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Dextromethorphan (DXM) Addiction

Content Overview: Dextromethorphan, or DXM for short, is a cough suppressant with opioid derivatives found in over a thousand over-the-counter medications in the United States. When taken as directed, DXM is non-habit forming, however when ingested in excess the potential for abuse is high. South Coast Counseling provides a state-of-the-art treatment program for those addicted to DXM that helps treat the core issues that lead to substance abuse.

Dextromethorphan addiction is not uncommon in this day and age. It is a cough suppressant that is available over the counter. Commonly referred to as DXM, it is easily accessible even by minors because it is available over the counter.

DXM abuse can make one appear intoxicated, similar to drunkenness. Other symptoms may include slurred speech and mild hallucinations, as well as short-term memory impairment. An altered state of consciousness can also occur, as well as the impairment of vision or other senses.

When DXM is taken properly, the normal dose is 10 to 29 mg every four hours to treat cold and cough symptoms. However, an individual who wants to become intoxicated may take from 250 to 1,500 mgs of the drug at a single time. In addition to the previously mentioned symptoms, a user may have confusion, nausea, a fast heartbeat, disorientation, dizziness and vomiting.


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Dextromethorphan (DXM) Addiction



the feeling of extreme pleasure or happiness.


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the feeling of being detached from one's body.


including difficulty walking, standing or balancing.

Facts About Dextromethorphan (DXM) Addiction

0 million
Americans age 12-15 used OTC medicines to get high.
0 ,858
emergency department visits in 2004 were directly linked to DXM.
0 -25
year olds who misused OTC cough medicines last year, 30.5% misused NyQuil® last year.

Dextromethorphan abuse can lead to peculiar behaviors, such as evasiveness, isolation, withdrawn behavior, inability to focus, changes in behavior and appearances. Studies estimate that anywhere from 1 in 10 to 1 in 20 teens abuse DXM.

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