Inhalants are common household, industrial and medical products that produce vapours, which some people inhale (breathe in) to make them feel intoxicated or high.

Inhalants Overdose

Dangerous Signs:

If you inhale a substance many times or use a particularly strong inhalant, you could overdose. If you have any of the symptoms below, call an ambulance straight away by dialing 999 or 112:

  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Hallucinations
  • Blackout, seizures and coma Sudden sniffing death
Inhaling aerosol sprays, cleaning and correction fluids, and model airplane cement has been known to cause sudden death. It is believed that chemicals in these products can cause heart failure, particularly if the person is stressed or does heavy exercise after inhaling.

Common Down:

In the days after inhalant use, you may experience:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Mental numbness

Most of these long-term effects can be reversed if use is stopped. However, some inhalants, such as cleaning products, correction fluid, aerosol sprays and petrol can cause permanent damage. Some chemicals can build up in the body and damage the stomach, intestines, brain, nervous system, kidneys and liver.

Side Effects of

There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

The effects of taking Inhalants with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.