Do people use it for sex somehow? What is the effect? Just in the book,"Fight Club", the author describes this drug in a sex related context.

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    I edited your question to change amyl nitrate to amyl nitrite, which I think is what you meant. They're very different compounds so if you really did mean amyl nitrate, you can revert my edits.
    – Carey Gregory
    Jul 16, 2016 at 14:19

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Amyl Nitrite

Treats and prevents chest pain (angina pectoris).

And more pertinent for the question:

On the street, this medicine and others like it are sometimes called "poppers." They have been used by some people to cause a "high" or to improve sex. Use in this way is not recommended. Amyl nitrite can cause serious harmful effects if too much is inhaled.

Poppers are a name for inhaled nitrites which Amyl Nitrite is one of the most common. They can be lethal if used recreationally and cause vasodilation.

Poppers are rapid-onset, short-acting potent vasodilators that produce a rush characterized by warm sensations and feelings of dizziness. Poppers sometimes are used to facilitate anal intercourse because of their actions on the anal sphincter.

I have read reports about them being similar to Viagra and having a psychedelic effect. I have also included the Wikipedia link.

  • Thank you for this answer. However, I am just somehow confused, because the OP is asking about "Amyl nitrAte" and not "Amyl nitrIte", which are different substances in my knowledge. Probably this a typing error, but it would be nice if the OP (@Chank) could just clarify this. BR. MA Jul 16, 2016 at 11:34
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    @M.Arrowsmith I'm sure the OP meant amyl nitrite, so I edited the question accordingly.
    – Carey Gregory
    Jul 16, 2016 at 14:20
  • @CareyGregory. Ok. Thanks for the feedback. BR. MA Jul 16, 2016 at 18:59

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