Tussin dm cough syrup

Tussin DM

Generic Name: dextromethorphan and guaifenesin (DEX troe me THOR fan and gwye FEN e sin)
Other Brand Names: Aquatab DM, Broncotron, Coricidin HBP Chest Congestion & Cough, DayQuil Mucus Control DM, Delsym Cough Plus Chest Congestion DM, Fenesin DM IR, G-Zyncof, Mucinex DM, Phlemex, Robitussin Cough + Chest Congestion DM, Safetussin DM, Siltussin DM, TabTussin DM, Zyncof

Medically reviewed by P. Thornton, DipPharm Last updated on Apr 4, 2019.

What is Tussin DM?

Tussin DM contains a comination of dextromethorphan and guaifenesin. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant and guaifenesin is an expectorant.

Tussin DM is used to treat cough and chest congestion caused by minor throat and bronchial irritations, the common cold, and allergies.

Tussin DM helps loosen phlegm (mucus) and thin bronchial secretions to help drain bronchial tubes.

Tussin DM will not treat a cough that is caused by smoking.

Important Information

Do not use Tussin DM if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine.

Before taking this medicine

Do not use Tussin DM if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if this medicine is safe to use if you have:

  • a cough with mucus; or

  • asthma, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis.

Ask a doctor before using Tussin DM if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

This medicine may contain phenylalanine. Check the medication label if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).

How should I take Tussin DM?

Use Tussin DM exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Cold or cough medicine is only for short-term use until your symptoms clear up.

Always follow directions on the medicine label about giving cough or cold medicine to a child. Do not use the medicine only to make a child sleepy. Death can occur from the misuse of cough or cold medicines in very young children.

Measure liquid medicine carefully. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

The recommended dose of Tussin DM is 10ml every 4 hours for adults and children 12 years and over. Do not take more than 6 doses in any 24-hour period. Tussin DM is not intended for use in children under 12 years of age.

Drink extra fluids to help loosen the congestion and lubricate your throat while you are taking Tussin DM.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days, or if you have a fever, rash, or headaches.

If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time if you have taken Tussin DM within the past few days.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Tussin DM is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. Skip any missed dose if it’s almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking Tussin DM?

Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how Tussin DM will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.

Drinking alcohol with this medicine can cause side effects.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using other cough or cold medicines that may contain similar ingredients.

Tussin DM side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Tussin DM: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • mood changes;

  • severe headache; or

  • severe dizziness or anxiety, feeling like you might pass out;.

Common Tussin DM side effects may include:

  • dizziness, drowsiness;

  • sleep problems (insomnia);

  • diarrhea; or

  • feeling nervous, restless, anxious, or irritable;.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Tussin DM?

Avoid using Tussin DM with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing (such as opioid medicine, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures).

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine if you are also using any other drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Some medicines can cause unwanted or dangerous effects when used together. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Tussin DM only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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Robitussin Ac

Generic Name: codeine and guaifenesin

  • What is codeine and guaifenesin?
  • What are the possible side effects of codeine and guaifenesin?
  • What is the most important information I should know about codeine and guaifenesin?
  • What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking codeine and guaifenesin?
  • How should I take codeine and guaifenesin?
  • What happens if I miss a dose?
  • What happens if I overdose?
  • What should I avoid while taking codeine and guaifenesin?
  • What other drugs will affect codeine and guaifenesin?
  • Where can I get more information?

What is codeine and guaifenesin?

Codeine is a narcotic cough suppressant. It affects the signals in the brain that trigger cough reflex.

Guaifenesin is an expectorant. It helps loosen congestion in your chest and throat, making it easier to cough out through your mouth.

Codeine and guaifenesin is a combination medicine used to treat cough and chest congestion caused by allergies, the common cold, or the flu.

This medicine will not treat a cough that is caused by smoking, asthma, or emphysema.

Codeine and guaifenesin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of codeine and guaifenesin?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Like other narcotic medications, codeine can slow your breathing. Death may occur if breathing becomes too weak.

A person caring for you should seek emergency medical attention if you have slow breathing with long pauses, blue colored lips, or if you are hard to wake up.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • noisy breathing, sighing, shallow breathing;
  • a slow heart rate or weak pulse;
  • severe dizziness or drowsiness;
  • confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior;
  • little or no urinating;
  • severe constipation; or
  • slow heart rate, weak or shallow breathing.

Serious side effects may be more likely in older adults and those who are overweight, malnourished, or debilitated.

Common side effects may include:

  • constipation; or
  • mild drowsiness.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about codeine and guaifenesin?

Codeine can slow or stop your breathing, and may be habit-forming. MISUSE OF THIS MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.

