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What should I know about amyl nitrite before using it?

Amyl nitrite may not be safe for those with anemia, glaucoma, overactive thyroid, low blood pressure or an allergy to one of the ingredients in the medication. It also may not be safe for those recovering from stroke, head injury or bleeding in the brain. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should check with their doctors before using amyl nitrite. In addition, this drug can cause side effects. Before you take it, you should be aware of the possible side effects and what to do if they occur. You should only take amyl nitrite when seated or lying down. In addition, be aware that amyl nitrite is highly flammable.

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