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Frequently asked questions

How’s PCP consumed?

PCP comes in the form of a tablet, liquid, or powder that can be used on its own or sprinkled on cigarettes (joints).

What are PCP’s side effects?

Side effects of PCP use include numbness, loss of coordination, disorientation, confusion, dizziness, nausea, hallucinations, feelings of detachment, increased heart rate, and high blood pressure. PCP can create psychedelic effects that might last for days or weeks, as well as psychotic symptoms that are similar to schizophrenia.

How long does it take to feel PCP effects?

If the substance is smoked, the effects might be felt within two to five minutes (the drug is usually applied to a leafy material, such as mint, parsley, oregano, or marijuana). 

How does PCP work?

PCP is a noncompetitive NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) and glutamate receptor antagonist, but it also interacts with other receptor sites and may have effects on dopamine, opioid, and nicotinic receptors.

What are the long-term effects of using PCP?

Long-term PCP users suffer memory loss, speech and language impairments, depression, and weight loss that can last up to a year after stopping the drug.

What does PCP withdrawal look like?

PCP withdrawal symptoms can include diarrhoea, chills, headaches, sweating, tremors, craving, confusion, and depression.

How long do the effects of PCP last?

PCP's effects usually last 6 to 24 hours, however, they can last up to 48 hours in some people. Effects on persons with a lot of body fat can come and go or fluctuate from a few days to months in people with a lot of body fat.

Does PCP have any interactions with other drugs?

When PCP is combined with other substances, such as prescription, over-the-counter (OTC), and recreational drugs, the risk of major side effects and overdose increases. This is especially true when it is combined with depressants for the central nervous system (CNS). The combination can produce dangerously slow breathing, which can lead to respiratory arrest or coma.

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