Do not give this medicine to anyone under 18.

Diabetic Tussin DM Maximum Strength Cough Suppressant & Expectorant Liquid4 fl oz

Relieves Coughs – Soothes Throat Irritation — Relieves Chest Congestion

Safe! Sugar, Alcohol, Sodium Fructose, Sorbitol, Codeine, Dye Free.

For people on special diets. The Diabetic Tussin Difference: Sugar restricted diet: Diabetic Tussin is 100% free from sugar, alcohol, honey, fructose, or sorbitol. Sodium restricted diet: Diabetic Tussin is 100% free from sodium. Diabetic Tussin is also 100% free from narcotics, decongestants, and dyes.

Persons with Diabetes: Consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product or any other medication. Diabetic Tussin does not contain any medication to improve or relieve any existing condition other than cough and lack of expectoration.

Your doctor or pharmacist is your best source of information on any of our family of diabetic products.

Questions? 1-800-899-3116 or visit diabeticproducts.com

  • Take every 4 hours. Do not exceed 6 doses in 24 hours
  • Adults and children 12 years and over: 10 mL (2 teaspoonfuls)
  • Children under 12 years of age: ask a doctor

Other Information:

  • Phenylketonurics: contains phenylalanine 8.4 mg per teaspoonful (5 mL)
  • Store at room temperature 20-25°C (68-77°F)
  • Keep tightly closed

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dextromethorphan hydrobromide / guaifenesin tablet

