A popular recreational drug of the 60s and 70s. Quaaludes (Methaqualone) are a group of CNS depressants classed as "hypnotic sedatives" with a similar effect to alcohol. Effects are sedation, decrease in anxiety, loosening of inhibitions, and loss of balance. Some people experience pleasant body effects. Side effects include disorientation, extreme sedation/sleep, grogginess the next day, and memory loss. One should be careful not to combine quaaludes or benzodiazepines with alcohol or other CNS depressants (opiates, ghb, etc). They are synergistic drugs and can greatly amplify the effects and side effects of each drug, and cause extreme illnes and possibly death. The manufacture of quaaludes was ceased in the early 80s due to drug abuse.
Doctors used to prescribe qualudes for anxiety.