Cold Medicine Addiction

Cold Medicine Addiction Signs

Chugging cough medicine for an instant high isn’t a new practice for teens, who have raided the medicine cabinet for a quick, cheap, and legal high for decades. And unfortunately, this dangerous, potentially deadly practice still goes on. So it’s important for parents to understand the risks and know how to prevent their kids from intentionally overdosing on cough and cold medicine.
Taking mass quantities of products containing DXM can cause hallucinations, loss of motor control, and “out-of-body” (disassociative) sensations.
Other possible side effects of DXM abuse include:

  • Confusion
  • Impaired judgment
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Paranoia
  • Excessive sweating
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Lethargy
  • Numbness of fingers and toes
  • Facial redness
  • Dry and itchy skin
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Brain damage
  • and even death.

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