Cough Medicine: Not a medicine anymore for teens

Teen and child health experts feel that cough medicine abuse is on the rise everywhere in the world. Teenagers looking for a dissociative high use cough medicines as a cheap alternative. A cough suppressant compound in cough medicines, namely Dextromethorphan (DXM), is the one teenagers’ are looking for. Dextromethorphan is also used in analgesic medication. Even some psychiatric and psychological medications use Dextromethorphan.

It is used recreationally by thousands of teenagers around the world. To create a psychoactive drug that induces alternative sensory experiences, this compound is more than a medicine for teenagers; it’s the perfect substance for cheap hallucinations.

FDA is now going all out in doing something about this. It has sought to call it a controlled compound. By doing so, its production, and dispensation will be limited. Teen health has taken a severe beating in some under-developed and developed countries due to this compound. Hospitals reported thousands of patients over a four year period, being admitted to hospital due to an emergency situation.

A very potent hallucinogenic effect that Dextromethorphan produces is dissociation of the mind from the body. Everything depends on the dosage. Mild dosages produce visual distortions, and high dosages produce a feeling of complete dissociation from the body.

Dextromethorphan products used as medication might also contain acetaminophen. When acetaminophen is taken in large dosages, it damages the liver. Teen and child health are at serious risk with these kind of compounds available openly over-the-counter. FSA has to bring a regulatory mechanism to check its use, and distribution.

Parents can figure out if their teenager child is using dextromethorphan abusively. The common indications of this are empty medicine bottles. You might find, in fact, a lot of empty medicine bottles in your teenager child’s room. Regular abuse shows up on the appearance of teenagers. Pale skin, different physical appearance, lack of sleep is some of the other indications.

Some parenting advice for this would be to keep medicines locked away. Take the teenager to a doctor as soon as possible. Talking to the teenager and making him/her understand what the dangers are is the best thing to do.

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