The Food and Drug Administration wants you to stop using, poppers. Yes, you!
In a release, the FDA issued a warning urging consumers against the sale and use of the chemical inhalant alkyl nitrite, more commonly known as “poppers”, after an observed increase in reported death and hospitalizations.
“The FDA is advising consumers not to purchase or use nitrite ‘poppers’ which can result in serious adverse health effects, including death.
These products are marketed as nail polish removers but are being ingested or inhaled for recreational use.
Poppers’ are sold online or at adult novelty stores and packaged in small bottles, ranging from 10 to 40 mL. They appear similar to energy shots, with brand names including Jungle Juice, Extreme Formula, HardWare, Quick Silver, and Super RUSH.
The FDA has observed an increase in reports of deaths and hospitalizations with issues such as severe headaches, dizziness, increase in body temperature, difficulty breathing, extreme drops in blood pressure, blood oxygen issues (methemoglobinemia), and brain death after ingestion or inhalation of nitrite ‘poppers.'”
FYI, poppers can be used to relax muscles and produce a heightened feeling that makes bottoming a more pleasurable experience, which is why they are sometimes used among gay and bisexual men during sex.
According to Healthline, some of the potential risks and side effects of poppers include a drop in blood pressure during use (which may result in lightheadedness or dizziness), methemoglobinemia (an extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening blood disorder that leads to inadequate delivery of oxygen to cells), vision problems, along with allergic skin reactions.
Poppers are apparently dangerous to use shortly before or after erectile dysfunction medication like Viagra or Cialis, as both cause a person’s blood pressure to drop. The combination of poppers and ED meds can result in fainting, stroke, or even heart attacks/ death.
Because of the risks and dangers associated with poppers, the UK banned them in 2016 and Canada in 2013.
The FDA says they are going to continue monitoring reports about incidents relating to poppers and will
“take appropriate actions to protect the public health.”
Sounds like they are soon to be banned in the U.S. as well.
FDA is advising consumers not to purchase or use nitrite “poppers” which can result in serious adverse health effects, including death. These products are marketed as nail polish removers but are being ingested or inhaled for recreational use. https://t.co/5Qkd0wleuc pic.twitter.com/9PgY3KTA02— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) June 24, 2021
We will continue tracking reports of adverse events resulting from the ingestion or inhalation of nitrite “poppers." Contact your health care provider immediately if you are experiencing illness after using these products. Report issues to FDA here: https://t.co/VIjiNRupY0— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) June 24, 2021