It is classed as Narcotic Analgesic, along with Heroin, and is a Central Nervous System(CNS) depressant. It is prescribed when people are suffering extreme pain, such as terminal diseases like malignant cancers. It also contains cyclizine (3/4 by mass) to stop vomiting.
It comes in a pink, scored tablet, marked 'Wellcome' after the company that makes it. If taken orally, it produces a euphoric state. However if crushed and mixed with water and injected, a rush is experienced. Within seconds of being injected, it produces an overwhelming, inexplicable feeling. This last for a 20/40 seconds after which you subside into a euphoric bliss which gradually wears off over an hour or so. Auditory and visual hallucinations have also been reported.
In the beginning users mix 1½ - 2 Wellconal tablets with clean boiled or ampoules of sterile water, and this solution is then injected into a vein. The medical dosage for relieving pain is one tablet per 6 hours.
Physical and psychological dependency occurs rapidly, as well as tolerance. Addiction is almost inevitable. Not using for any period will result in loss of tolerance, and doses should be adjusted accordingly to prevent overdose. Signs of intoxication include pin-prick pupils (miosis), slurred speech and drowsiness, confusion, nausea, scratching, verbal diarrhoea and sweating. Side effects include weight loss, loss of appetite, loss of libido, long periods of sleep, apathy, mood swings, constipation, hypotension (low blood pressure), respiratory depression (inability to breath), vertigo and delirium. Health risks include liver and kidney damage, abscesses at the injection sites, danger of infections such as AIDS and hepatitis from sharing needles. Septicaemia often sets in and can result in terrible abscesses forming usually on the legs of the user. Death by over dose is a very real risk as well.
Wellconal collapses veins extremely easily and users soon find themselves shooting deep veins such as the groin and throat. Poor nutrition, personal neglect, and polluting the body lead to poor health.
Many Wellconal users die from an over dose. It is unusual for a user to live longer than the two to five years after becoming dependent. Users often slip into a coma and die even after having doses smaller than their usual. They often forget having had a shot directly after having it, and so they may have another and overdose. Because of this, Wellconal users should never use alone.
Signs of overdose include respiratory depression, hypotension, circulatory failure and a deepening coma as well as pin prick pupils. The pupils might dilate as asphyxia (lack of oxygen in the blood) starts. Urgent medical attention must be sought.
Further dangers arise when combined with other CNS depressants as well as alcohol and sedatives, which increase the risk of over dose, specifically respiratory depression. Combining with a CNS stimulant will reduce its effects and increase the temptation to up the dose, increasing the chance of over dose. It should not be taken within 14 days of taking a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI).