Recreational use of Benzedrex has been documented, with some people resorting to buying the medication, taking its delivery device apart, and sniffing its contents or injecting it. Not only is this practice dangerous, but it can also subject you to a crash after you’ve used it to get high.

Most people use over-the-counter medications with the intent to feel better when they get sick. Available to be used without a prescription, people trust over-the-counter medicines to help them get back on their feet.

Benzedrex is an over-the-counter medication that can help people whose nasal cavities have become congested. This may happen because of an allergy, cold, or other health issues that cause more mucus to form in the body.

But this medication is also considered a “legal high” because it can be bought easily, requires no prescription, and can produce euphoric effects.

The active ingredient in Benzedrex is propylhexedrine. According to a 2018 study published on Dovepress, this chemical substance is similar in structure to methamphetamine. Some Benzedrex users have discovered this either on purpose or by accident.

How Benzedrex Works

The National Institutes of Health’s DailyMed says you should only use Benzedrex as directed. This means:

  • Those between the ages of six and 12 should only use it with an adult’s supervision. People over the age of 12 are okay to use it without adult supervision.
  • Inhaling no more than two times every two hours maximum
  • Discontinuing its use after 72 hours (three days)

Dependence on Benzedrex usually starts after three days. Patients who still feel congested should get help from a doctor if their symptoms persist.

What is a Comedown?

The body needs to remain stable to function correctly and stay healthy. This is called homeostasis.

Using a recreational drug can cause your body to respond differently, and it could change how the body is balanced.

Abusing a drug can cause you to get high, and your body will respond with a crash, so it can regain its equilibrium.

A crash, or comedown, means that your body will make itself feel better by producing the opposite effects of whatever it is you took.

Documented effects of Benzedrex include the following:

  • Increase in concentration and productivity
  • Faster heart rate
  • Anxiety

Benzedrex also causes additional side effects that have concerned the health community, such as:

  • Changes in the heart’s natural rhythm.
  • Constriction (tightening) of blood vessels that disrupts how the body cools itself.

Poison Control reports that Benzedrex’s crash is uncomfortable. It has been referred to as a “rebound effect,” and it could cause a person to feel sensations, such as:

  • The opposite of a drug’s effects. If you take Benzedrex to feel more alert, you may then feel fatigue as it wears off.
  • Increased cravings. Your body is experiencing changes in how it is balanced, and they will not feel good. It is only natural that you will want to take more Benzedrex to beat the ensuing fatigue you have to deal with now.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that using any drug for recreational reasons is your choice at first, but it is important to monitor your use at all times to avoid misuse.

Some people might welcome the comedown if their drug experience was not pleasant. People who felt good as they were taking Benzedrex may feel the comedown is difficult, which could facilitate additional use. The experience is different for everyone.

Other Common Symptoms of a Crash, or Comedown, are:

  • Changes to your pulse. You may feel as if your heart is racing, for example.
  • Rise or fall in temperature. Benzedrex is associated with both overheating and dehydration, according to Poison Control.
  • Anger, anxiety, or even depression. Changes to your mood are normal during a comedown.

Benzedrex and Alcohol

Stimulants and alcohol are among the most commonly abused drugs used together. One of the most pressing dangers of using Benzedrex in conjunction with alcohol is that the effects of depressants override the stimulants. If you’re consuming alcohol and using Benzedrex, the drugs might cancel each other out, causing you to take more and more. Once you stop drinking, you might notice how stimulated you feel, leading to an anxiety attack or jitters. If you stop using Benzedrex while you’re drinking, you might feel inebriated to the point where you pass out. Unless your doctor gives you permission to use more than one drug at a time, mixing drugs is dangerous and can be fatal.

Those who struggle with Benzedrex abuse often use alcohol to minimize the adverse effects attributed to the stimulant, such as twitching or anxiety. When you add a depressant into the mix, it makes the experience more tolerable. However, if you need two drugs to make the one feel better, that should tell you everything you need to know. You should refrain from using either substance.

