Cough Syrup

Dextromethorphan & Codeine

What is cough syrup?

An OTC cough medicine used to fix the common cold. Which is generally inexpensive and can be purchased in the form of syrup, tablets, or lozenges at almost any local drug store.

How is the drug taken?

To take this drug most swallow a syrup or pill. Or some people who abuse this drug mix it with soda or juice to mask the original flavor. Or they dissolve the pill into a flavored water. In many cases the drug is taken by the spoonfuls or handfuls, if you are looking to get high.

Slang Names

  • Dex
  • Drex
  • CCC
  • DXM
  • Robo
  • Velvet Syrup
  • Tussin
  • Red Hots
  • Skittles
  • Orange Crush

Effects of Cough Syrup: Short Term

Short Term Effects (continued)

  • Dizziness
  • Hallucinations
  • Muscle spasms
  • Anxiety
  • Heart Attack
  • Numbness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Itchy Skin
  • Slurred Speech

Effects of Cough Syrup: Long Term

Long Term Effects (continued)

  • Depression
  • Liver and heart disease
  • Psychosis
  • Learning and memory problems
  • Coma
  • Death

Signs of Abuse

  • Constricted pupils
  • Nausea/ Vomitting
  • Dizziness/Confusion
  • Drastic change in behavior
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Signs of depression

Dependence or Addiction?

This is a psychological addiction. People usually take this drug to get a high similar to that of marijuana, and it works much faster. Once they take this drug once, it's very hard to stay away from.