What is it? Where does it come from? How is it made?
Dextromethorphan is a synthetic substance (made in a lab) used in over the counter drugs found in many medications such as cough syrup, tablets, capsules, or powder used to suppress coughs. Popular over-the-counter brands with dextromethorphan include Robitussin, Coricidin, and HBP.
DXM affects abusers in both physical and psychological ways.
This includes dizziness, nausea, a loss of coordination, sweating, blurred vision, slurred speech, headaches, skin sensitivity, redness in the face, and dry skin and mouth.
Numbness is a sign of danger.
Abusers who use DXM to get high may experience tremors, involuntary twitching and, ironically, depression.
Other effects include increase in perceptual awareness and altered time perception, hallucinations and confusion, addiction, and lethargy.
DXM can become deadly once the abuser's body temperature rises and the heart starts to beat irregularly or at a faster rate (aka tachycardia), blood pressure risers, and the user loses consciousness.