Amyl nitrate is a medicine that produces vasodilating effects to treat heart diseases such as angina or chest pain. It is an inhalant that has potent psychoactive or mind-altering properties, with which it can alleviate the pain experienced during an angina attack. It belongs to the class of drugs that are depressants and have antihypertensive properties.
Inhalation of Amyl nitrate gives an instant high, because of its intense euphoric effects on the brain. It enhances muscle relaxation in the body by conducting vasodilation and expansion of the blood vessels. This increases the supply of blood throughout the body, which reduces the strain or workload on the heart and boosts the supply of oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body in an efficient manner.
Amyl nitrate comes in the form of a solution packed in a glass container and it is available only on a doctor’s prescription. Some people might misuse this drug for purposes other than the treatment of angina attacks. Its misuse and unnecessary inhalation can potentiate the risk of life-threatening consequences.
You have to use this medicine exactly as advised by your doctor. The dose may differ from one individual to another based on their need. You must follow your doctor’s guidance and directions carefully. Inhale the amount that has been recommended to you. Do not overdo it.
In addition, you must discuss the interactions. The medicine might not give desired effects due to its interaction with certain types of foods, drinks, or drugs. You should ask your doctor about this and become aware of the interactions to get the most out of the medicine.
Amyl nitrate side effects
Inhalation of the solution can give rise to some common side effects that include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dizziness or light headedness
- Fast pulse
These are common side effects that go away once your body becomes used to the medicine. But if they persist for too long, then it is better to see your doctor. Besides, the overdose of the medicine might also potentiate the risk of serious side effects such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Severe weakness
- Extreme dizziness or fainting
- Faster heartbeats
- Bluish-colored lips, palms, or nails.
These are the symptoms of overdose that require medical attention. Otherwise, the medicine can be poisonous, worsen the symptoms, and increase the risk of health problems.
Amyl nitrate and erectile dysfunction
According to some sources, prolonged use of this psychoactive (mood-altering) drug might cause gradual damage to their sexual function. It may lead to sexual side effects such as erectile dysfunction or impotence and decreased sexual desire. Conversely, as per some other sources, the effects of Amyl nitrate have helped some individuals improve their erection function and sexual response.
In some, the effects of this medicine after long-term usage can negatively impact their sexual function while some might experience an improvement in their erection difficulties. The effects of the medicine may impact every individual in a different way. To make any conclusion, more research is needed regarding the effects of Amyl nitrate on sexual function.