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Robotripping: Side Effects, Signs, & More

Robotripping: Side Effects, Signs, & More

While you might think of drugs like meth or cocaine when you think of drug addiction, even over-the-counter (OTC) drugs like cough syrups are abused to get high. Cough syrups or OTC medications that contain the ingredient dextromethorphan (DXM) are often taken recreationally in higher-than-recommended doses to induce a sedative high. Otherwise known as robotripping, this is a common form of drug abuse, especially among teens and young adults. Today we’re exploring robotrip effects and the risks.

What Is Robotripping?

Dextromethorphan (DXM) is a medication that’s used in many over-the-counter cold and cough medicines as a cough suppressant. DXM is often sold in syrups, tablets, sprays, and lozenge forms, and various common medicines like Vicks, Delsym, Robitussin, and Mucinex contain DXM. Many make the mistake of believing OTC drugs are entirely safe because they don’t require a prescription, but obviously, this isn’t true.

Also known as dexing or skittling, robotripping refers to the abuse of DXM to get high or experience a range of physical and physiological side effects. While DXM is readily available in various over-the-counter medications, it also comes with risks. A robotrip dosage would be much higher than the recommended dosages to get high off DXM, which can lead to various adverse effects.

What’s more, a lot of DXM-containing medicines also contain other active ingredients that can also be harmful in high doses. In other words, people are overdosing on OTC drugs like Robitussin on purpose to get high. What could go wrong?

What Does a Robotrip Feel Like?

The severity and longevity of a robotrip highly depend on the dosage taken. Robotripping symptoms can vary depending on how much of a particular drug you take. DXM also causes different stages of intoxication (plateaus) that vary with dosage, as well.

Generally speaking, a robotrip leads to heavy sedation and drowsiness, making movement, thinking, speech, and concentration difficult. This form of intoxication comes in stages known as plateaus. Below are the different plateaus of a DXM high.

  • The first plateau occurs when between 100 mg and 200 mg are taken. In this stage, robotripping side effects are similar to those of ecstasy, such as feeling more energetic, social, and talkative.
  • The second plateau occurs when between 200 mg and 400 mg of DXM are taken. In this second stage of robotripping, effects might include decreased motor and cognitive function, as well as euphoria and hallucinations.
  • The third plateau occurs between 300 mg and 600 mg. Side effects in the third stage of robotripping include strong dissociation, intense hallucinations, and loss of motor coordination and movement. These effects are usually similar to those of ketamine and are usually pretty hectic.
  • The fourth and highest plateau occurs between 500 mg and 1500 mg, during which side effects of hallucinogens like PCP might occur. These side effects tend to be harder to shake off than the effects of other plateaus. Delirium and hallucinations during this have also often led to aggressive and violent behavior, as well as reduced pain perception. Additionally, overdose is another possible risk of reaching the highest plateau because users in this stage take such high doses.

Other common robotripping side effects include:

  • Increased body temperature
  • Hot flashes
  • Sweating
  • Lethargy
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Hyperactivity
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures

So how long does a robotrip last? While the effects of robotripping kick in around 30 to 60 minutes after use, the peak after about 2 to 4 hours and can last up to 6 hours or so. Dosage, body size, how much food is in your stomach, and other active ingredients in the medicine taken can influence the duration and intensity of robotripping effects.

How to Stop Robotripping

In addition to the adverse side effects mentioned above, other risks of robotripping or DXM abuse include heart stroke, overdose and toxicity, respiratory depression, risky behavior, and liver damage, each of which can lead to fatal consequences. Additionally, while DXM isn’t addictive in the same way that cocaine and heroin are, one can become dependent on DXM to feel “good” or function.

Once the body has become dependent on a particular drug, it can be difficult to quit without the assistance of medically monitored detox. Medical assistance during addiction recovery is also crucial in managing withdrawal symptoms as well as the person’s overall safety and health.

With that said, if you or someone you know is abusing DXM or other drugs, don’t wait to hit rock bottom to get help. Long-term drug abuse can lead to various physical, psychological, and relational consequences that aren’t always reversible.Our Stuart, Florida treatment center offers various substance-specific detox and addiction programs to help patients get sober. Treatment is performed on various levels of care, such as intensive inpatient and residential care, depending on the patient’s disorder and needs. No matter what type of drug addiction you’re going through, our specialists can help.

For more information about our addiction treatment in Stuart, call Banyan Treatment Center today at 888-280-4763.

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Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.