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Cough Syrup Addiction In Canada

Cough syrup is a legal product used to relieve people of cough symptoms and throat irritations. It can be bought off the shelf of a drug store. There are a lot of different brands of cough syrup but they usually all have the same basic element, dextromethorphan (DXM), which is the antitussive element in most cold or cough medicine. Since they can be bought without a prescription, cough syrups have now become a recreational drug. And with that, there are more and more people who will need to get into a drug rehab for that.

One uses cough syrup by taking a very high dosage, a lot higher than recommended. It can produce some of the following symptoms:

  • Dissociation excitement
  • Altered perceptions
  • Time incomprehension

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When one has been using big amounts of cough syrup over a relatively long period of time, and then stops using it, there can be very uncomfortable symptoms, such as the following:

  • Depression
  • Difficulty in thinking
  • Memory loss

Cough syrup addiction is popular among teens and young adults. There are also people that get accidentally addicted to it by prolonged use of it due to a health problem. And because of the symptoms associated with stopping the intake, it is much easier on the person to be under the supervision of specialists in drug rehab or detox. Cough syrup addiction is serious, and it has to be dealt with.

Information On Cough Medicine Detox In Canada

Cough medicine is a medicinal drug used to treat coughing related conditions and suppresses the body urge to cough. Codeine is one of the strongest cough suppressants made, along with many other derivatives from this drug. Codeine was soon replaced by a very highly addictive cough suppressant called dextromethorphan (DXM), and is sold as an over the counter drug. This is a very popular drug abused by teens and is found in most cough medicines sold today. These medicines are easy to find and are very affordable, and of course legal. They can be purchased as a tablet, capsule, gel caps, liquid, or syrup. Users can now use the Internet to buy DXM powder pure and also teach themselves how to abuse the drug. Because of that, many have developed an addiction and might even need to go to a cough medicine detox facility.

Adverse Side Effects of Cough Medicine Abuse

A person abusing DXM or cough medicine will typically take as much as 360mg of the drug. DXM addiction or cough medicine addiction can cause hallucinations, loss of motor control, and out of body sensations. This will soon lead to a very uncomfortable detox period from the drug. The following side effects can take place:

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

The cough medicine detox period can normally last for three to four days, depending on the amount that was consumed and the frequency of use. The symptoms could carry on for longer periods of time and can cause some permanent damage to the individual. It is safest to go to a detox or a drug rehab center.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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