Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. It’s dispensed as a chewable tablet as lozenges, syrups, gelcaps, or capsules that are swallowed with liquid. One common cough suppressant form is Dextromethorphan Polisterix. Given at doses that are just enough to suppress the brain’s cough control center, it causes no changes in consciousness or psychological functioning at all; but if an individual starts taking it in higher and higher doses, the effects of dextromethorphan are dramatic. The abuse of dextromethorphan has become so widespread that some pharmacies move the medicine from the shelves, so that it can only be dispensed by the pharmacist.
Signs of dextromethorphan abuse begin with restlessness and euphoria, and progress to visual and auditory hallucinations, especially LSD-like hallucinations the individual can see with their eyes closed or when they’re in a dark room. At very high doses (dextromethorphan trip, robotripping )some people seem to experience bizarre out of body states where they confer with angelic beings or aliens. These effects and the dangers are increased when mixed with alcohol.
Dextromethorphan isn’t physically addictive, and it’s very hard to overdose on it unless it’s taken with other drugs like MAO inhibitors, but individuals can become dependent on it. After a time of dependency, they begin to suffer symptoms like fatigue, loss of memory, and an inability to feel pleasure. Individuals can also suffer from flashbacks, anxiety attacks, and psychosis.
Our inpatient rehabilitation facility allows our clients to recover from their addiction to Dextromethorphan in a safe and supportive environment. We understand that a psychological dependency can be as compelling as a physical one, so we offer our clients the services of a certified medical team, as well as group and one-on-one counseling. Because clients with addictions and dependencies so often neglect their diet, we also have nutritionists on staff who can see to their dietary needs.
As with our other clients, we work with our dextromethorphan dependent clients to help them return to a healthy and drug-free life.