Dextromethorphan (DXM) is an active ingredient found in cough medicine and is used as a cough suppressant. DXM is a legal drug that can be purchased by anyone, including preteens in most states. Over-the-counter medications, such as Vicks, Robitussin, and NyQuil contain DXM and are used to relieve a cold-related cough. Many people abuse medications containing DXM to get high and develop an addiction. A normal drug test will not detect the drug, which encourages more people to use it.

The other ingredients in these medications can cause liver damage, seizures or coma, vomiting, loss of coordination, and fast heart rate. Some people who abuse DXM separate the other ingredients using chemicals, which can be easy to attain. Certain websites sell pure DXM powder, making it more convenient and accessible without the side effects of acetaminophen and guaifenesin.

Teens are very susceptible to addiction, especially when they experiment with drugs or alcohol. Substance addiction causes harmful effects on the teen’s brain, which does not finish developing and growing until he or she is their lower to mid-twenties. Teens are impulsive and often do not consider the consequences of their actions. DXM abuse affects critical thinking, awareness, coordination, movement, and speech, as with most substances heightens reckless behavior and results in organ failure, overdose, or early death.

Here are signs to look for if you suspect your teen is abusing cough medicine:

  • Empty bottles or containers of medicine in your teen’s room or backpack
  • Large amounts of cough syrup purchased when not sick
  • Visits to websites that promote DXM abuse
  • Slang used for DXM, such as skittles, tussin, robo-trippin, or dexxing
  • Changes in routine or interests
  • Hostile attitude and mood changes

If you or your loved one is battling an addiction to cough medicine-containing DXM, you are not alone. Recovery from addiction is possible with the right treatment. Cypress Lake Recovery specializes in treatment for DXM addiction, which encompasses healing for the mind, body, and soul. The compassionate staff at Cypress Lake Recovery is committed to the overall health of every client. Do not wait. Call an addiction specialist today.

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