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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

DMX Overview

Cough Syrup Addiction TreatmentDextromethorphan is a cough suppressant that affects the signals in the brain that trigger the cough reflex, while guaifenesin acts as an expectorant. Robitussin DM is the brand name cough syrup that combines dextromethorphan and guaifenesin. As a result, Robitussin DM is used to treat a cough, but is not effective in treating a cough that is caused by smoking, asthma or emphysema. Robitussin DM is available as an over-the-counter cold medication. On the street, its use is known as Robo-tripping or skittling. Brand name medications that offer are similar in makeup to Robitussin DM include Allfen DM, Altarussin DM, Aquatab DM, Benylin Expectorant, Drituss DM, Extuss LA, Fenesin DM IR, Glycotuss-DM, Guaifen DM, Mucinex Children’s Cough, Mucinex DM, MucusRelief DM, Naldecon DX Liquigel, Relacon LAX, Respa-DM, Robitussin Cough & Congestion, Tussi-Bid, Tussi-Organidin DM NR and Vicks 44E.

DMX Signs of Abuse

  • Empty cough medicine boxes or bottles in the trash of your child’s room or in your child’s backpack or school locker
  • Purchase or use of large amounts of cough medicine when not ill
  • Missing boxes or bottles of medicine from home medicine cabinets
  • Hearing your child use certain slang terms for DXM abuse, such as skittles, skittling, tussin, robo-tripping, robo, CCC, triple Cs, dexing, and DXM
  • Visiting pro-drug websites that provide information on how to abuse DXM
  • Internet orders, the arrival of unexpected packages, or unexplained payments by credit card or PayPal account

Effects of DMX Abuse

Effects from cough medicine abuse include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Slurred speech

DMX Withdrawal Symptoms

While it may be difficult to believe considering the taste, some individuals do take to consuming too much Robitussin DM and can develop and addiction. Much like that of narcotic drugs or prescription medications, if a person develops a dependence on Robitussin DM, problems arise in cessation. If the individual stops taking the cough syrup abruptly, he or she can experience withdrawal symptoms. Any and all of the following symptoms can occur in the Robitussin DM withdrawal stage:

  • Restlessness
  • Muscle aches
  • Bone aches
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Cold flashes

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