What are the long-term effects of inhaling aerosol sprays?

Between the ages of 13–17 I inhaled a variety of aerosol sprays. Will I have sustained any long-term damage?

It’s certainly a good thing that you stopped inhaling aerosol sprays. Recreational solvent use is very dangerous and the risks and effects are often underestimated. It’s a leading cause of substance use-related fatalities.

The long-term effects of aerosol inhalation are still being researched, but it seems that most of the short-term damage from the chemicals in the solvents is reversed once the user stops. However, there’s the possibility of long-term damage, including brain damage and liver or kidney damage.

Symptoms of long-term damage include slurred speech, hearing problems, vision problems, memory loss, problems concentrating and depression. If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms you should consult your local doctor (GP).

For more information about aerosol inhalation, or any other drugs, contact Frank on 0300 123 6600 for free and confidential advice and support.

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