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Uppers And Downers


Monday, October 20th, 2008 Uppers And Downers

Information is always crucial in the understanding of upper and downer type drugs.

With reference to the former these refer to drugs which specifically speed up the central nervous system ie amphetamines and cocaine. They in-effect act as stimulants to the mind and body.

In comparison when evaluating downers, these type of drugs are sedative based ie opiate such as heroin, methadone and dihydrocodeine.

Clearly there are variants between the two types of drugs. In relation to uppers it has been suggested that these type of drugs can cause psychosis even after a single dose. Equally uppers can be potentially fatal if they are taken as a mixture of monoamine oxidase inhibiting antidepressants (MAOIs), such as phenelzine, isocarboxazid or tranylcypromine.

It has been argued that the risk of dependency to downers is higher as is the experience of withdrawal symptoms These drugs can affect breathing and make people feel drowsy. In certain combinations, downers may increase the effects of prescribed sedatives, making people even drowsier. In severe cases, users may become confused and shaky, and their breathing may be adversely affected.

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