What are depressants?
Depressants are bright coloured tablets that are swallowed. They can be given out legally by doctors to use for medical reasons, but are also legally abused.
Types of depressants
Short term effects
Slow brain function
Slow pulse and breathing
Low blood pressure
- Difficulty or inability to urinate
Long term effects
impaired sexual function
convulsions (similar to seizures)
depression and other mental health issues
What depressants do
When they are prescribed by a doctor, depressants can calm nerves or relax your muscles. However larger doses of depressants can cause confusion, bad coordination, low blood pressure, and slow heart rate or breathing. Someone who takes depressants might have slurred speech, an inability to concentrate, or may fall asleep easily.