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Street names for over the counter drugs

Why do people use over the counter drugs?

1. To get high on over the counter medicines.

People can get high by taking large doses of any over the counter (OTC) drug that includes dextromethorphan (DXM). DXM is an active cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cough and cold medications. To get high, people injest large doses of OTC drugs, which can put them in danger. So when people chase the euphoric feeling, altered judgment or hallucinations on DXM, other effects can also result (especially if the DXM is used in combination with decongestants). These include brain damage, increased heart rate and blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, and loss of coordination.

2. To manufacture other drugs.

People buy pseudoephedrine (found in OTC cold medicines) to make methamphetamine (meth). This ingredient can be commonly found in nonprescription cold medicines.

DXM street names

  • Candy
  • CCC or Triple C (Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold)
  • Dex
  • DM
  • Drex
  • DXM
  • Orange Crush
  • Poor Man’s PCP
  • Red Devils
  • Robo (Robitussin)
  • Rojo
  • Skittles
  • Syrup
  • Tussin
  • Velvet
  • Vitamin D


Reference sources:  WebMD slideshow on prescription drug use
Kids Health. org – Cold Medicine Abuse
DXM drug guide

Photo credit: Yuko Chan

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6 Responses to “Street names for over the counter drugs
Kid from the 80's
11:27 am March 24th, 2011

I remember in 1987 people in junior high were caught drinking Robitussin at school. Back then, it was called “Robo”. I thought it was pretty lame, but then again, I had my first drunk much later in life. And I saw somewhere that people are mixing Robitussin with vodka for jello shots. Who thinks of these things???

11:19 pm April 7th, 2011

are u telling me over the counter drugs are really sometimes bad for you

10:13 am April 8th, 2011

Hi tyasia, Yes. OTC drugs can be bad for you if you use them to get high or make illegal drugs.

Lacryssia Majjaki
9:06 pm September 20th, 2011

i think that when people abuse over the counter drugs their doctor should be notified and should not be able to give them the drugs anymore. why waste perfectly good medicine on pople hwo abuse them?

carl s
1:24 pm January 7th, 2012

does gualfenesin show up in a drug test as an illegal substance. alot of the cough syrups have it along with dxm. which may show up as pcp.
some syrups just have this one ingredient.

1:13 am May 20th, 2013

Hi, So if one takes an incredible amount of caugh syrup, the caugh syrup can be classified as a hallucinogen drug?

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