Cough Medicine

  • Cough medicine is mainly used as a cough suppressant.
  • Some cough medicines contain addictive opiates, such as codeine.
  • They slow down or depress the actions of the brain.
  • As it is cheap and easy to buy, cough medicine may be abused by people seeking for a feeling of euphoria.
  • Usually in syrup form.
  • Street Name:“Robo”, “DXM” etc.

Adverse Effects of Cough Medicine Use

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Heart problems
  • Reduced breathing rate
  • Cold sweats
  • Headaches
  • Brain damage
  • Intoxication and drug induced mental disorders
  • Many abusers underestimate the addictiveness of cough medicine and gradually increasing the dosages, thus increasing the risks.
  • Some cough medicines contain Part I poisons such as codeine and dextromethorphan, which are controlled under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance.
  • It is an offence to illegally possess a Part I poison.