Signs & Symptoms
The signs and symptoms one displays when they’re abusing DXM is highly dependent on his or her tolerance level, how much of the drug was ingested, as well as interactions with other substances recently consumed.
Dosage responses are divided into four categories. The first category is relatively mild, with sensations similar to those of MDMA. Categories progress in dosage and symptoms. The second category elicits compromised motor function, slurred speech, and sometimes short-term memory impairment while the third category produces strong hallucinations, anxiety, and restlessness. In the fourth category, symptoms mimic those of PCP abuse.
A brain that is used to operating with an abundance of DXM does not handle its abrupt absence gracefully. Agitation and sleeplessness appear first, often followed by achiness in muscles, diarrhea, and vomiting. Perhaps, the most difficult part of DXM withdrawals is the strong craving.
Detoxing in a treatment facility is beneficial as it doesn’t allow the cravings to sabotage your efforts to become physically free of the drug. Since DXM is so easy to obtain, these cravings create a strong compulsion to go back to it in order to ease that discomfort.
When DXM is abused, it can produce a range of sensations from mild euphoria to out-of-body experiences. The dose at which these sensations occur varies and is dependent on the tolerance level of the consumer. Signs of overdose include, but are not limited to: fever, breathing complications, anxiety, dizziness, heart palpitations, nausea and vomiting, restlessness and loss of consciousness.
Treatment focuses on removing the undigested drug through laxatives, charcoal and stomach pumping if necessary. Breathing support and IV fluids to maintain hydration are also a significant part of recovery. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you suspect a DXM overdose.