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Dexromethorphan Hydrobromide (DM) is the the cough suppressant ingredient in most over the counter ( OTC ) cough medicines. It was introduced back in the late ’60s as a substitute for codiene, which was the the usual, frequently abused cough suppressant ingredient at the time (such as in Robitussin AC, which was a combination of alcohol and codiene). DM is actually an analog of an opiate ( Meaning that it was engineered from opiates), but does not register as an opiate, nor does it have any of the usual opiate characterictics, such as anesthesia, sedation or physical withdrawl. So, if you’re looking for an opiate high, you are looking in the wrong place. Technically, it’s molecular structure has been changed so much that its closest chemical cousin is actually Phenylcyclidine (PCP), but is little closer to Ketamine in it’s effects. In the recreational sense, its an extremely powerful disassociative hallucinogen of such potency that I would easily put it in the same catagory of strength with LSD and mushrooms ( In fact , in some cases, and doses, I would consider it to be more powerful, but thats just me. Also, I had the privilege of getting most of the LSD in my life shipped from Haite Street in San Francisco, so I know good LSD…), but with noticably different effects. I really could go on for pages and pages with what I have researched, experienced and tested with this drug, but for lack of space and the fact that I don’t want to have to write for ten pages or more, the rest will be the important bullet points. Also, if you want the whole kit and kaboodle on DM, look up William H. White’s FAQ on DM ( Or DXM as they might call it, I forgot. For the Editors, this is a reference to document at a research site. If you have to, just delete the name and keep the rest, but it will make it hard for them to find it. Also, please delete this part of this piece…) at Lycaeum ( Or Lyceaum ) .org. He did research that makes what I say look like it was written by a kindergartener. I think its somewhere around 125 pages at this point, if I’m not mistaken.
1) Contrary to popular belief, it is not the viscous syrup or the smell and taste that makes you want to throw up. If you drink the cough syrup ( which is what I would recommend ), it is one of the other common ingredients, Guaifenesin, that is present in Robitussin DM. It has the medicinal purpose of, basically hydrating your phlegm so its easier to cough up. It’s side effect is to make you physically ill if you take too much ( I have no idea if that was the maker’s secondary intent, but…). Personally, I think that it has a nice synergistic effect with the DM hallucinogenically ( I think I used to say that it made the high more ” Chunky”…) and, personally, I wouldn’t drink any thing else. BUT, if you think that you might end up tossing your cookies, you can also try Robitussin Maximum Strength which has a slightly higher DM content per volume and has no Guaifenesin in it. I just think that it has a different feel to it and that Robitussin DM has more of a “dreamy” effect than the others, especially the generics. I still say, if you think you can get past the mild nausea, take the regular Robitussin DM.
2) DON’T take any of the other types of cough medicine with other ingredients in them, because they usually have a negative effect in such high doses. This includes Coriciden-D pills. A person I once knew took so many that when he woke up in the hospital, they said he was this close to liver failure. If the syrup or pills you are taking have any other ingredients other than DM or Guaifenesin, just don’t take the chance. You might not end up in the hospital, but you’ll more than likely have a bad time. The few times I strayed, I know I have. Plus, most experienced people think this way.
3) As for dosage, There is an actual DM calculator in William H. White’s DM FAQ, but if you don’t want to take the time to research this ( Which I would also recommend. If you are going to do ANY drug recreationally, you should know as much as humanly possible about it first. ) It goes like this: If you are a normal, healthy teenager or older, start out with 4-5 ounces/110-139 pounds, 5-6 oz./140-169 pounds, 6-8 oz./170-209 pounds and so on. If it is your first second or third time, DO NOT much more than that at a time and I mean more than an ounce. It is not like codiene or alcohol where another pill or drink will get you that much more high. Its more like one or two hits of LSD for the inexperienced is good, but any more than that and you’ll be out of control in a bad way. I had friends that tried it for the first time, loved it and couldn’t wait to try it again. So the next weekend, even though I told them not to do more than normal, they took twice what they were supposed to and spent the next six hours wandering around my house almost crying that they wanted it to stop and saying that they thought they were actually in Hell. Trust me on this, until you get a handle on the experience, don’t experiment.
4) Have a little bit of something harder to digest like a little meat or some peanuts in your stomach to get a lot of stomach acid flowing to break down the syrup. A lot of what aids in your throwing up that your stomach can’t break down all that syrup fast enough. Plus, don’t drink it on a full stomach. Always have a few gulps of a chaser like chocolate milk ( It helps cover up the taste…) BEFORE and AFTER ( It also helps make your stomach more comfortable. Also, to dispell any stupidity, people have often said, “But the milk will curdle in my stomach”. Dumbass, milk curdles in your stomach no matter what you do. And, no matter what idiot tells you otherwise, no one in the history of man has ever gotten sick from spoiled milk. They get sick from the SMELL of spoiled milk. What do you think SOUR cream and yogurt is…? ) Once you drink it, try to follow it with a handful of peanuts to scrape the medicine feeling off your esophagus (sometimes that menthol-y feeling can make you nauseaous ). Also, don’t have any alcohol for a couple of hours or you WILL throw up. Don’t be a macho asshole, heed my warnings or reap the consequences. Sorry if I got a little pissed in this section. Many people did it their way, threw up and then blamed me, ya %$#&*#@*&^%@#$…!
5) This is most important when taking Robitussin: Try to stay active. Not too much, just walking or standing up, after you drink it. I can’t tell you how many times people didn’t listen to me and just sat in a chair afterwards and ended up not feeling it because it never got a chance to digest, or, more often than not, fell asleep. In the worst cases, it didn’t digest properly and the minute they stood up, they raced to the bathroom to hurl. Just try to stay relatively active after you drink it and after about 45 minutes or so, you MUST take a walk. This is probably one of the most important rules. Everyone that took a walk with me the first time ( the activity kicked in the effects…) ended up having a great time. And don’t worry, as soon as you catch the “thread” of the trip, it will hit you like a brick and you won’t be wondering anymore.
