Cough medicine contains an active ingredient known as dextromethorphan (DXM) and is used as a cough suppressant. Cough medicine is legal and can be purchased over the counter by anyone in most states. DXM is used to relieve a cold-related cough. Vicks, Robitussin, and NyQuil contain DXM and can be addictive. Many people use DXM because a normal drug test will not detect it. That encourages more people to use DXM, which results in addiction.

Other ingredients in cough medicines can cause liver damage, seizures, vomiting, loss of coordination, and fast heart rate. Some people who abuse DXM separate the other ingredients using chemicals, which can be easy to get. There are websites that sell pure DXM powder, making it more convenient and easily accessible without the side effects of acetaminophen and guaifenesin.

Teens are very susceptible to addiction, especially when they experiment with drugs or alcohol. Drug addiction affects a teen’s brain, which does not finish developing and growing until he or she is their lower to mid-twenties.

Teens tend to be impulsive and often do not consider the consequences of their actions. DXM abuse alters critical thinking, awareness, coordination, movement, and speech. Similar to most substances, DXM increases the risk of reckless behavior and results in organ failure, overdose, or early death.

Here are signs to look for if you suspect your loved one is abusing cough medicine:
  • Finding empty bottles or containers of medicine in their room
  • Buying large amounts of cough syrup when they are not sick
  • Visiting websites that promote DXM use
  • Using slang words for DXM, which include skittles, tussin, robo-trippin, or dexxing
  • Changing routine or interests
  • Becoming hostile and severe mood changes

If you or your loved one is battling an addiction to cough medicine-containing DXM, get help today. Recovery from addiction is possible with the right treatment. Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in treatment for DXM addiction. Do not wait to get help. Make the life-saving decision to get treatment now.

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