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Classification: Depressant Quinazolinone
Controlled Substance Act Schedule: I
Other names for Quaalude
Synthesized in 1951 by Indra Kacker and Syed Zaheer, both of India, quaaludes were meant to be an antimalarial medication. Shortly after discovering its pain-killing and sedative properties, it quickly became a popular drug to prescribe in Britain and the US. By the 1970s, quaaludes were an extremely popular drug of choice for recreational drug users. By 1985, the drug was officially discontinued at large by Pfizer, who had purchased the rights to the drug.
In the years following its introduction to recreational drug users, it became a huge legal hassle for the companies that made it. Current manufacturers of the drug are clandestine labs in India and Africa, where the drug remains wildly popular, particularly in South Africa.
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When the drug was legal, a common dose size via pill would’ve been 150 mg for someone who weighs 75 kg. It was prescribed for sleep and anxiety issues.
Quaaludes are taken in pill form or used in an HCL salt form. The vast majority of quaaludes in the world today are in pill form.
Quaaludes are non-medically used as a club drug or euphoric sedative. The drug can cause a feeling of heavy drowsiness at higher doses in humans, with high enough doses causing unconsciousness and motor control difficulty. High doses can also cause hallucinations, with the hallucinatory effects of quaaludes being unusually strong for a depressant. Users can expect some level of disinhibition and decreased cognitive function, as well as an enhanced sense of auditory input and libido. Stopping quaalude use abruptly can cause withdrawal in users. Increased anxiety and inability to sleep are two of the most prominent withdrawal symptoms.
Quaaludes are very addictive. Tolerance can develop within a couple days of repeated use. It takes up to two weeks for baseline effects when using this drug to return.
Inability to function normally without use of quaaludes
Stealing or performing risky acts to obtain quaaludes
Choosing to use quaaludes over spending time with family or friends
Unable to stop taking quaaludes
Before going into recovery, the real-life Jordan Belfort (of Wolf of Wall Street fame) was addicted to quaaludes.
Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski, both accused of heinous sexual assaults, made frequent use of quaaludes when drugging their victims.