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About The Captagon Pill

Context:

Recently, after Arab League reinstating Syria as its member, the discussions on the trade of Captagon pills have taken the centre-stage once again.

Relevance:

GS II: Health

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Captagon Pill
  2. Side Effects

Captagon Pill

  • Captagon is a highly addictive amphetamine-type drug that was originally produced with fenetylline, a synthetic drug belonging to the phenethylamine family.
  • It was commercially sold in several countries until the 1980s but was later banned due to concerns about its addictive nature.
Effects of Amphetamine-Based Drugs:
  • Amphetamine-based drugs, like Captagon, stimulate the central nervous system.
  • They provide a boost of energy, enhance focus, promote wakefulness for extended periods, and induce feelings of euphoria.
  • The effects of these drugs typically last for 7 to 12 hours, with a peak effect occurring one to three hours after oral consumption.
  • They can remain in the blood for approximately 36 hours.

Side Effects:

  • The use of amphetamine-based drugs can lead to various side effects.
  • These drugs can cause loss of appetite, resulting in weight loss.
  • They may also lead to heart problems, including a fast heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and even heart attacks, which can be fatal.
  • High body temperature, skin flushing, memory loss, impaired cognitive function, and the risk of stroke are additional side effects associated with these drugs.

-Source: Indian Express


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