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Dextromethorphan, or DXM, is an over the counter 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 DXM are dramatic. The abuse has become so widespread that some pharmacies moved the medicine from the shelves, so that it can only be dispensed by the pharmacist.

Dextromethorphan Polistirex

Dextromethorphan Polisterix is the generic name of an extended-release liquid antitussive drug. It has many prescription brand names, some of the most common being Balminil DM which comes in a separate adult and child formula, Benylin DM, Cough-X, Pertussin, and Delsym besides many other names. Used widely by both adults and children, it serves one main purpose as a cough suppressant and comes with several precautions as is typical of most prescription drugs.

DXM Polistirex Uses

DXM Polistirex is typically used to temporarily relieve coughing that comes as a temporary symptom of a common cold, sinus inflammations, bronchitis, sore throat, or hay fever. The active ingredient, dextromethorphan, temporarily relieves nonproductive coughing by suppressing the actual cough reflex using a direct action targeted on the cough center of the brain, inside the medulla.

The drug has an onset of action that normally occurs within a half hour. As an extended release liquid, the duration of action for dextromethorphan polistirex can last up to six hours total. The average dosage is 10-20 milligrams every four hours or up to 30 milligrams per six to eight hours.

Dextromethorphan Abuse and Addiction

DextromethorphanSigns 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 (DXM 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.

Addiction to DXM

Even though addiction to dextromethorphan over-the-counter is not always taken seriously, it is a very real and dangerous addiction. Dextromethorphan is commonly found in hundreds of over-the-counter cough medications. First introduced in cough medications in the 1950’s, misuse of the drug was not discovered as a problem until much later.

Do You Have an Addiction to DXM Over-the-Counter?

The addictive property of Dextromethorphan is a substance called levorphanol, similar in structure to codeine. A narcotic, it is present only in small amounts when used correctly. When it is misused, it can produce varying effects such as disassociation and can make the user feel transported outside of the body. These are the feelings desired by one with an addiction to dextromethorphan over-the-counter.

The effects of dextromethorphan are similar to those experienced by PCP users. The effects, when used in very high amounts, can last anywhere from 7 to 14 hours, making it an attractive drug of choice for some. In most cases, withdrawal effects will be an issue when stopping dextromethorphan.

Treatment in a quality rehabilitation facility is the best option for any client with an addiction to dextromethorphan over-the-counter. The addict should be weaned slowly off of the drug, in a similar way that they are weaned off of any other drug. The goal is to get the addict completely off of dextromethorphan, and able to function again in the outside world the way they did prior to their addiction.

Dextromethorphan and Alcohol

Dextromethorphan and alcohol abuse are a dangerous combination that can only lead to trouble. It may have begun with a cold. You started taking cough syrup, had a few drinks, took a little too much medicine, and liked the way you felt. You kept it up until you were no longer medicating yourself, but were taking yourself on a mental trip (robotripping). Now you can’t stop and you don’t know how to regain control of your life. Everything is off kilter and you simply want to get off this crazy ride and have a normal life again. Dextromethorphan and alcohol are no longer your friends. They have become your enemies, and you want them out of your life.

Dextromethorphan and Alcohol Abuse and Addiction Treatment

Our inpatient rehabilitation facility is here to help you find balance in your life again without dextromethorphan and alcohol. Sometimes a problem comes along that is too big, one that you need help to overcome. We are prepared to get you back on track. Our sensitive staff members will tailor a treatment plan that is specifically geared to you and your goals. We will make you our top priority, and it is time you did the same. Life is too short to let dextromethorphan and alcohol take over.

Dextromethorphan Effects

There is an extensive list of dextromethorphan effects. This drug is a cough depressant, also known as an antitussive, which is most often found in a cough and cold medicines. These drugs are available to clients over-the-counter.

Unfortunately, DXM is used way too often by recreational drug abusers. Dextromethorphan Effects (robotripping) than they should, based on the directions that are on the bottle. As with any substance abuse, there are already side effects to taking DXM in the proper dose. Overdosing on this, or any other over-the-counter drug, as well as mixing these with alcohol introduces an entirely new list of risks.

Dextromethorphan Effects, Risks, and Dangers

Dextromethorphan EffectsInfants can suffer from sudden infant death syndrome if they are given any of this drug. Older clients may experience a body rash, itching, nausea, drowsiness, and difficulty breathing. These side effects are common under normal usage of a proper dose.

Recreational users face a whole different set of dextromethorphan effects. Hallucinations, disassociation, blurred vision, sweating, hypertension, diarrhea, and urinary retention are some of the most serious side effects. Dextromethorphan and dextromethorphan trips may also have links to Olney’s Lesions.

A little known fact is that drugs often have reactions with food and drinks. Clients need to be careful if they plan on mixing dextromethorphan with grapefruits or grapefruit juice. Grapefruits can also affect several other drugs, so they should be avoided if the client is on certain drugs.

DXM Dependency and Treatments

Our inpatient rehabilitation facility allows our clients to recover from their addiction to DXM 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 DXM dependent clients to help them return to a healthy and drug-free life.

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