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- What other names is Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (ghb) known by?
- What is Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (ghb)?
- How does Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (ghb) work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (ghb).
Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is UNSAFE and illegal for use as a dietary supplement. Use of GHB, or the closely related gamma butyrolactone (GBL) and butanediol (BD), has been linked to at least three deaths and 122 cases of serious side effects. GHB can cause many serious side effects including headaches, hallucinations, dizziness, confusion, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, agitation, diarrhea, sexual arousal, numbing of legs, vision problems, tightness of chest, mental changes, combativeness, memory loss, serious breathing and heart problems, seizures, coma, and death. Long-term use may lead to withdrawal symptoms.
Do not use gamma hydroxybutyrate if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You have epilepsy or a seizure disorder.
- You have high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat.
- You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. GHB might cause excessive sedation if combined with medications used during and after surgery.
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