This Is Your Brain on Drugs

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Prescription, illicit, legal, homegrown — drugs are part of our lives, for better or for worse. They help cure disease, quell a fever or just make you high. How well do you know your drugs? Take this quiz to find out.

You're taking this drug because it's a cheap alternative to cocaine or meth.

Bath salts, a relatively new drug, contain chemicals similar to amphetamines. Some places sell them over-the-counter, making them extremely dangerous to young people.


After taking this drug, you experience blue-tinged vision.

One of the possible ocular side effects of higher doses of Viagra is blue-tinged vision.


When you take this drug, the hallucinogenic effect you experience is due to a substance called psilocybin.

Hallucinogenic mushrooms get their active ingredient from psilocybin, which affects the functioning of serotonin in the brain.


You can't stop grinding your teeth. What drug are you on?

One of the side effects of ecstasy (or MDMA) is bruxism, which is clenching or grinding your teeth.


You need to lower the levels of glucose in your blood. What drug are you on?

Insulin lowers the levels of glucose in the blood, a necessity for people with diabetes.


If you are taking a pill that affects serotonin levels in your brain, you're on:

Lexapro is commonly used for anxiety and depression, and belongs to a class of drugs called SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors).


You're wired and overstimulated, and your blood pressure is heightened. You just took some:

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that causes your blood vessels to constrict, causing your blood pressure and heart rate to rise, giving you that "rush."


Miley Cyrus made headlines in 2010 when a video of her taking a hit of this drug hit YouTube.

Most people didn't even know what salvia was until Miley Cyrus made it famous. The <i>salvia divinorum</i> plant has hallucinogenic effects when smoked.


You need this drug to treat the manic episodes of manic depression.

Lithium helps treat manic depression and bipolar disorder. Manic symptoms include hyperactivity, poor judgment, aggression and reduced need for sleep.


You took a "smart drug" so you could stay up all night cramming for finals. What drug are you on?

Adderall, commonly prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is often abused by students to try to get an edge on studying.


You're pretty sure you just saw a purple dragon walking up the living room wall. You just took some:

One of the strongest hallucinogens out there, LSD alters your perception of reality and distorts visual sensations.


You're suddenly developing bad acne, you're hostile and aggressive and (if you're male) your testicles are shrinking. What drug are you on?

Some steroids mimic testosterone, and are for medical use only. However, they have a high potential for abuse by athletes trying to perform better. They also have creepy side effects.


You're often scratching at your skin, and you've developed some pretty nasty dental issues. You have a problem with:

Two hallmarks of meth addiction are feeling insects under the skin and marked dental problems (also known as "meth mouth").


Your urine is red, but it's not blood. You're probably taking:

The drug phenazopyridine, used for urinary tract infections, has the startling side effect of turning your urine red.


A few days after taking this pill, you receive several packages from Amazon you don't remember ordering. You likely had a reaction to your:

Zolpidem, the generic name for Ambien (a drug for insomnia), can cause some people to sleep-eat, walk, shop or, frighteningly, drive.


TMI alert: This weight-loss drug became more famous for making its users poop their pants than for actually helping people lose weight.

Alli was designed to prevent the body from absorbing fat. If patients exceed the recommended allowance of fat per day, that fat needs to go somewhere else. Yuck.


This drug, which comes from poppies, has some of the worst withdrawal symptoms, as heavy users feel effects in only a few hours.

The withdrawal effects of heroin include bone pain, diarrhea and vomiting. Users build a tolerance to heroin quickly, so they need more and more to get the same high.


Used outside the United States as a sedative, this drug can psychologically and physically incapacitate you.

Rohypnol, commonly known as the "date rape" drug, is illegal in the U.S. because of its criminal use (typically slipped into a victim's drink).


In an effort to quit smoking, the medication you're prescribed makes you become aggressive and experience night terrors. You're taking:

The smoking cessation drug Chantix has some disturbing side effects for some, including anger, night terrors and even suicidal ideations.


You're going through chemo and using a drug to stimulate your appetite. Your friends keep asking if they can have some. You're using:

The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, can help stimulate appetite in patients going through chemotherapy or other medical procedures.


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