Over-the-counter drugs: Dextromethorphan (DXM)

Signs and Symptoms of Dextromethorphan (DXM)

Street Names: Robotripping, Robo, Triple C’s (Coricidin)

Method of Use: Orally (in tablet, gel cap, or liquid form)


Dextromethorphan (DXM) is the active ingredient found in over-the-counter (OTC) cough/cold medications such as Robitussin, Vicks, Coricidin, and Mucinex. Not all types of cough/cold medications contain DXM, it will be identified on the label.

Symptoms/Effects of Use

  • Numbness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • In high doses it can produce dissociative or out-of-body experiences or hallucinations (similar to PCP/ketamine)
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Impaired motor function

What to Look For

  • Hidden, empty bottles/packages of cold medication
  • Mood swings
  • Erratic behavior
  • Hallucinations

Note: Each person may experience different symptoms/effects. This list is not inclusive. For more information, visit www.drugabuse.gov