Robotripping, Syrup Heads, and Robotards, Is it a video game or substance abuse addiction?

Robotripping, Syrup Heads, and Robotards, Is it a video game or substance abuse addiction?
RoboTripping, haven't heard of it yet?

Unbelievably, this is a street name for the ‘euphoric high' people are getting from chugging and swigging cough syrup like Robitussin and cold medicines like Nyquil as well as other products that contain dextromethorphan.

Syrup heads and robotards is the name given to those that abuse it. What's even worse is the fact that there are people mixing this stuff with alcohol, marijuana, other illegal drugs and prescription drugs at the same time. Deaths have occurred according to the FDA when abusing high doses of DXM in combination with alcohol and other drugs.

Abusers may be Robotripping all the way to the morgue, time to lock-up the medicine cabinet and monitor the internet!

Dextromethorphan (DXM) is an OTC (which means over the counter) cough suppressant that's found in cough and cold medications. When this substance is abused in large doses the individual sees and hears unbelievable hallucinations along with euphoria. The street names that go along with the hallucinating sensations are referred to as Robo-Tripping or Skittling. These two street names are referring to the abuse of Robitussin and Coricidin.

There are other street names that are associated with Dextromethorphan abuse; they are DXM, CCC, Triple C, Skittles, Robo, Rojo, Tussin, Vitamin D and Poor Man's PCP. Those who abuse DXM have described the effects they receive from abusing products containing this substance. Their perception of time is altered; they experience visual hallucinations along with a heightened sense of perceptual awareness. A breakdown of the effects experienced depending on the abused dose may help in understanding this.

  1. 100 to 200 (mg) Causes mild stimulation effects
  2. 200 to 400 (mg) Causes euphoria and hallucinations
  3. 300 to 600 (mg) Causes visual perceptions to be distorted and un-coordination in the individual
  4. 500 to 1500 (mg) Causes dissociative sedation

Until recently, liquid cough medications were used when abusing dextromethorphan. Now, people are abusing gel capsules and tablet form pills that contains DXM. Another form of Dextromethorphan that's abused can be bought over the web in powder form, illegal DMX manufactured tablets are also somewhat widespread and obtained for abuse. Sadly, people are dying from this substance abuse.

A report from also shows another five deaths just last year in 2009 from three different states, WA, FL, and VA. There were 5 teenage boys that died as a result of abusing Dextromethorphan and they all purchased it illegally over the internet. Each of the 5 deaths was caused from abusing DXM along with other drugs.

This video explains the dangers of robo-tripping but also talks about a teen that died after robo-tripping and another teen that almost over dosed after robo-tripping. Your life is more precious than any high legal or illegal JUST SAY NO!!!

People of all ages abuse Dextromethorphan, a report that was done in 2009 shows that 8th, 10th and 12th grade students were among those that abused cough and cold medications as well. There were well over 8 thousand people last year in emergency rooms being treated for abusing the cough suppressants, most of them were teenagers. When DXM is properly used as prescribed it is an extremely effective cough suppressant but when improperly abused, death can occur as well as many other serious and dangerous effects such as:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Irregular heartbeats in the individual
  • Brain damage
  • Seizures


Dextromethorphan has slowly been used as a replacement for codeine and is now the most widely used suppressant for coughs in the U.S. It is available in capsule form, liquid, liquid gelatin capsule form, lozenges, and tablet form. Listed below are some of the cold medications that contain Dextromethorphan, these are sold over the counter.

  • Robitussin DM
  • Triaminic DM
  • Rondec DM
  • Drixoral
  • Coricidin
  • St. Joseph Cough Suppressants
  • Dimetapp DM
  • Tylenol Cold
  • TheraFlu
  • Dayquil
  • Nyquil
  • Alka Seltzer Plus Cough and Cold


Some of the over-dose symptoms associated with Dextromethorphan abuse is listed below. It is extremely important to seek medical help because an overdose can lead to death.

  • Vision is blurry
  • Convulsions and coma
  • Hallucinations occur
  • Dizziness and drowsiness
  • Blood pressure will be either high or low
  • Breathing may be slowed, shallow or no breathing at all
  • Constipation
  • Rapid heart-beat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Body temperature rises
  • Twitching of the muscles takes place
  • Stomach and intestinal spasms can occur


Unfortunately, most people who experiment with drugs and abuse them don't take the dangerous effects associated with substance abuse serious. They never for-see the consequences happening to themselves and ignore the fact that it happens to others. I only wish they understood that Drug Abuse is serious and death is permanent.

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