Physical signs of DXM abuse

Signs of abuse may include:

  • Confusion and dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurred vision and slurred speech
  • Loss of motor control
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Rapid heart beat and heart attack
  • Drowsiness and slowed breathing
  • Numbness of fingers and toes

When taken in high doses, DXM can cause hallucinations, a sense of disconnection from reality, high fever, and even death.


(1) Partnership for a Drug-Free America. (2010). Drug guide by name. Retrieved February 24, 2010 from

This information is provided by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health.