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Quaalude : Introduction, Side-effects, Overdose and More

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  1. Introduction
  2. Is this drug legal
  3. Uses
  4. Is this drug available
  5. Dosage
  6. Overdose
  7. Side effects
  8. Quaalude dependence and misuse
  9. Precautions


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Quaalude is also known as Methaqualone which contains 300mg of methaqualone and is sold as a combination of the drug under the brand name Mandrax. Wallace and Tieman patented this medicine in the United States in the year 1962. The use of this drug had increased to treat insomnia and muscle relaxant in the year 1970.

In the year 1950, Quaaludes were first synthesized in India and was launched in the United States in 1960. After that, it became popular as a recreational or club drug that was used in discos and also known as ‘’disco biscuit’’.  Now Quaalude is an illegal drug, which is available in several names such as Quack and Mandies. The production of Methaqualone in the United States was under the name of Quaalude with the number 714 stamped on the tablet.

Is this drug legal

This drug is not legal in the United States. Previously US President Ronald Reagan banned the production and sales of the drug as a prescription and signed the legislation into law in the year 1984.


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This drug is a sedative, which enhances the activity of the GABA receptors in the brain and nervous system and is the same as barbiturates and benzodiazepines. When the activity of GABA rises, reduce blood pressure that leads to a state of deep relaxation. That’s why this drug is used in the treatment of insomnia. This medicine encourages sleepiness, feeling of euphoria, and relaxation by lowering the blood pressure and slows the pulse rate. Quaalude is used as a recreational drug due to its euphoric (high) effect.

Is this drug available

The United States banned the legal production of this drug. But the manufacturing of this drug in Mexico and still used in India and South Africa are available in different names.


This medicine was available in capsule and tablet form with different strengths. The dose between 75mg to 150 mg for light sedation and from 300mg to 600mg was used for strong sedation. The dose of this drug more than 300mg is harmful to new users.


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The overdose of this drug may cause seizures, coma and increase the risk of death. These drugs are manufacture in illegal labs so the strength and content may not know, which is very dangerous for you. A dose of 300mg of this drug may be dangerous for new users and death may occur if this drug is taken with alcohol.

Side effects

There are some of the common side effects after using this drug are listed below –

  • Vomiting
  • Rashes
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating
  • Problem in breathing
  • Itching
  • Abnormal cramps
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Tingling sensation in legs and arms

This drug may also cause impotence and problem in achieving orgasms. It also causes loss of muscle control and mental confusion in high doses. The use of this may also increase the risk of an accident and may be death.

Quaalude dependence and misuse

The misuse of this drug creates a barbiturate-type dependence. Quaalude is highly addictive and frequent users that they need to take a high dose for a euphoric effect. It makes this drug very harmful and overdose may cause death. It can cause withdrawal symptoms and is the same as barbiturates are listed below –

  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Weakness
  • Seizures
  • Mental confusion


There are several common precautions for those people who use this drug are as given below –

  • This drug may not be taken with alcohol that increases the depressant effect and may be fatal.
  • The overdose of the drug may very harmful for users as it may cause seizures, or may be death.
  • This drug is not approved for pregnant women as may harm an unborn baby.
  • Do not take this drug with alcohol as it may enhance the depressants effect and may be fatal
  • After taking this medicine, do not drive any vehicle or avoid any physical activities as it may cause dizziness.


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