Last reviewed by Editorial Team on August 25th, 2018.
What are Quaaludes?
Quaalude is the brand name of the drug methaqualone which is sedative-hypnotic drug similar to barbiturates (a general central nervous system depressant). In 1970, it was widely used for the treatment of insomnia, and as a sedative and muscle relaxant. Illegally Quaaludes has been used as a recreational drug. It is widely used in South Africa where it is commonly referred to as smarties or happy tablets (also called geluk-tablette). Illegally produced methaqualone is seized by the government agencies around the world.
How does Quaaludes work?
Methaqualone acts by increasing the activity of the GABA receptors in the brain and nervous system. When GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) activity is enhanced, the person feels the state of extreme relaxation due to fall in blood pressure, breathing, and slower pulse rates. Such properties were the reason that methaqualone was originally prescribed for insomnia, but later it is legally banned all over the world. Most sedatives such as alcohol and valium act in the same way which sends inhibitory signals to brain and produce a state of deep relaxation.
Are Qualludes legal?
No, Methaqualone is not legal anymore. It is completely banned worldwide due to its recreational use and abusive behavior.
What are the uses of Quaaludes?
Quaaludes produces relaxation, sleepiness, and a sense of euphoria in prescribed doses. It was initially thought to be a useful sedative and anxiolytic because it used to cause a drop in blood pressure and slows the pulse rate.
It was one of the most prescribed sedatives in United States in 1972. Due to its euphoric effects, it became a recreational drug. It was taken under control in Britain and United States when the abusive behavior of the drug is came in light.
What is the dose of Quaaludes?
Methaqualone was available in tablet and capsule form when it was a legal medicine and it use to come in different strengths.
For light sedation: 75-150 mg for light sedation. 300 mg was commonly prescribed whereas 600 mg was used for strong sedation. Some users may take 2000 mg addicted to it and tolerance develops easily. After taking Quaaludes, the onset of action occur in approximately 30 minutes, and duration of action is between 5 to 8 hours.
What is the overdose of Quaaludes?
The overdose of this medication can lead to seizures, coma, or death. For the first time users, 300 mg dose can be dangerous. It’s all depends upon the state of user’s tolerance, doses of 8000 mg per day can be fatal and sometimes higher doses of up to 20,000 mg may also survive.
If Quaaludes taken with alcohol, even in small doses, death can also occur because alcohol is also a central nervous system depressant.
What are the signs that someone is addicted to Quaaludes?
If your answer is yes to the following question than you are addicted to the Quaaludes:
- If you feel overwhelmed by the craving to use this drug again and again.
- If you feel sober and cannot feel pleasure without getting the euphoric effects caused by Quaaludes.
- If you started taking Quaaludes as often as you can.
- If you are trying to get this medication by any means.
- If you are physically and psychologically dependent on Quaaludes.
- If you experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms after skipping the dose.
- If you hurriedly take this medication in order to overcome the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
You should seek immediate medical attention as it may result in severe addiction and may prove fatal to you.
What does quaaludes feel like? “Quaaludes “high” experience”
Initially, methaqualone was prescribed for the treatment of insomnia, but due to its euphoric and relaxing effects, people start abusing this drug. The high dose Quaaludes produce severe symptoms that may lasts for a longer time and once you feel need of more Quaaludes, you get addicted to this drug. Also when you need to get rid of this addiction, you are more likely to suffer from severe withdrawal symptoms. Therefore you should seek medical attention if you want to leave this addiction.
Here is an example of Quaaludes high experience, which is described on the website:
I stumbled across my grandfather’s old medical kit and inside it was a bunch of Quaaludes and enough vials of barbiturates to last a lifetime.
I took one full 250mg pill and half of another pill for a total of 375mg which is a bit higher than common dose. Taken on an empty stomach.
Twenty minutes in and I start to feel a pleasant tingling course through my body and my face begins to feel warm and flushed. A sense of inhibition creeps up on me and I start talking louder to my friends who are there just hanging out with me in the basement.
45 minutes in my vision is completely blurry and I can barely see anything. I get up to walk around but my coordination is a mess and I stumble around trying to gain composure. At this point I’m saying whatever ridiculous things come to my mind out. The drug has very pronounced pro-sexual effects and I was horny as hell which I found strange since benzos destroy my sex drive and I thought the two chemicals were similar but now I know they’re not at all.
I keep on stumbling around the basement shooting the shit with people and talking about god knows what because I don’t remember much. I know I ended up smoking a joint which really brought out the Quaalude high and the euphoria was very intense. A mix of MDMA and Xanax. There was a very pronounced physical and mental euphoria so I would not compare it to benzos or alcohol like so many others do.
I woke up very early in the morning and with some of my motor skills back I snuck out of the house and drove back to my own house to sleep/escape the embarrassment of seeing my friends.
Quaaludes are a very unique drug that really can’t be compared to anything. One thing I know now is that you cannot take it and function in the slightest in society so if you’re lucky enough to come across this extinct drug then do it in the privacy of your home.
