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DXM Addiction and Treatment

DXM Addiction treatments we provide in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba

What is dextromethorphan?

Dextromethorphan, or DXM, is a common ingredient in most cough and cold medicines, and is readily available over-the-counter. Even though it is a common cough suppressant, it is a narcotic agent that carries the potential for abuse and addiction.

Dextromethorphan (DXM) addiction occurs when sufficient dosages are repeatedly used to achieve intoxication. DXM is legitimately used in a therapeutic dosage (10-29mg every 4 hours) to treat coughs and colds, while addicted users of this psychotropic substance can use 250-1500 mg at one time.

In higher doses, DXM treats the brain similarly to PCP and ketamine, sedating the user to the point of disassociation with their surroundings. Much like the aforementioned drugs, it also produces hallucinations and a loss of both memory and motor function. These effects can sometimes last up to 6 hours.

Addicts of this drug quickly build up a tolerance to the drug, experiencing “plateaus” in their usage, which cause different euphoric effects at higher dosages.

Despite the fact dextromethorphan is a legal drug and easy to obtain, it is still poisonous to the body and therefore possible to overdose. Symptoms of an overdose include seizures, nausea, dizziness, rapid heart rate, and breathing problems.

Physical withdrawal to it lasts only a few days, but psychological addiction can be difficult to overcome. Aurora Recovery Centre has the tools and experience to set you or your loved one on the path to recovery. 


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