I wonder if everyone here is talking about the same thing. I believe
the original “poppers” were amyl nitrite, not amyl nitrate, though
both are vasodilators. The nitrite is used for cyanide poisoning, and
as a prescription angina medication. The only use I’ve come across
for the nitrate is organic synthesis, and as a fuel additive.
In college, I was a lab assistant in chemistry. In the qual/quan
analysis lab, we had a huge syringe filled with a mix of sodium
thiosulfate and something else I don’t remember. The students were
told they would be injected with it in case of cyanide poisoning.
If cyanide poisoning is treated with nitrites, immediate medical
attention is still needed, because the treatment itself is