Cough Medicine

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The ingredient in cough medicine that makes it dangerous is dextromethorphan (DXM). DXM is chemically similar to morphine and is used as a cough suppressant. When abused, DXM creates a hallucinogenic effect and is comparable to ecstasy.

What are the short-term effects of DXM?

  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Extreme nausea
  • Lack of coordination
  • Slowed breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures

What are the long-term effects of DXM?

  • Liver damage
  • Permanent brain damage
  • Cerebral hemorrhages
  • Stroke