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Dextromethorphan is a safe ingredient-when taken in the right dosage-included in over the counter cough medicine in the form of tablets, syrup or gel caps. There more than 100 over the counter medicine in drugstores that contain DXM. There are also some store brands, which contain DXM. You need to look at the bottle label and look for Dextromethorphan as an active ingredient.

Cough medicine abuse

Cough medicine abuse is to take a OTC medication which contains DXM is a dosage higher than what is prescribed on the bottle label. Addicts will take large dosage to get high. Abusing cough medicine is very dangerous for the health of the abuser. DXM is also abused with other substances such as alcohol and illegal drugs, which amplifies the effects and furthermore the danger of it. Hydrocodone-based cough syrup can also be addictive such as Hycodan, Hycomine and Tussionex.

In a recent study, it was found that cough medicine is a greater problem than what was actually thought. DXM abuse is widespread among teens. The study shows that over 2, millions teens have abused cough medicine and a lot have found the information on the Internet. Teens found disreputable information about DXM where it promotes the abuse of cough medicine. These sites even teach kids on how to extract DXM from the cough medicine, so they can snort it.

Did you know this about cough medicine?

10% of American children use cough syrup on a weekly basis, and many accidental overdoses have occurred among children. Cough syrups are purchased over the counter, and many arguments have been made for its effectiveness to suppress a cough.

The effects of cough medicine

The following effects will vary in strength and could be fatal depending on the amount of cough medicine taken:

  • Confusion
  • dizziness
  • double or blurred vision
  • slurred speech
  • loss of physical coordination
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • rapid heart beat
  • drowsiness
  • numbness of fingers and toes
  • disorientation
  • hallucinations
  • loss of motor control.
  • The side effects of DXM can be worsened if it is taken with other substances.

Prevention

Parents should educate themselves about cough medicine abuse. Monitor your child's Internet use. Make sure that your child knows that abusing cough medicine is very dangerous. constantly safeguard the location of medications in the house and beware of the quantities in the bottles. Always know who your teen's friends are. These are good advice to make your kid does not get addicted to cough medicine.

Is cough medicine addictive?

It might come as a surprise that cough medicines can be as addictive as any drug. The active ingredients in some of these cough medicines are psychoactive Definition of the word , which are usually over-dosed for such purposes. Due to the easy availability of these medicines in local stores, they are abused.

How long does cough medicine stay in your system?

The most common form of detecting drugs in the system is through urine tests. Cough medicines in urine can be detected in 1-2 days for infrequent users while for frequent users, it can stay within the system for up to 4-5 days.

How to detox from Cough Medicine

Most cough medicines are found over the counter, but contain dextromethorphan. Prescription cough medicines will contain codeine; both drugs are addictive and will require a supervised detox facility. Dextromethorphan and codeine will cause withdrawal symptoms that can be managed with other prescription medications while in detox.

References
http://www.drugfree.org/Files/Preventing_Teen_Cough_Medicine_Abuse/