Butanediol (Bd)

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How does Butanediol (bd) work?

Butanediol is converted to gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) in the body. GHB slows down the brain, which can cause loss of consciousness along with dangerous slowing of breathing and other vital functions. It also stimulates growth hormone secretion.

Are there safety concerns?

Butanediol is UNSAFE. It has caused serious illness and death. Some side effects of butanediol are breathing problems, coma, amnesia, combativeness, confusion, agitation, vomiting, seizures, and very slow heartbeat. People who use butanediol on a regular basis and then stop may experience withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, tremor, and anxiety.

While butanediol isn't safe for anyone, some people are at even greater risk for serious side effects. Be especially careful not to take butanediol if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have high blood pressure.
  • Your heart beats irregularly.
  • You have epilepsy.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. Butanediol might cause excessive sedation if combined with medications used during and after surgery.

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