6) Listen to what I just said above. Almost every person that did it “their way” either had a bad time, they didn’t feel it or they threw up. Almost everyone that did it my way had a wonderful time until they realized that they couldn’t stand drinking that horrid stuff anymore, usually around the third or fourth time. And thats everybody, even the ones who said that they loved the taste of cough medicine. I consider it to be one of the most vile, repugnant tastes and stenches in the world and anyone who’s drank it recreationally more than once, agrees wholeheartedly. Please trust me on this, I know of what I speak.
7) Unless you are more experienced at it, it is a BAD idea to mix other drugs with it. It has a very synergistic effect with most drugs, causing them to amplify each other, especially Pot. But like I said above with taking too much, smoking Pot with it before you know what to expect with DM is almost always an ” OMG, please make it stop” kind of baked. Once you get a handle on doing DM, though, it can almost be a religious experience. Other good combinations to experiment with LATER are alcohol ( very nice ), LSD, mushrooms, small amounts of Ecstacy ( be careful, too much is bad for your heart rate and blood pressure), ETC. Once you get past the novice stage, you can (carefully) experiment with all sorts of things. I would stay away from cocaine and meth, though. Hallucinogens and speed do NOT go well together, trust me. Plus, I read a long time ago that the antidote for DM is cocaine, but that is now a thirty year old book.
8) Music sounds fantastic and magical. If you haven’t yet experienced this with LSD or mushrooms, sit in a dark room, put on the trippiest music you can find and close you eyes. The effect is probably one of the most incredible things the human mind can experience.
9) Once the DM is digested after a couple of hours, don’t worry about eating or drinking anything. The chances of you throwing up are very small.
10) Contrary to another person’s entry in this web site, DM has no effect on your pupils. The dialation effect associated with LSD is not from the acid ( this is an urban myth. Also, contrary to popular belief, after studies were done on several different kinds of LSD from diferent places in the U.S., none of it contained any strychnine. People used to put a little in with weak LSD because it had a hallucinogenic effect. It is NOT a by-product of making LSD… ), it is from the by-products and impurities. I had the fortune of getting a hold of some extraordinarily clean LSD years and years back and there was no dialation whatsoever to the point that when I told my even more experienced friend about the acid, he took off my sunglasses and studied my eyes for a few minutes. When he saw that there was no dialation ( due to any non-present by-products in the LSD ), his reply was an incredulous, ” Unheard of…”. He promptly took two hits that night for the first time in three years and was mystified. And sorry for the tangent.
11) As stated before, DM has no opiate-like effects, is not physically addictive, a far as I know does not show up in drug tests ( But don’t quote me on this ) and is, as far as I’m concerned, one of the safest drugs on the planet. For one thing, you can count on always getting pure product, since it comes from a pharmacy, so you don’t have to worry about by-products, impurities or it being poisoned or spiked. Also, as far as I have tested, its not dangerous to take for long periods of time. As an experiment, I took it all day, every day for months and months ( I’m not exactly proud of this, but I learned a lot about myself and ” The universe, man…”) and when I stopped, the worst withdrawl I got was being a little cranky and a small amount of diarrhea. Not that bad. On a personal note, even though I have slowed down over the years and rarely imbibe, If I was stranded on a desert island and could only bring one drug with me, I would pick Robitussin DM. And to give you an idea of my background, along with formerly being an extremely ethusiastic student of every chemical I could get my hands on, I was, unfortunately, more than once, a heavy “Opiate” user, if you get my drift. Even if that drug was on the list of the ones I could pick from, I would always pick DM.
8) If you are going to use drugs, use THEM, don’t let them use you. With education, being careful and responsible ( for yourself and others…) and learning from your mistakes, doing this drug could actually teach certain things to you and make you a better person. I can’t believe I said that about ANY drug, but in my case its true.
12) DON’T blab about this or your experiences to just anyone. If we’re not careful, use of this drug will get out of control and they’ll eventually ban it. You don’t want that, do you? And I don’t want to have to find you and pinch you really hard, so be careful with doing it, where you do it, when you do it (NOT at SCHOOL, you idiot…) and who you do it with or in front of. When I was a teenager, I stupidly let my next door neighbor do it and ten minutes after drinking it, she said, ” I have to go to dinner with my folks now…”. Lets just say that when I heard the phone ring an hour later, I was already hiding in the basement…
13) And for GOD’s SAKE, heed the warnings and teachings of myself and others. We’ve been through it on every level and we ( well, I’d like to think, at least, I ) know what we’re talking about. BUT, if it sounds like we don’t, research it yourself. If something ever sounds fishy or far fetched to you in life, never feel foolish to ask questions or find out the truth for yourself. Anyone that makes you feel stupid for wanting to know the absolute truth about things is an asshole and scared that you’re smarter than he is. The only way you learn, and you never stop learning, is to ask questions. And don’t worry, the mere fact of wanting to know information makes you smarter to begin with…
I could keep going but, if I do, I’ll never stop writing. Please listen to what I said, follow my instructions, whenever possible, BE CAREFUL, for the love of GOD and have a good time. Y’know, I debated writing this at all, but I looked at it from the “teaching of abstainance” point of view. You are going to do what you want no matter what I or anyone else says and for me to withhold possibly life saving information is negligent, selfish and just plain wrong ( just like teaching abstainance…). I will take my leave of you now since my female cat is “mounting” my other female cat and from the screeches, I can’t tell whether the latter is enjoying it or not. Also remember, look up William H. White’s FAQ at Lycaeum ( or Lyceaum ) .org under “DXM” or one of the other synonyms, I can’t remember which, if you need to know more. The guys a genius. Have Fun And BE CAREFUL, ya POOPHEADS…

