Phencyclidine better known as PCP was initially developed as an intravenous anesthesia medication in the 1950s but was later discontinued for human use due to its severe side effects. However, it soon found its way into the illegal drug market and gained popularity as a recreational substance.
One of the key reasons phencyclidine is highly problematic and addictive is its unpredictable nature. It can lead to a wide range of psychological and physical effects, including hallucinations, distorted perceptions, and feelings of detachment from one’s body. Additionally, phencyclidine can cause agitation, aggression, and even self-destructive behavior.
Short-term effects of PCP, a dissociative drug, include altered sensory perceptions, feelings of detachment, confusion, hallucinations, increased heart rate and blood pressure, redness, sweating, nausea, numbness, and coordination issues. Higher doses can lead to psychotic symptoms, panic, aggression, violent behavior, severe physiological changes, and potentially death. Combining PCP with depressants like alcohol or benzodiazepines can result in extremely slowed breathing, coma, or respiratory arrest. PCP use can also necessitate medical sedation to manage psychosis or aggressive behavior and can lead to dangerous actions due to altered perceptions.
Long-term effects of PCP can persist for over a year after stopping its use and include anxiety, social withdrawal, speech and memory difficulties, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Repeated PCP use can lead to tolerance, dependence, withdrawal symptoms, and the development of a substance use disorder or addiction, characterized by compulsive use despite harmful consequences.
The addictive properties of phencyclidine can take a toll on your overall well-being, affecting your relationships, work, and personal life. Recognising the signs of addiction to phencyclidine is essential. Common indications may include a strong craving for the drug, neglecting responsibilities, and experiencing withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit.
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