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DXM safety is the practice of using DXM responsibly. While there are many things that can make DXM unsafe, many major points can, and should be prevented. These include the mild, such as Roboitch which can be prevented my taking an antihistamine beforehand if you experience this effect, moderate, such as panic attacks, as well as severe, such serotonin syndrome from combination with antidepressants or MDMA, and death from overdose. Practicing safe DXM use can greatly decrease the chance of causing harm to yourself or others. It is also unwise to take DXM in excess of 20mg/kg. If taking 3rd and 4th plateau doses (especially if inexperienced with them), it is wise to use a trip sitter.

[top]Potential Side Effects and Dangers of DXM

Use of higher than recommended doses of dextromethorphan has the ability to produce any of the following symptoms:

Short Term
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea (infamously known as the "roboshits")
  • Urinary retention
  • Allergic reactions and itching (commonly referred to as roboitch)
  • Hot flashes and increase in body temperature
  • Diziness
  • Increased perspiration
  • Hypertension
  • Increased heart rate
  • Drowsiness or insomnia
  • Dilated pupils
  • Blurred vision and/or nystagmus
  • Bad trips and panic attacks
  • Psychotic breaks/mania
  • Temporary cognitive impairment

Long Term
  • Brominism
  • Urinary retention (seems to be more severe with regular use)
  • Liver, Kidney, and Pancreas Damage (from consumption of sugars and thickeners in syrup. There is no evidence that DXM alone can cause this)
  • Weight loss
  • Tolerance
  • Psychological addiction and depression upon quitting
  • Psychotic breaks/mania (more common with frequent use)
  • Temporary cognitive impairment (can last longer after quitting with more frequent use)
  • Irreversible brain damage (this is often confused with long term temporary impairment)

[top]Reversing Cognitive Impairment

Brain damage is fairly rare occurring in less than 1% of regular users (who all used DXM very frequently). Keep in mind that this damage may not necessarily be permanent as Olney's lesions are not proven to occur in humans However, long term impairment can take a while to resolve itself. Some heavy users of DXM report full recovery talking several months to years after quitting.

If you suspect damage has occurred, stop using DXM immediately. Consider starting an exercise program, a hobby to keep your mind active and supplements such as piracetam and phosphatidylserine to alleviate NMDA receptor down-regulation.[1] Keep in mind that depression (a potential side effect of quitting DXM suddenly) can also cause neurodegeneration and may exacerbate the impairment.

[top]Things to Avoid on DXM

  • Bad combinations
  • Driving or operating heavy machinery
  • Swimming without a lifeguard present
  • Other dangerous situations

Contributors: nigtv, viscosity
Created by nigtv, 08-08-2009 at 09:41 AM
Last edited by viscosity, 08-11-2010 at 10:23 AM
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