Modified on 2009/10/14 21:45 by admin
Gamma-butyrolactone, or GBL for short, is a chemical found in a variety of products ranging from household solvents to nutritional supplements. The sale of GBL as a nutritional supplement is now illegal.

When ingested, GBL is converted to gamma hydroxybutyrate or GHB, an extremely toxic substance. At least one person has died after taking a product containing GBL and over fifty others have experienced nausea, violent behavior, tremors, slowed heartbeat, problems breathing, seizures, problems thinking clearly, and coma. Products containing GBL include, but may not limited to, Blue Nitro or Blue Nitro Vitality, GH Revitalizer, Firewater, RenewTrient, Revivarant or Revivarant-G, Remforce and Gamma G.

GHB was first synthesized in 1960 and, before its harmful potential became known, was sold at health food stores as a dietary supplement. In the '80s, GHB was popular among bodybuilders because of its supposed ability to release a growth hormone and stimulate muscle growth.

But in 1990, based on more than 30 reports of GHB-linked illness, FDA declared the product unsafe and illegal except in the carefully controlled environment of agency-approved drug studies. Still today, however, GHB continues to be illegally promoted, not just for inducing an uninhibited high and for building muscles, but also for combating depression, aiding sleep, and fostering weight loss.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officially cites more than 45 deaths and 5,500 emergency room overdoses associated with GHB. Since 1990, the Food and Drug Administration has issued multiple warnings to consumers about the drug's sometimes-deadly effects.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious side effects associated with GBL or GHB. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Performance Enhancing Supplements: Overview
  2. Bradycardia / Slow Heartbeat: Overview
  3. Breathing: Overview
  4. Coma: Overview
  5. Delirium: Overview
  6. Nausea: Overview
  7. Seizures: Overview
  8. Tremors: Overview
  9. Violent Behavior: Overview
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