What Is Aprofene? An Old-School Soviet Psychedelic?
Last updated : June 19, 2024

What Is Aprofene? An Old-School Soviet Psychedelic?


Got bored of tripping on LSD, psilocybin mushrooms and DMT? Are you looking for thrills? Then you might be interested in Aprofene also known as Taren – an old-school Soviet psychedelic, one of the rarest and most potent hallucinogens ever sold on the darknet




What is Aprofene (Taren)?


Aprofene is a Russian pharmaceutical, developed in the USSR in the 1960s. In medicine, Taren is used to combat organophosphate poisoning, because its active compound (2,2-diphenylpropanoic acid N, N-diethyl aminoethyl ester hydrochloride) tackles intoxication symptoms. Moreover, Aprofene has proven to be effective in treating stomach ulcer, vasospasms and abdominal spasms. 

Aprofene produces strong psychoactive effects when taken by a person who isn’t poisoned. Psychonauts report severe visual, auditory and tactile hallucinations, blackouts and profoundly altered state of consciousness. Until the late 1990s, the drug was included in all Russian army first aid kits. However, in 1998 the government listed Aprofene in the Controlled Psychotropic Substances Schedule and it disappeared from all AFAKs.

Aprofene was quite easy to find in the USSR because each soldier got a pack of pills. After the prohibition, Taren got on the black market and was primarily sourced from abandoned military storage facilities. Nowadays, it is rarely used as a recreational drug. Most people don’t like Aprofene trips and describe them as terrifying and unpredictable. But old-timers often recall Taren with a feeling of nostalgia for the long-gone Soviet era. 

Aprofenes used by Russian doctors for easing spasms and treating gastrointestinal tract diseases, that’s why drug dealers sell it on the dark web. Some say that you can still find Tarenpills inside abandoned Soviet military bases. So, if you visit one of them, look for small yellow plastic boxes.


Image: Aprofene found in a bomb shelter


Aprofene Side Effects


The average dose of Aprofene for recreational use is two 25 mg pills. The most common adverse after-effects that occur in people taking the drug include:

  • excessive thirst;
  • nausea and vomiting;
  • urinary retention;
  • constipation;
  • blurred vision;
  • high fever;
  • drowsiness.

Tripping on Taren is like a journey to another odd universe, which seems to be real no matter how weird it is. Users often talk to furniture, cars, buildings and other inanimate objects, behave madly and remember nothing about a trip afterwards. Aprofene induces eye disorder myopia and massively disrupts vision, that’s why people experience many hallucinations. Psychonauts often see bursts of light, feel “glued” to the ground, have an exaggerated sense of height and weight, as well as lose short-term memory. Paranoia, anxiety, panic and acute stress are the major factors leading to bad trips. It is worth noting that Aprofene isn’t addictive and all side effects usually wear off within 5-8 hours.


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Aprofene Trip Reports


Here’re some reviews made by Russian psychonauts who tried Aprofene:

  1. Taren frightens. Every time I take it, I travel to some shadowlands and find myself in a kind of dark pit of hell. I’ll never forget one trip, when my friend Aleksey and I were walking across a forest, laughing hysterically and watching our ears grow up to the size of elephants’ ones. We had sharp and long noses and huge mouths, filled with hundreds of shark teeth. We had better get out of that wood.
  2. I remember Aprofene. It’s an evil thing. After taking two pills, I climbed a tree and began shouting at non-existent pigeons to come and peck corn.
  3. The effect was always the same – I was hazy, had intense hallucinations and talked to dead people.
  4. The problem is not in hallucinations. Yes, they are terrifying but give me a lot to think. Instead of myself, there always appears another person, and that is the most horrible experience. Every ten minutes, this strange individual hides in a bathroom and tries to get out through the wall. After that, the creature almost tears off the thumb of the right hand, pinching it with a door. Why? I don’t have a clue.

Taren is undoubtedly not a harmless substance to trip on. The question is how worthy it is for consumption? Aprofene psychoactive effects and adverse reactions are similar to Datura. If you’ve swallowed about 200 plant seeds, you can imagine Aprofene’s mechanism of action. In two words Taren trip can be described as crazy and weird. Even today the drug is available on the darkweb for those who are into such high and want to feel the taste of Soviet psychedelics – bitter, hardcore and odd.



Where to Buy Aprofene?


Aprofene was out of production in 1987. That’s why all Taren pills sold on the dark web are taken from old first aid kits. The offer is quite limited – I found only one vendor dealing the drug on Hydra marketplace.