Gamma Butyrolactone (Gbl)
In this Article
- What other names is Gamma Butyrolactone (gbl) known by?
- What is Gamma Butyrolactone (gbl)?
- How does Gamma Butyrolactone (gbl) work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Gamma Butyrolactone (gbl).
Use of GBL, or the closely related gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and butanediol (BD), has been linked to deaths and cases of serious side effects. These serious side effects include bowel incontinence, vomiting, mental changes, sedation, agitation, combativeness, memory loss, serious breathing and heart problems, fainting, seizures, coma, and death. The effects can be made worse by alcohol or narcotics (opiates such as morphine, heroin, and others). Long-term use may lead to withdrawal symptoms including insomnia, tremor, and anxiety.
GBL is UNSAFE and should not be taken by anyone. Certain people are at even more risk for side effects.
Do not take GBL if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You have epilepsy or a seizure disorder.
- You have high blood pressure.
- You have an irregular heartbeat.
- You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. GBL might cause excessive sedation if combined with medications used during and after surgery.
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