The Addictive Properties of Gravol
While Gravol is a well known over the counter medication used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, dizziness, vertigo, and motion sickness, it may also be misused by some individuals as a sleeping aid or to get high.
Gravol contains the drug dimenhydrinate. This antihistamine type medication is a salt composed of two drugs – diphenhydramine and 8-chlortheophylline. The 8-chlortheophyline is actually a mild central nervous stimulant used in Gravol to counteract the sedating effect of the medication.
Dimenhydrinate acts on a person’s respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, as well as constricting their blood vessels. Gravol also works by inhibiting chemical receptors in the brain that trigger vomiting.
Using Gravol to “Get High"
Unfortunately, some people abuse Gravol in order to obtain a “cheap high". Since Gravol is relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain, this trend is particularly common among adolescents and teens. Others may misuse the medication in order to cope with their insomnia. In many locations, pharmacists keep Gravol behind the counter in an effort to control its sale and ensure that the medication is being used appropriately.
Large doses of Gravol may induce visual and auditory hallucinations and cause the user to feel “high". This is a dangerous practice, as ingesting too much Gravol may cause paranoia, agitation, memory loss, sluggishness, and fatigue. Other side effects may include increased heart rate and blood pressure, dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, and trouble speaking. Mixing Gravol with alcohol or other drugs will intensify these side effects. Alcohol addiction or substance abuse combined with any medications including non-prescription ones can result in serious health risks.
The sedating effect of Gravol can be especially dangerous if a person is driving a motor vehicle or operating a piece of machinery. Even at recommended doses, Gravol can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, and blurred vision. Some individuals may experience a lack of concentration and/or poor motor coordination.
Chronic use of Gravol for any purpose can result in a person developing a tolerance to the medication. This can take place after using the medication for just a few days. Individuals who take Gravol to experience feelings of well-being and euphoria will find that they need to take more of the medication to feel the same effects. These addictive properties of Gravol may cause a person to overdose in an effort to take enough medication to provide the same feelings of well-being as they experienced in the past.
Side-Effects of Chronic Use of Gravol
Chronic or long-term use of Gravol may cause depression, confusion, vomiting, urine retention, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue. These side effects may exagerate poor social skills and affect a person's ability to function.
Overdosing on Gravol is a medical emergency. Confusion, irrational behavior, lack of muscle coordination, high fever, and seizures are just a few of the serious side effects. An untreated Gravol overdose may result in serious heart and respiratory complications, coma, or death.
Users who are addicted to Gravol, and have developed a dependency on the drug will experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop using it abruptly. Unpleasant and uncomfortable symptoms such as excitability or lethargy, irritability, discomfort, weakness, nausea, depression, amnesia, loss of appetite, and stomach cramps may occur.
Although some individuals may believe that abusing Gravol is no big deal, the health implications can be serious. Anyone suffering from an addiction to Gravol is encouraged to seek professional help in order to safely come off the medication.