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The most popular type of codeine syrup is promethazine
, a prescription cough syrup. The active ingredients are codeine
, a narcotic
, and the antihistamine
. When taken in large quantities, both medications can lead to sedation
and altered levels of consciousness.
The addition of these antihistamines is intended to deter abuse at high doses (doses higher than recommended can produce extreme somnolence or weakness, and may even cause fatal respiratory depression). In lower doses, these potentiate the opiates.
Prescription cough syrups containing hydrocodone
are also used to make the drink, though they are less popular.
Songs like "Sippin' on Some Syrup
" by Three 6 Mafia refer to Tussionex, a yellow cough syrup containing extended-release hydrocodone and chlorpheniramine
Other hydrocodone-containing syrups such as Histinex HC, Hycotuss, and Hycodan may also be used but have the addition of atropine
to deter abuse.[citation needed
] Syrup also is made with over-the-counter
cough syrups such as Robitussin
DM, which contain dextromethorphan
as the cough suppressant. Although dextromethorphan is used recreationally
, it has dissociative
effects as opposed to narcotic. Dextromethorphan is a synthetic morphine analog[citation needed
] that has been on the market in the United States since the 1960s. It is a cough suppressant in small doses, but in large doses it can result in a disassociative state, with hallucinations, similar to that produced by PCP
Promethazine-codeine contains 10 mg of codeine and 6.25 mg of promethazine per 5 mL.
Some users report that the large amount of sugar in drank causes them to experience weight gain
, tooth decay
, and other medical symptoms.
Doesn't sound like "juice" and skittles are the ingredients for this drug.