What are the Signs and Symptoms of Phencyclidine abuse?

Phencyclidine(PCP) was used as a general anesthetic in the 1950s. But, due to its dangerous effects, it was banned by 1980s. PCP acts sometimes as a depressant and also as a stimulant. It causes hallucinogenic effects on users. Addiction of PCP can be detected by certain signs and symptoms.

Some of the physical symptoms of PCP abuse are:

  • Sweating
  • High blood pressure
  • Excessive saliva secretion
  • Convulsions
  • Fever
  • Abnormal fast heartbeat
  • Floating pupils
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness and drowsiness

Apart from these, certain psychological behavioral changes are also observed in PCP abusers. Some of them are:

  • Swinging of moods from passive to violence without any reason
  • Fear and terror
  • Over excitement
  • Lack of coordination
  • Poor judgment

You can also observe psychotic and anti-social behavior in PCP abusers. Various social problems are associated with the person. So when you find these signs and symptoms in an individual, you can confirm that he is addicted with PCP. Immediately, effective treatment has to be provided for avoiding further physical and mental health damage.

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