What is Robitussin?

Robitussin is the trade mark name for Guaifenesin, which is an expectorant. It works by loosen congestion in the patients chest and throat, making it easier to cough out through their mouth. Robitussin is used to reduce chest congestion that is caused by the common cold, infections, or allergies. It is an over the counter medication.

Over The Counter Dangers

Throughout the Nation Robitussin and other cough suppressants and decongestants are being used for recreational purposes. These medications are easy to come by and used by thousands of teenagers and young adults for its similar effects to alcohol. Robitussin contains dextromethorphan, or DXM, when taken in heavy doses can produce hallucinations and a loss of motor control. When Robitussin is taken in high doses it can pose a great health risk for the individual.

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Robitussin Use

Robitussin is used as a cough suppressant and decongestant. It is an over the counter medication that is used by those suffering from the common cold, infections or allergies. Robitussin works by reducing chest congestion, making it easier for the person to cough. When used as directed Robitussin can be highly effective, however when misused it can be a danger to the individuals health.

Recreational Use

Robitussin is used relationally for its dissociative affects (out of body experience), hallucinogenic effects, and similarities to the effects of alcohol. Users take high doses of the medication. Some even combine the medication with other substances such as ecstasy and alcohol to increase the effects and high produced. The dextromethorphan, DMX, in Robitussin create the desired effects but also pose a great risk to the users health. DMX abuse can cause brain damage  the that affects memory, cognitive ability, and emotional behavior.

Signs of Robitussin Abuse

  • Intentional misuse of the medication
  • Purchasing large quantities of the medication
  • Missing Robitussin with other substances
  • Taking the medication without a legitimate medical reason
  • Change in behavior
  • Lack of interest in usual activities
  • Change in friends
  • Trouble at work or school

Symptoms of Robitussin Abuse

  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting
  • Cold flashes
  • Restlessness
  • Muscle aches

Robitussin Addiction Treatment

When addicted to Robitussin you have a physical and psychological dependency to the drug. You crave the effects and pleasure that comes with taking the medication in high doses. Robitussin addiction is extremely dangerous, leaving the individual at great risk of brain damage. If you or a loved one are addicted to Robitussin speak to your primary care Doctor to begin treatment.

Typically the patient will begin with dose reduction to avoid any unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. The patient will be detoxed, cleansed of the chemicals and toxins associated with Robitussin abuse. This will aid them in overcoming the physical dependency they have developed towards Robitussin.

The patient must then continue on with treatment for their psychological addiction. Therapy and counseling will help the patient to work through the mental and emotional effects of their addiction. Robitussin addiction is not only about the drug but the life style that goes along with it. The patient will be able to overcome their psychological addiction and make the choice to change their life style in a therapeutic way, developing the key tools needed to maintain their sobriety when returning home.