Cough Medicine (DXM)

What is DXM?

Dextromethorphan (DXM) is a cough-suppressant used in over-the counter cold and cough medications. When abused in high doses, it can cause hallucinations and serious, permanent problems.

Street names:

DXM, Des, Robo, Skittles, Syrup, Triple C, CCC, Tussin, Velvet

Did you know?

  • Medicines with DXM often contain acetaminophen, a pain reliever that can cause serious liver damage when taken in high doses.
  • Although it is more regulated than it has been in the past, drugs containing DXM are still relatively easy to obtain.

Dangerous because:

  • Misuse can cause rapid heart beat, and can lead to a heart attack.
  • Misuse can cause muscle spasms and numbness of toes and fingers.
  • Misuse can cause accidental overdose and death.

Signs of use:

  • Cough medicine disappears from medicine cabinet
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of motor control
  • A sense of being disconnected from reality
  • Hallucinations