Cough Medicine Rehab Centers and Detox Programs in the United States

Last updated: Friday, 01, October 2021


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 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.

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Cough medicine abuse

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.

The effects of cough medicine

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

  • Abdominal pain

  • Confusion

  • Disorientation

  • Dizziness

  • Double or

  • Blurred Vision

  • Drowsiness

  • Hallucinations

  • Loss of motor control

  • Loss of physical coordination

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Numbness of fingers and toes

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Slurred speech

The side effects of DXM can be worsened if it is taken with other substances.


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, 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 medical detox facility. Dextromethorphan and codeine will cause withdrawal symptoms that can be managed with other prescription medications while in detox.

What is Hycodan?

Hycodan has an opioid drug in it. It is generally used to relieve the pain that follows through coughing and can be taken with or without food, but it is recommended to be taken with food if you have an upset stomach. Taking extra doses can lead to addiction.

What is Hycomine?

Hycomine is a combination of hydrocodone, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine. Hycomine belongs to the group of drugs that are known as antitussives (cough suppressants). By affecting the cough center in the brain, it suppresses your cough. Overusing it will lead to physical and psychological dependence.

What is Tussionex?

Tussionex is a mixture of hydrocodone and chlorpheniramine. It is used to treat runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and cough, which results from common cold or flu. Overusing Tussionex leads to addiction, which has life-threatening side effects.


Marcel Gemme, DATS


on October 1, 2021

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.