What is
A Quaalude?

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What are Quaaludes?

Methaqualone, better known as Quaalude, gained widespread popularity in the 70s as a party drug because of its alleged aphrodisiac qualities and euphoric “highs.” The strange name leads many to ask What exactly is a Quaalude.

Referred to as “Disco Biscuits,” Methaqualone has come to represent the ultimate in downer drugs and has rated near the top of street drug “most-wanted” charts. Unfortunately, much of what is being passed on the streets today isn’t all pure, and most are more hazardous than Methaqualone.

In general, Quaaludes are very similar to alcohol and other depressants. Methaqualone combines both sedative and hypnotic properties. The drug produces depression of the central nervous system, and the onset of its effects usually occurs within 10 to 20 minutes of ingestion and may last 6 to 10 hours. It produces a high tolerance level, reduces heart rate, reduces respiration, and reduces muscular coordination and death.

Symptoms may include depression, sleepiness, slurred speech, and restlessness. Street names include ludes, Quaaludes, pillow, love drug, and 714.


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Effects of Quaaludes

Effects of use include relaxation, a high, and sleepiness. It consequently reduces the heartbeats per minute and respiration. Larger doses will create an onset of depression, muscular miscoordination, and unintelligible speech.

An Overdose Can Cause:

  • Delirium
  • Convulsions
  • Hypertonia
  • Hyperreflexia
  • Vomiting
  • Renal insufficiency
  • Coma
  • Possibly death through cardiac or respiratory arrest


Toxicity is treated with diazepam and sometimes an anticonvulsant.

Quinazolinone is also known as methaqualone which has been branded as Quaalude, Sopor, and Parent and taken as a sedative with hypnotic effects. It is similar in impact to barbiturates, having anxiolytic (drug used to reduce anxiety) effects, for the treatment of sleep disorder and as a sedative.