The Medical Guide


Medical Terms and Glossary

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Acid Class A Drug.
Trips cannot be controlled, changed or stopped. A bad trip can be terrifying, which requires help and reassurance from others. Mental health problems can be triggered and existing conditions made worse.
Aerosols In the UK it is illegal for retailers to sell butane gas refills to anyone under 18. Also illegal for solvents to be supplied to people of any age in the knowledge that they are to be abused.
Hangover for a day or two. Nausea, vomiting, blackouts, bad cough, spots/sores around mouth, persistent cold and heart problems.
Inhaling with a plastic bag can cause suffocation. It is extremely dangerous to squirt gas into the mouth as this can cause sudden death. Never chase anyone sniffing solvents as their heart may suddenly stop beating.
Long term: Damage to brain, liver, kidneys, nervous system, lungs and reproductive organs.
Alcohol Hangover including dehydration, headache, nausea and depression. Intoxication can lead to aggressive/irrational behaviour and accidents.
Regular heavy drinking can cause stomach disorders, cancer of mouth, throat and gullet, liver cirrhosis, brain damage, high blood pressure, problems with the nervous system, sexual and mental health problems.
Alkyl nitrites Prescription-only medicine.
Headaches, nausea, and bulging eyes. If spilled it can burn the skin and may be fatal if swallowed. People with anaemia, glaucoma and breathing or heart problems are most at risk.
Regular use can lead to tolerance (greater amount needed to produce same effect) and an increase in risks listed above.
Amphetamines Class B Drug (or Class A if prepared for injection). Reduces appetite and ability to sleep.
Some users may feel tense and anxious while using and afterwards many feel very tired and depressed. The drug can cause sudden death from heart attack or stroke.
Frequent high doses can cause panic, hallucination and weight loss. Heavy long-term use places strain on the heart and can cause mental illness. Amphetamines are addictive.
Anabolic Steroids Class C Drug.
Sports enthusiasts claim steroids make them able to train harder and can help build muscle mass. The drug can also make users feel more aggressive.
Taking steroids can mean normally calm people can becoming aggressive or even violent. If you're young, anabolic steroids can affect the natural development of the body.
Long term usage can lead to paranoia, confusion and sleep problems.
You could also experience dramatic mood swings and suffer long-term depression. Steroid use can lead to increased blood pressure and increases the liklihood of liver failure, stroke or a heart attack.
Anthrax Anthrax is a severe infection caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis. It comes in two forms, inhalation anthrax and cutaneous (skin) anthrax.
Although a vaccine exists, it is only recommended for those at risk from an occupational exposure.
Antibiotic Resistance Antibiotics are important medicines. They help fight infections that are caused by bacteria. Antibiotic resistance (when an antibiotic is no longer effective) is now a major cause of concern.
Antimicrobial Resistance Antimicrobial resistance is the ability of a micro-organism to withstand an antimicrobial agent.

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