it is taken and the environment a person is in when using the drug