DXM Trip | Can a High Dosage of DXM Harm Your Brain?

Psychedelics have a long history of use and abuse by cultures all around the world. Their otherworldly effects have been used to achieve deep introspection and religious experiences. In the 20th century, the US government and countercultural psychonauts sought to unlock the secrets of drugs like LSD and MDMA. But today, they remain outlawed for their various unpredictable effects. However, in some cases, psychedelic drugs make it into your medicine cabinet while you are none the wiser.

In fact, there is a good chance that you have the psychedelic dissociative drug dextromethorphan (DXM), in your stockpile of cold medicine right now. But is this ubiquitous chemical substance harmful to your brain?

What Is DXM?

DXM is a chemical drug that’s found in a variety of over-the-counter cough suppressants like Robitussin and NyQuil. It can also be found in pain relievers and is even being used as a treatment for addiction. After preceding chemical compounds were synthesized and tested in the 1940s, scientists successfully tested DXM in a study of drugs that could be a non-addictive replacement for codeine in 1952. By 1958, it was available over the counter.

In recommended doses, DXM has a low risk of adverse effects, and side effects are mild. However, it is sometimes used in high amounts as a recreational drug. It first saw a trend of abuse in the 60s and 70s when the tablet form became available. It was taken off the shelves and replaced by cough syrup.

Now, in the Internet age, DXM information is readily available, and it can easily be bought in enough quantity to abuse. Today, legislators are working on making it harder to buy in bulk. For instance, in California, it is illegal to sell to minors without a prescription.

When abused in high doses, DXM can have hallucinogenic and dissociative effects. It can also have several other adverse side effects, eventually leading to overdose.

Physical Effects of a DXM Trip

As a cough suppressant and expectorant (a substance that removes mucus from your respiratory tract), the recommended dose is between 10 and 50 mg. However, people that abuse DXM for its psychedelic effects take more than 100 mg. Some users take up to 1,500 mg in a single dose, which can have extreme effects and pose a serious health risk.

Users will often drink syrup in large quantities as fast as possible to absorb as much as possible before vomiting. Otherwise, the user’s body may reject the liquid before intoxication is achieved. Some use DXM in tablet form by grinding it and insufflating the powder. This is a more potent method of administration and allows for users to achieve a high without injecting large quantities of liquid.

Besides nausea and vomiting, abuse of DXM is associated with several other physical symptoms, including:

  • Dizziness
  • Hot flashes
  • Seizures
  • Sweating
  • Hypertension
  • Lethargy or hyperactivity
  • Tachycardia
  • Rashes

At extremely high doses, some of the more serious effects like hypertension or seizures can cause dangerous

Cognitive Effects of a DXM Trip

As a psychedelic dissociative, DXM trips can involve hallucinations that dull the senses and make the user feel as if they are cut off from the world around them. The effects can be similar to other abused psychedelics like ketamine and phencyclidine. Experiencing a feeling of dysphoria is also possible, which is the perceived loss of sense of self, like an extreme out-of-body experience.

  • Anxiety
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Slurred speech
  • Euphoria
  • Paranoia
  • Panic attacks
  • Disorientation
  • Floating feeling
  • Altered perception of time

An extreme sense of fear and paranoia can lead to a feeling of impending doom. Disturbing psychological effects of psychedelic drugs can sometimes lead to lasting results on mental health.

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Are there Neurotoxic Effects of DXM?

In pharmaceutical drugs, toxicity levels are a major part of safety testing. Certain substances can cause damage to the heart, brain, liver, or other parts of the body. With a recommended dose, DXM has a very low toxicity and poses a limited risk. However, some researchers have studied the potential for DXM to act as a neurotoxin in high doses.

Similar drugs like PCP cause Olney’s lesions, which is a form of brain damage caused by NMDA receptors. Since DXM belongs to this group, it was studied extensively in rats to determine its neurotoxicity risk. However, researchers found that DXM does not cause brain damage in rats and there is no evidence that it would be neurotoxic to humans.

Despite the fact that other drugs in its chemical family can harm the structure of the brain, DXM is safe to use without risk of brain damage. However, at high doses, it can still be dangerous in other ways.

Overdose Potential During a DXM Trip

Since an overdose occurs from a high dosage of a drug that causes adverse effects beyond its intended use, most effects resulting from an extreme dosage of DXM are technically a sign of overdose. However, in some cases, seizures, tachycardia, and hypotension require medical intervention. Most overdoses of DXM can be treated in an emergency room and don’t result in serious medical complications or death.

Still, deaths linked to DXM occur in certain circumstances. Most fatal overdoses of DXM happen when high doses of the drug are mixed with other substances like alcohol. And, like some other drugs, DXM can interact with chemicals found in grapefruit that increase liver toxicity. Like other psychedelic drugs, DXM impairs the senses to the point where getting up and moving around, especially in public, can be dangerous. Unlike other some other psychedelics, DXM may cause hyperactivity which encourages movement which can lead to accidents.

DXM Dependence and Withdrawal

Though there is very little risk for physical addiction in DXM, the drug has shown potential for psychological addiction. After long periods of abuse, psychological addictions have been reported. When a user quits after a long period of abuse, they may experience withdrawal symptoms that are similar to antidepressant withdrawal.

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