↑ Return to Hallucinogens

Print this Page


Classification: Hallucinogenic dissociative, antitussive

Commercial Names: Robitussin, NyQuil, Dimetapp, Vick’s, Coricidin, Tussin, Delsym

Common Names/Nicknames: D, DXM, dex, CCC, robo, red devil, poor man’s PCP

Active Compound: Dextromethrophan

Found in: Cough suppressants (antitussives), purple drank, sizzurp, Texas tea

Mode of Consumption: Ingestion


DEA Scheduling/Legal Status (in US): Unscheduled. Legal in all states


Hallucinations, dissociation, euphoria, slurred speech, amnesia


Acute: confusion, disorientation, hyperthermia, increased blood pressure, nausea, vomiting

Chronic: Erectile dysfunction, hypogonadism, insomnia, toxic psychosis, permanent brain damage, permanent liver damage

Dangerous Drug Combinations: 

Potentially fatal mix with acetaminophen/paracetamol (Brand names: Tylenol, Triaminic, Panadol). Possibly dangerous with decongestants.

Special Considerations: 

Dextromethorphan use (often called robotripping) carries very low risk of overdose.

« Hallucinogens



And remember, if somebody may need help, play it safe and call for medical assistance.


“Students may bring an intoxicated or drug-impaired friend to University Health Services or to a hospital, or seek assistance from College residential life staff or HUPD, and by doing this, neither they nor the friend will face disciplinary action from the College for having used or provided alcohol or drugs.”


                                                                                    The Amnesty Policy


                                                                                    Harvard College Student Handbook






Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy (Third Edition), by Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder, and Wilkie Wilson. Published 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company.




National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institute of Health (NIH) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.






U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), part of the U.S. Department of Justice.






Erowid Organization




Permanent link to this article: http://www.harvarddapa.org/resources/drug-ipedia/hallucinogens/dextromethorphan/