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What are the street names/slang terms?

Dex, Robo, Skittles, Triple C, Tussin

What is DXM?

Dextromethorphan is a cough-suppressing ingredient found in a variety of over-the-counter cold and cough medications. Like PCP and Ketamine, dextromethorphan is a dissociative anesthetic, meaning DXM effects can include hallucinations.

What does it look like?

Cough syrup and cough and cold tablets or gel caps that are available without a prescription. Also, dextromethorphan can be purchased in a powder form, often over the internet.

How is it used?


What are its effects?

The effects of dextromethorphan abuse vary with the amount taken. Common DXM effects can include confusion, dizziness, double or blurred vision, slurred speech, impaired physical coordination, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, rapid heartbeat, drowsiness, numbness of fingers and toes, and disorientation. DXM abusers describe different “plateaus” ranging from mild distortions of color and sound to visual hallucinations and “out-of-body,” dissociative sensations, and loss of motor control.

Over-the-counter medications with DXM may also contain decongestants, pain relievers, and/or antihistamines (which may make you drowsy). High doses of these mixtures can significantly increase the harmful effects of DXM abuse and could cause potentially fatal liver injury, cardiovascular effects and over-sedation. DXM is also sometimes abused with other drugs, like alcohol, which can cause additional harmful effects.

Source:  Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

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