In this Article
- 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. GHB can be addictive. Long-term use may lead to withdrawal symptoms that are serious enough to require hospitalization.
GHB also has some major interactions with prescription medications.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: GHB is UNSAFE. Don't use GHB if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It's been linked with life-threatening side effects.
Slow heart rate (bradycardia): GHB should be avoided since it can cause bradycardia.
Epilepsy: GHB might cause seizures in people with epilepsy. Avoid use.
High blood pressure: GHB might raise blood pressure. Avoid use.
Surgery: GHB can affect the central nervous system. There is a concern that it might cause too much sleepiness if it is used along with anesthesia and other nerve-numbing medications used during and after surgery. Stop using GHB at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
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