DXM- Fast facts for families.
DXM causes ‘Woozy’ and detached feelings, a loss of motor control like alcohol and hallucinations leading to good or bad trips.
Dextromethorphan (DXM) is a legal ingredient found in ‘over the counter’ cough syrups or cold and flu medications. It is an ‘active’ ingredient that is a cough suppressant.
While pure DXM comes as a white powder it is usually used as medicines containing DXM.
Dex, DXM, Robo, Skittles, Syrup, Triple-C, Vitamin D, Tussin.
While using DXM the effects may be described as tripping, dexing, robotripping and more.
HOW COMMON IS USAGE?
DXM use is not commonly reported in Australia but since it is easily obtained from a chemist occasionally use of DXM will occur as a fad by young people or young adults in a region or within a group.
HOW CAN I TELL IF A YOUNG PERSON IS USING?
DXM causes ‘Woozy’ and detached feelings, a loss of motor control like alcohol, and hallucinations leading to good or bad trips. Large doses can exacerbate mental health problems.
Looking out for packets or bottles of cough medicine or cold and flu medications can also be an indication.
One of the dangers with DXM is it is often not the only ingredient in the medicine. Codeine and panadine are often also mixed in. These medicines in large doses can become toxic and very harmful.