Cough syrup overdosing is nothing new. Even children overdose on it because of the high they get from consuming and slowly it turns into addiction.
DXM, or dextromethorphan is a chemical that acts as an effective cough suppressant when taken properly. More than 80 cold medicines available legally over the counter contain dextromethorphan. When a medicine, which has this chemical, is taken in excess it produces psychedelic effect. Because of its legal availability DXM overdose is hard to track and keep a record of.
Robitussin, the other name for it is Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant available over the counter in syrup as well as pill form.
Dextromethorphan is not addictive physically, but users who are entranced by its dissociative affects develop an addiction that’s more psychological. This also happens because this drug is widely and legally available over the counter.
Robitussin or Dextromethorphan overdose is a possibility that requires one to ingest a massive quantity of the drug. DXM is mixed with other chemicals for an added effect or in long run complicated medical problems.
More than physical DXM overdose, the possibility for panic or psychological breakdown as the result of a strong trip is more. Those who take it can become paranoid. There have been cases when such people get stuck in a “time loop” which means they will not return to their original perspective. Treating this order takes very long and is a gradual process.
Mixing DXM with other depressants can result in overdose and result in respiratory failure. When DXM and alcohol are taken together the affect is, vomiting and sometimes can lead to alcohol poisoning. Mixing DXM with serotonin-affecting hallucinogens like, Ecstasy may lead to Serotonin Syndrome and chronic depression.
Heavy, chronic use of DXM can lead to Olney’s Lesions to form on the brain. This type of brain damage can have an affect directly on memory, emotional behavior and cognitive ability. Some reports from research labs suggest that stopping Robitussin or Dextromethorphan Overdose can allow for minor damage to heal, more serious cases are where the patient’s mental deterioration continues even if he stops overdosing, this sometimes leads to epilepsy and psychosis on a permanent basis.
The risk of DXM overdose is real. It may not be life threatening, but will inevitably cause nausea and vomiting at high doses. In extreme cases when knowingly or unknowingly it is mixed with other things the harm it can cause may be permanent.
The safest advice is that if you read any of these symptoms; nausea, vomiting, itching or irritation on the skin, feeling confused, motor control loss, loss of sensory perception, rapid heartbeat, paranoia, muscle spasms etc, call a doctor or seek medical help at the earliest with relevant information. Things like for how long you have been overdosing on Robitussin or Dextromethorphan or with which other things and chemicals. The more information you give the better the doctor will be able to treat you.