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Generic name: methaqualone
Common brand names: Quaalude, Sopor
Other formal names: Cateudil, Dormutil, Hyminal, Isonox, Melsed, Melsedin, Mequelone, Mequin, Methadorm, Mozambin, Optimil, Parest, Renoval, Somnafac, Toquilone Compositum, Triador, Tuazole.
Common or street names: Bandits, Beiruts, Blou Bulle, Disco Biscuits, Ewings, Flamingos, Flowers, Genuines, Lemmon 714, Lemons, Lennons, Lovers, Ludes, Mandies, Qua, Quaaludes, Quack, Quad, Randy Mandies, 714, Soaper, Sopes, Sporos, Vitamin Q, Wagon Wheels
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What are quaaludes?
In the U.S., quaaludes (methaqualone) was a popular recreational drug from the 1960s until the 1980s when the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) made their use illegal. Methaqualone, the active ingredient, is an anxiolytic (lower anxiety) and sedative-hypnotic.
In the past, these drugs, imprinted with the number “714” on the tablet, were intended as a safe substitute for barbiturates to help induce sleep. Still, they were later found to cause the same symptoms of addiction and withdrawal as prescription barbiturates.
Quaaludes are rarely encountered on the streets in the U.S. today but are occasionally confiscated coming across the border.
Uses of quaaludes
The United States prescribed Quaaludes most frequently in 1972.
These properties are why it was initially thought to be a useful sedative and anxiolytic.
It became a recreational drug due to its euphoric (“high”) effect. Quaaludes were a popular drug of abuse during the 1970s, even though both the US and Britain tightened control around their use and dispensing.
Quaaludes depress the central nervous system (CNS).
- Examples of other CNS depressants include meprobamate, diazepam (Valium), and gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB).
- Overdose of methaqualone can lead to seizures, coma, or death.
The range of dangerous doses varies widely. Because these drugs are made in illegal labs, the strength and contents of the actual product may not be known, putting the user at even higher risk.
Taking doses of over 300 mg can be dangerous for first-time users. Quaalude doses of about 8,000 mg per day can be fatal but depend upon the state of the user’s tolerance.
Quaalude side effects
Common side effects of Quaaludes include:
- abdominal cramps
Quaaludes abuse and dependence
When Quaaludes are abused, they become addictive like barbiturates. Those who use it frequently develop a tolerance for it, requiring higher doses to achieve the same euphoric effect. Overdoses and deaths are more likely with Quaalude use. They can also cause withdrawal symptoms similar to barbiturates
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