“Ivory Wave” Bath Salts purchased in St. Louis area contain pyrovalerone

November 30, 2010, 6:29 pm

KTVI-Fox2 news in St. Louis ran a piece yesterday about “Ivory Wave Bath Salts”, a product that has been available in Britain and found to contain the stimulant MDPV. Recently it has begun to appear in the United States. Tests done by the St. Louis County Medical Examiners Office revealed that the local product contained¬†pyrovalerone and, apparently, lidocaine.

Pyrovalerone, a chemical related to MDPV, inhibits re-uptake of norepinephrine and dopamine, with little effect on serotonin. As such it has primarily stimulant effects without being a strong hallucinogen or entactogen. It is a Schedule V controlled substance in the United States.

Related posts:

U.K. set to ban Ivory Wave Bath Salts

Death in Britain: “Ivory Wave” (MDPV) or Diabetic Ketoacidosis

“Ivory Wave” identified as MDPV


  1. Mike Cadogan Says:

    Thanks Leon
    Ivory Wave has been a problem for the last few months in Australia also (http://lifeinthefastlane.com/2010/02/just-trying-to-get-clean-bro/). We are certainly starting to see more of the stimulant effects, but hallucinogenic side-effects are also very common.
    I am sure there will be many other substances ‘discovered’ in bath salts in the near future!

  2. Leon Says:


    Two questions:

    1) What sort of hallucinations are you seeing with Ivory Wave?
    Visual? Auditory? Both? Do they seem to go along with
    agitation? The Life in the Fast Lane post from
    February 6, 2010 didn’t mention hallucinations. Is this a
    manifestation seen only recently in relation to Ivory Wave?

    2) Has there been analysis of the Ivory Wave products in
    Australia that showed anything other than the MDPV found
    at the University of Sydney?

  3. Mike Cadogan Says:

    1) Hallucinations are generally visual, and yes they are associated with agitation. These manifestations are a newer phenomenon only occurring in the last month
    2) I am unaware of any further analysis of the Ivory Wave products in Australia