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Is Robitussin Syrup Addictive?

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Robitussin, also called dextromethorphan (DXM), is a medication that is sold over the counter for the treatment of colds and coughs. DXM is a popular ingredient found in over 100 different cough and cold medications. When it is used properly, this drug is effective in the management of symptoms from the common cold by helping the person be able to sleep and allow the body to heal itself. When it is abused, the drug can be unknowingly dangerous to the user. Any time the drug is taken in larger than recommended doses to get high it is considered abuse. This drug commonly comes in either liquid or tablet form. Is Robitussin Syrup Addictive

Dangers of Addiction to Robitussin

Regular abuse of Robitussin can lead to the development of addiction. This drug has been popularized by many hip-hop stars and rappers calling it “purple drank” or “sizzurp”. This is a cocktail containing the Robitussin medication as well as soda and candies and is taken solely to get high. The recommended safe dosage for DXM is between 15 MG and 30 MG within four hours. There are 4 levels, or plateaus, associated with DXM/Robitussin abuse. The first plateau occurs when a dosage between 100-200 mg is taken. It is shown to result in feelings of stimulation. The second plateau happens with doses of 200 mg to 400 mg. The most common effects at this level are visual hallucinations and euphoria. The third level occurs between doses of 300 mg to 600 mg. Symptoms become more serious including hallucinations, euphoria, visual distortions, impaired motor function, and coordination. The fourth plateau occurs from doses at 60 mg or more and the symptoms are the most extreme. When this drug is taken in excessive doses, 600 mg or more, it can act as a dissociative anesthetic and mimics the effects of other drugs such as PCP or Ketamine. Side effects can last for up to 6 hours. Abuse of this drug comes with a lot of signs and symptoms such as:

  • Euphoria
  • Feelings of detachment from the body
  • Extreme sedation
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Dizziness
  • Hallucinations
  • Double vision
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Itching
  • Numbness
  • Symptoms of psychosis
  • Racing heart
  • Vomiting

Addiction to this drug can often happen without much warning. You start out taking it for fun, and before you know it, you find doing anything sober extremely difficult. DXM abuse can also have a big impact on a person’s life. When a person becomes increasingly preoccupied with taking the drug, their relationships and responsibilities can be damaged in the process. They will start seeing difficulty with family members, close friends, and find it difficult to maintain school or work obligations

Robitussin Addiction Help at Evoke Wellness at Miramar

Robitussin abuse and addiction is not something that should be taken lightly and may need the help of a medically assisted detox. If you or someone you love has developed an addiction to Robitussin, Evoke Wellness at Miramar is here to help. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for those who are struggling with a substance abuse disorder. Drug abuse of any kind is considered dangerous and should be treated in a facility with medical professionals and staff. With the help of our team of therapists, we offer one on one, group therapy, as well as many other specialized options to fit each person’s needs. Treatment requires a multi-layered approach for maximum success. Addiction isn’t an easy thing to face. Luckily you do not have to face it on your own. Our admissions counselors and professionals are available around the clock. We are ready to help you or a loved one overcome the disease of addiction. Now is the time to change your life. Let us help you do it.