Quaaludes abuse and dependence
Barbiturate-type dependence is created by the abuse of Quaaludes. Quaaludes are considered as highly addictive and so many users build tolerance to it which may prove fatal. Some symptoms that occur due to withdrawal of Quaaludes are restlessness, irritability, nausea, vomiting, weakness, headache, insomnia, tremors, mental confusion, seizures, etc.
The people who suffered from Quaaludes abuse, also found the poor decision making, and control, even some people have died due to their inability to make right decision under its influence. Therefore this medication was banned after seeing such fatal cases. Driving skills of Quaalude users are impaired and can cause fatal accidents.
Every effort has been made in order to assure the information provided here is accurate but still there is no guarantee is made to that effect.
Quaaludes abuse statistics
There are minimal record studies or statistics about the use of Quaaludes, because the federal government banned its production in 1984.
What are the causes of Quaaludes addiction?
Quaaludes are banned in 1980; therefore it is very difficult to obtain this medication. It is usually mixed with low-grade marijuana, and this combination is one of the preferred drugs of lower-income individuals.
People who have access to this drug due to environmental situations or via family members, can get addicted to Quaaludes. Initially, it was used to subside the emotional or physical pain when it introduced as a sleeping pill. In such cases, seeking a profession help can help you to get rid of its addiction.
Signs and symptoms of Quaaludes addiction
There are some signs and symptoms of Quaaludes addiction that may be helpful in finding the right cause of the situation and also helpful in finding the right solution:
- Excessive sweating
- Loss of appetite
- Slurred speech
- Sexual dysfunction
- Memory loss
- Irregular heartbeat
- Motor dysfunction
- In cases of overdose, Death
If you are experiencing any of these side effects as a result of a Quaaludes addiction, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
What are the effects of Quaaludes?
You may suffer from severe mental and physical effects of Quaaludes that can cause detrimental effects on your body, if you are addicted to Quaaludes. Here we are sectioning the physical, psychological, and social effects of Quaaludes on your body:
Abuse can be detrimental to your body as you harm normal mechanisms, organs, and systems. Physical effects can include:
- Cardiovascular dysfunction
- Motor dysfunction
- Respiratory depression
- Photophobia – An excessive sensitivity to light
- Parenthesis – Numbness of the fingers and toes
- Slowed speech
The abuse can lead to damaging psychological effects:
- Mood disorders
- Increased Anxiety
An addiction can negatively interfere with your social life and activities in the following ways:
- Decreased social interactions
- Increased isolation and segregation from loved ones
- Withdrawal from social activities and events
You should understand the severity of the addiction, in case you want to get rid of this fatal addiction. This is the first step in overcoming an addiction. People with Quaaludes addcition usually shows abnormal behavior such as harming themselves after having an overdose, therefore a proper planned treatment is necessary to overcome such situation.
How to test Quaaludes in body?
There is urine drug test of gas liquid chromatography (GLC) for confirmation of the medication up to 90 hours after the last intake, which is the best way to detect the methaqualone intake by the person. In order to avoid the false positive, the initial cut off level of 300 ng/ml for forensic and workplace drug testing of methaqualone is determined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA).
There are many other drugs that give the false positive results for methaqualone, such as diphenhydramine and ethanolamine antihistamines. In such cases, the low pressure vapor phase chromatography combined with mass spectrometry (GC/MS) should clear up the matter.
When Quaaludes are ceased abruptly or without weaning the dose, it can cause severe withdrawal symptoms. When you try to quit the addiction of this medication, and stop taking it suddenly, you may see some unusual symptoms, which are not very common, than you are suffering from Quaaludes withdrawal. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms depends upon the dose taken and the time period at from what time, it is being abused. Some withdrawal effects of the Quaaludes are:
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle Spasms
- High Fevers
- Fatal Seizures
A detoxification process is considered of at most importance in treating the withdrawal symptoms of the abuser. The withdrawal symptoms of the Quaaludes are very severe, therefore medical supervision is recommended at the time of treatment. Treatment programs for a Quaaludes addiction will be able to help with withdrawal symptoms as well as in overcoming the vicious cycle of abuse.
What is the Quaaludes withdrawal treatment?
People who abuse Quaaludes think that they can live their life with the continued addiction of this medication whereas the truth is that Quaaludes addiction can result in extreme destruction at the physical and psychological levels. Sometimes this addiction can prove fatal also.
For those who wish to overcome their addiction and wish to live a free life, help is available.
- The first and foremost step to overcome this addiction is to recognize and taking a step towards the addiction free life.
- You must understand that the having a professional assistance is very essential for overcoming the abusive cycle of Quaaludes addiction.
- When you start recognizing your need for help, you will certainly see the possibility of recovery.
- Detoxification, inpatient treatment and then outpatient treatment can be help you in treating your Quaaludes withdrawal.
How long methaqualone withdrawal do lasts?
It depends upon the length of the time a patient has been using the methaqualone and how much they are willing to quit it. It can lasts for one to several weeks in a typical withdrawal case.