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Defense sprays that can be purchased for your use are all similar in nature and commonly known as tear gas, mace, or pepper spray. Tear gas has been used for many years by police as a method of riot control. Mace is able to deter an assailant with pain. This however, may not be effective for persons who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. On the other hand, pepper spray causes a number of different effects including respiratory inflammation. This has a better ability to temporarily disable someone who is under the influence or mentally disturbed. After spraying pepper spray at an assailant run immediately away. Defense sprays can help to incapacitate the criminal but it does not paralyze them.