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Methaqualone, commonly known by the street name of Quaaludes, is a central nervous system depressant that functions as a anxiolytic and sedative drug. First introduced as a safe barbiturate-like alternative from India, methaqualone quickly caught on with recreational drug users. The tablets had been legally prescribed in strengths of 150 and 300 milligrams. However, in 1984, quaaludes were outlawed in the United States due to its widespread abuse. This caused severe limitations on supply, which fueled a frenzy of quaaludes consumption by users who wanted to get their fill before the availability ran dry.

Recently, the movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" vividly displayed frequent and chronic use of Quaaludes among Wall Street stockbrokers just a few decades ago. It is largely unavailable today in the United States, and accordingly, usage is exceedingly rare.

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About Methaqualone (Quaaludes) Drug Tests

Intended Effects of Quaaludes

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Methaqualone can have profound depressive effects on the central nervous system. It functions by lowering chemical levels in the brain and nervous system. This causes blood pressure to drop and slows breathing and pulse rates, resulting in a state of deep relaxation. People take quaaludes to obtain feelings of:
  • relaxation
  • sleepiness
  • euphoria

Side Effects of Quaaludes

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Methaqualone is synthesized from compounds including anthranilic acid, N-acetylanthranilic acid, and N-acetyl-o-toluidine. However, illegal drug laboratories manufacture counterfeit pills and use "fillers" such as talcum powder and heroin, which makes the drug that much more dangerous to ingest.

Paraesthesias, or a pins and needles sensation is also a reported side effect. Users of methaqualone can experience a higher pain threshold, resulting in injuring themselves without realizing it. Since the drug also slows down thought processes, actions to avoid serious injuries may be ignored or drastically slowed.

Methaqualone effects peak one to two hours after being ingested, with the full effect lasting up to eight hours. Users who take this drug on a regular basis, can quickly build up a tolerance to it, requiring greater amounts to achieve the desired effects. This can result in the shutdown of the central nervous system which can lead to coma and in worse cases, death.

The effects of methaqualone are intensified through the addition of alcohol and other drugs. When used in combination of these substances, the adverse effects will be enhanced and even low doses could result in complications leading to death. Similarly, a methaqualone overdose is often fatal. Some common quaalude side effects include:
  • diarrhea
  • stomach cramps
  • nausea and vomiting
  • headache
  • chills
  • irregular heartbeat
  • skin rash and itching
  • slurred speech
  • seizures
Clearly, methaqualone use can result in a host of serious side effects that can lead to severe physiological damage and even death. And, since the law makes it a banned substance, users can face heavy fines and possible imprisonment.  If you suspect usage, drug testing is a critical first step (and ongoing need) to help users overcome addiction.

how long does methaqualone stay in your system?

Methaqualone can be easily detectable through urine tests for up to 72 hours after the last ingested dosage. Hair drug testing has a much longer detection timeline.

Urine Drug Tests

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Our Urine drug tests with 10 or more panels will detect methaqualone, including our 10 panel through 25 panel tests.

Hair Drug Tests

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Our 12 panel or 14 panel hair drug test will detect methaqualone.