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A capsule or tablet of the illicit drug methaqualone.
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An addictive Schedule-II hypnotic-sedative quinazolone with barbiturate-like effects which, when it was legal, was used to reduce anxiety and tension. It was a popular drug of abuse, and it was linked to physical or psychologic dependence.

Clinical findings
Delirium, headache, nausea, pyramidal signs, convulsions, renal and cardiac failure; rarely, aplastic anaemia.
Oral, injected, sniffed, smoked.
Management of overdose

Toxic range
> 8 µg/mL, serum; > 300 µg/L, urine.
20–60 hours.
Serum, random urine.
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Methaqualone, see there.
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