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Other drugs 

Other drugs
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Other drugs
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10.1093/med/9780198714750.003.0016
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date: 26 May 2019

Chapter 16 of Addiction Medicine addresses the range of drugs which are used by individuals for their psychoactive effects, but which fall outside the most common drug categories. Substances covered in this chapter include commonly misused but typically legal substances such as caffeine, guarana and energy drinks, solvents, and inhalants. It also includes psychoactive substances which are most common in the developing world (e.g. areca nut (betel/pan), kava, and khat). Drugs which are often used as recreational or party drugs are covered: (e.g. gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), gamma butyrolactone (GBL)). Drugs which are used to enhance sexuality (e.g. nitrites) or to build muscle bulk (anabolic steroids) are covered. This chapter also describes over-the-counter drugs which are misused, such as antihistamines and cough suppressants. It also describes the constantly changing array of emerging or designer drugs. For each drug, pharmacology, effects, clinical manifestations and management are described.

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