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Ghb Poisoning

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  • Naturally occurring analog of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)
  • Used medically for narcolepsy
  • Nonmedical uses:
    • Bodybuilding agent
    • Euphoric agent
    • Date-rape/predatory agent
  • γ-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) precursors (γ-butyrolactone [GBL], 1,4 butanediol [1,4-BD], GHV [γ-hydroxyvalerate], and GVL) have same effects as GHB.
  • Onset of activity: 15–30 min after ingestion
  • Duration of effect: 2–6 hr


Deliberate or accidental ingestion of GHB

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TY - ELEC T1 - Ghb Poisoning ID - 307556 ED - Barkin,Adam Z, ED - Barkin,Roger M, ED - Hayden,Stephen R, ED - Rosen,Peter, ED - Schaider,Jeffrey J, ED - Shayne,Philip, ED - Wolfe,Richard E, BT - 5-Minute Emergency Consult UR - https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307556/all/Ghb_Poisoning PB - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins ET - 5 DB - Emergency Central DP - Unbound Medicine ER -