Robitussin Abuse 800-303-2482

Robitussin is a drug that is manufactured by Pfizer Inc. (USA). It is used in the treatment and relief of coughs and colds. The drug is available in various formulations, but most commonly Robitussin DM, a combination of guinafenesin and dextromethorphan. The dextromethorphan is very effective in the suppression of coughs and acts by affecting the brain signals that trigger the reflex to cough. The guinafenesin acts as cough expectorant.

Expectorant means that it makes dry coughs more productive through the loosening of phlegm in order to produce and expel chest congestions through the mouth. Because of these effects, Robitussin DM is commonly used in the treatment and relief of coughs that are caused by common colds and other infections of the upper respiratory tract. It is not very effective in the treatment of coughs that are caused by smoking, asthma, or emphysema.

Robitussin Abuse

Except the Robitussin formulation that has codeine, all the formulations are sold as over-the-counter medications. In the streets, the abuse of Robitussin is commonly referred to as skittling or Robo-tripping. Robitussin is available in very many brand name drugs available in different countries and regions of the world. You should ask your doctor whether the cough medication prescribed has Robitussin effects or if it contains guinafenesin and dextromethorphan as its active ingredients.

Brand Names of Robitussin

  • Respa-DM
  • Extuss LA
  • Vicks 44E
  • Allfen DM
  • Tussi-Bid
  • Drituss DM
  • Guaifen DM
  • Mucinex DM
  • Aquatab DM
  • Relacon LAX
  • Glycotuss-DM
  • Altarussin DM

There is very high potential for Robitussin addiction and dependence, especially among teenagers, because the drug is readily available at low costs. Additionally, the medication is very easy to administer and has quick action, thus causing the desired “high” feelings very quickly.

The increasing use and access of the internet is also making people aware of the prescription drugs that can be abused in order to feel “high.” The individuals that abuse Robitussin have reported experiencing altered perception of time, high sense of perceptual awareness, and hallucinations. They may also experience other symptoms and feelings such as:

  • Aataxia
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating
  • Nystagmus
  • Depression
  • Chest pains
  • Memory loss
  • Forgetfulness
  • Slurred speech
  • Hyper-excitability
  • Extreme paranoia

When Robitussin is taken in high dosages and for long periods of time, it causes the feeling of relaxation and drowsiness. It may, in some instances, cause this feeling even when taken in normal dosages. The abusers of this cough syrup have likened its feeling to that of marijuana. When taken in unusually high dosages, the effects of the drug can be equated to those of LSD (d-lysergic acid diethylamide) in terms of severity and intensity.

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