How it Works

Phencyclidine (PCP)

The Short-Term and Long-Term Effects

PCP, also known as angel dust, is an addictive drug. This drug can cause psychological dependence, craving, and compulsions. The short term effects of PCP are nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, and dizziness. When it is taken with another depressant, like alcohol, it can have sedative effects. High doses of PCP can cause a drop in heart rate, pulse, and respiration. The long-term effects of PCP are memory loss, difficulties with speech and learning, depression and weight loss.

How it Effects the Brain

PCP effects many neurotransmitter systems in the brain. PCP stops the absorption of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. Receptors in the brain are also affected by PCP. The complex effects on the chemical system in the brain is what causes the behavior problems.
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