Aphrodisiac drug-induced hemolysis

Ruth Stalnikowicz, Yona Amitai, Yedidia Bentur

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Volatile alkyl nitrites have been used during the past decades for "recreational purposes," and for intensifying sexual experience. Their use has been associated with methemoglobinemia and hemolysis. We report three patients who presented over the past year with acute hemolysis after inhalation of butyl nitrite, two of them had glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-316
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Toxicology - Clinical Toxicology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Alkyl nitrites
  • Aphrodisiac drug
  • Hemolysis
  • Methemoglobinemia


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