Those with social anxiety may mix the drugs in social situations to put their anxiety at ease. In other cases, someone who’s feeling lethargic may use it to increase their energy. No matter the reasoning behind it, using Benzedrex with alcohol is flat-out dangerous and something you should avoid at all costs. Is catching a buzz worth your life? There are healthy alternatives available to get energy or overcome social anxiety. Speak with your doctor.


Benzedrex Abuse

Those who abuse the stimulant drug do so by bypassing the nasal inhaler and use it improperly. Instead, they ingest the substance orally. In some cases, they might even inject directly into their veins. Benzedrex has been attributed to various health problems and even caused fatalities. If it’s so dangerous, why do people abuse it? Well, in most cases, it’s to get high, while others may do it to improve their productivity and help them focus, similar to how ADHD prescription drugs like Adderall work.

When used as prescribed, Benzedrex is a harmless drug. Although, like all drugs, side effects are possible, including dryness in the nasal passages, burning, sweating, congestion, tremors, anxiousness, or restlessness. Adverse side effects are more likely to occur in those with heart disease or who abuse the drug.

When someone abuses this drug, they’re prone to significant adverse side effects. Benzedrex has been associated with some of the following effects:

  • Psychosis, which can be dangerous to the person on Benzedrex and those around them
  • High fever, which can lead to hospitalization
  • Chills
  • Shaking
  • Sepsis
  • Blood pressure changes, rapid heart rate, heart palpitations, irregular heartbeat, chest pain, excess fluid around the heart, cardiopulmonary arrest, or heart attack
  • Shortness of breath, rapid breathing, excessive fluid in the lung, or respiratory distress
  • Death

Injecting the drug is even worse, and it’s linked with tissue death, swelling, cellulitis, ulcers, bruising, changes in sensation, and abscesses.

Benzedrex has been shown to affect people similar to amphetamines and produces more severe organ problems, especially when injected. It’s because Benzedrex constricts blood vessels and raises blood pressure in a manner more intense than amphetamines. Unfortunately, the drug can also produce a severe comedown. So, how do you deal with it?

How to Deal with a Comedown

A comedown means the drug you take is still influencing you. There are a few ways to deal with this.

  • Avoid situations that cause you to stress or require too much concentration.
  • Do not operate machinery or drive during this time. Benzedrex causes fatigue that could put you and others at risk.
  • Ask for additional help if you are a caretaker for children, elderly adults, or others who depend on you for assistance.
  • You may have to call in sick to school or work.
  • Eat a balanced, nutritious diet. Fruits, vegetables, and protein can boost your recovery. Supplements and vitamins might also be good sources of nutrients, but they can interact with Benzedrex. It is best to consult with a doctor about these as a substitute or addition to healthy meals.

Although you do not feel good, a crash is your body’s way of telling you it needs to rest and replenish nutrients after experiencing harm from taking a drug.

Benzedrex will have effects that are different from drugs known for their crash, such as alcohol, but some of the same advice might apply. For example:

  • Drink water. Healthline mentions that Gatorade might help people with a hangover caused by alcohol. Benzedrex causes dehydration, and a sports drink, along with water, can assist you in replacing lost electrolytes.
  • Vitamin B6. This is available in fish, poultry, and citrus fruits, or as a supplement. It may decrease the symptoms of your crash.
  • Ibuprofen or aspirin. These can relieve possible headaches or other bodily pain.

Benzedrex has also been linked to death, though this is not necessarily because of a comedown per se. In a report from July 2018, VICE stated the importance of differentiating a comedown from drug withdrawal.

The only true way to prevent a comedown is to avoid taking Benzedrex and to moderate use if you feel you are dependent. But you do not have to do this on your own.

Doctors, treatments, and self-help groups exist that can help you cope with your Benzedrex use if you feel it is becoming a regular habit.

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