Devils Breath (or Scopolamine) is a prescription medication used to manage and address the symptoms associated with motion sickness, including nausea and vomiting. The drug may also be prescribed post surgery to patients suffering from nausea caused by aesthesia. But just as with any medication, a variety of possible side effects can occur with prolonged use and/or abuse.
In recent years, Scopolamine has gained a reputation in Columbia as a “zombie drug” due the debilitating and hallucinogenic effects it has on its users. In this entry, we will outline some of the side effects and dangers associated its use.
Common Side Effects
The following side effects are typically not seen as abnormal in patients taking the drug as prescribed. Most patients find that their bodies adapt to the effects of the medication over time. These common effects include dry mouth, blurry vision, dizziness, flushing, and a feeling of lightheadedness.
Additional Side Effects
In addition to the side effects referenced above, a number of potentially serious side effects can be linked to use of Devils Breath. These effects include urination issues, confusion, rapid or irregular heartbeat, extreme dry mouth, speaking troubles, disorientation, drastic changes in mood or thought patterns, hallucinations and extreme drowsiness. Individuals found experiencing these types of symptoms are encouraged to seek immediate emergency medical attention.
An allergic reaction is often viewed as an additional serious side effect of Devils Breath use. Common signs associated with a Scopolamine allergic reaction include tightness in the chest area, breathing issues, skin rashes, itchiness, hives, and swelling throughout the face. Individuals found to be suffering from such a reaction are encouraged to seek out medical attention as soon as possible.
Words Of Caution
Individuals with a history of kidney, liver or heart disease; bladder issues; glaucoma; urination difficulties; enlarged prostate or stomach obstructions are encouraged to avoid use at all costs. Failure to do so may hold the potential for added complications and risks.
In cases of overdose, emergency medical attention must be sought out immediately. Some common overdose signs include dizziness, seizures or convulsions, agitation, excitability, hallucinations, a feeling of lightheadedness and coma. In severe cases, users may even pose the risk of death.
Aside from its medical purposes, Scopolamine is not a substance intended for long-term or recreational use. If you or someone you know is suffering from addictive tendencies towards this medication, our Above It All addiction treatment counselors are available to help. Call today to educate yourself on our available treatment options and recovery plans and get on track toward the happy, fulfilling and sober lifestyle you deserve.
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