The effects of the drug are never explicitly stated. Lack of use, however, can result in withdrawal due to physical dependence. When Jayden takes Triptocaine, it appears to cause euphoria/ feelings of pleasure.
Given the name of the drug, it may be an analogue or derivative of cocaine. It can also be assumed that it may be an anaesthetic (a numbing agent), because of the Suffix "caine." Other local anesthetics include Novocaine (procaine), Lidocaine, Benzocaine, and cocaine.
EffectsEditTriptocaine causes both physical and psychological dependence. Norman Jayden experiences cravings/ withdrawal symptoms linked to his Triptocaine use throughout the game. Like all drugs that cause physical dependence, once the body becomes dependent on the substance, a drop in the amount of the drug in the user's system will result in some form of withdrawal. For example, persons ending heavy use of caffeine or attempting to quit tobacco use often demonstrate irritability, restlessness, headaches, and other symptoms. Taking more of the drug, while in a state of withdrawal, alleviates symptoms.
It is not apparent why Jayden is using Triptocaine. It is also not clear exactly what the short or long term effects of the drugs are. Jayden appears to experience feelings of euphoria and pleasure when taking it; however, since he is shown to ingest it after experiencing distressing and possibly painful symptoms (shaking hands, blurred vision, increased heart rate, etc.), his reaction may be relief at the cessation of the symptoms.
One possible reason for Jayden's use of Triptocaine may be linked to his frequent use of ARI, Altered Reality Interface, a VR interface he uses during his investigations to collect, analyze, and collate evidence.
While it may be that Triptocaine has legitimate therapeutic uses in the Heavy Rain 'verse, Norman's use appears to be otherwise. Aside from his clear dependency on it, he is heard to berate himself regarding it and talks himself through resisting it implying he is trying to get/ stay clean.
Likewise, it is never made clear if Jayden's various deaths (when he is not killed by another character) are linked strictly to his use of ARI, strictly to his dependence on Triptocaine, or a combination of both.
When playing as Norman Jayden, the player can choose to have Jayden consistently resist taking the drug (there are two occasions where Jayden will "indulge" without the player being able to control his actions), or allow him to take it at each opportunity presented. The Epilogue Jayden receives at the conclusion of the game will be heavily influenced by the player's choices.
It is not clear what all of the effects of Triptocaine withdrawal are, though some appear to be:
- Shaking hands
- Pale/ clammy skin
- Hallucinations (via overdose or possibly prolonged usage)
- Blurred vision
- Death (via overdose or possibly prolonged usage)