Citation: Anon. "A Big Mistake: An Experience with Syrian Rue & Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) (exp36772)". Erowid.org. Jan 11, 2008. erowid.org/exp/36772
I was going to try LSA again via Hawaiian Baby Woodrose for the second time, hoping to achieve stronger effects than I had before. In order to accomplish this goal I decided to take some Syrian Rue. I never got as far as the LSA.
I took a single Dramamine pill as recommended about half an hour before. This had worked wonders on my last experience. Having ground about a teaspoon worth of syrian rue, I put roughly half of it into a very small glass that I filled with a bit of lemon juice and water. This I let steep for about 15 minutes. I found on sampling it that I had added way too much lemon juice for it to be tolerable, so I poured a bit into another small glass which I filled with water, diluting the concoction. I did this three times, guzzling each glass as quickly as I could.
Almost immediately I felt a severe stiffness in my neck, slight disorientation and a bit flushed. I realized that I may have made a crucial error by not checking if Dramamine was a compatible drug with MAOI's. I hadn't seen it in any of the common lists of drugs and foods to avoid, so I hadn't thought much of it. I should have dug a bit deeper. I jumped online and with just a few keywords searches found plenty of information warning against the combined use. I ran to the bathroom and forced myself to puke. I hadn't eaten in 11 hours or so, so this was a bit difficult. Finally I forced up some mucus and seed bits.
At this point it was too late, but thankfully I had only ingested about 1/4 to 1/2 of a gram of the seeds - though how much alkaloid content was in the water I drank is unknown. Adverse symptoms would persist for several hours. These included headache pangs around the temples, acute numbness in various parts of the body, flushing, and a feeling of fever which may have been genuine. It was a very uncomfortable experience. I drank a lot of water to try and flush my system as quickly as possible.
I am very glad I took so little of both substances. Had I taken more Syrian Rue I could have spent the night in the hospital, or suffered a worse fate.
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