This medication is prescribed to relieve patients suffering from coughs caused by the common cold, the flu and other respiratory conditions. Dextromethorphan is in a class of drugs known as antitussives. This class of drugs reduces the brain’s activity that induces coughing. DXM functions as a dissociative anesthetic. DXM is available in liquid form, chewable tablet form, dissolving strips, extended-release suspension liquid and in lozenge form. Unfortunately, teenagers and middle schoolers who engage in dextromethorphan abuse like to “chug” cough syrup (known as robiting, robo-tripping, or skittling ). Taking the drug in large doses can lead to death.
There are several over-the-counter cough suppressants that contain dextromethorphan including Alka-Seltzer, Bayer, Comtrex, Contac, Robitussin and others. Side effects can last up to six hours depending upon the amount consumed and the combination of drugs taken
Symptoms of Dextromethorphan Side Effects
Cost of DXM Abuse to Society
The U.S. Department of Justice has reported an increase in DXM abuse due to the illicit sale of the powder. Illegal labs are manufacturing DXM in tablet form as well, but these tablets tend to be mixed with ecstasy or methamphetamines making this combination extremely dangerous.
Withdrawal Symptoms of Dextromethorphan (DXM)
Addicts can use between three to four bottles of dextromethorphan daily. Withdrawal symptoms should be managed by an physician certified in addiction treatment and detox should be immediately followed by an addiction treatment program.
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