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Triple C Addiction

What is Triple C?

Triple C, or Cordies, depending on what part of the country you are from is a slang term for the over-the-counter medication called Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold, which contains Dextromethorphan, or DXM. The medication is abused because it contains Dextromethorphan which, when taken in doses that dramatically exceed those recommended by physicians and pharmacists, produces hallucinations and a sense of dissociation. The medication is used legitimately to treat the symptoms that typically result from colds or upper respiratory allergies.

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Street Names:

  • Orange Crush
  • C-C-C
  • Red Devils
  • Skittles
  • DXM
  • Dex (for dextromethorphan)
  • Vitamin D
  • Robo
  • Robo-trippin
  • Candy
  • Robo-dosing

What does Triple C Look Like?

Triple C (Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold) is available as red tablets containing 30 milligrams of Dextromethorphan. It is likely that individuals abuse similar products, which may include Coricidin HBP Chest Congestion & Cough (available as soft gels containing 10 milligrams of Dextromethorphan) and Coricidin HBP Maximum Strength Flu (available as tablets containing 15 milligrams of Dextromethorphan).



How is Triple C abused?

Triple C tablets generally are taken orally. Powdered extractions of Dextromethorphan, which are either inhaled or repackaged in capsules and swallowed, are reportedly available, but it is unclear whether the drug has been extracted from Triple C or from other medications containing Dextromethorphan.


Who abuses Triple C?

It is difficult to gauge the extent to which Triple C and other medications containing Dextromethorphan are abused in the United States because most data sources that provide estimates of drug abuse do not report data regarding these drugs. Law enforcement sources indicate that teenagers and young adults are the principal abusers of Dextromethorphan and Triple C. Usually stocked on open shelves, Triple C is susceptible to shoplifting, which has caused some stores to place it behind the counter. Its accessibility and relatively low price make it particularly attractive to young people, especially compared to illicit drugs.


What are the Risks of Using Triple C?

Coricidin HBP products have proven to be safe and effective when users adhere to recommended doses (containing 10 to 30 milligrams of Dextromethorphan taken every 6 hours). However, abusers typically consume many times the recommended dose, which produces hallucinations and dissociative effects similar to those experienced with PCP (Phencyclidine) or Ketamine. While under the influence of the drug, which can last for as long as 6 hours, abusers risk injuring themselves and others because of the drug’s effects on visual perception and cognitive processes. High doses of dextromethorphan result in an increased body temperature, which poses a particularly acute health threat if the drug is used in an environment–such as a rave or dance club–where users are dancing among crowds of people.


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What are the effects of Triple C?

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Numbness of fingers and toes
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizure
  • Brain damage
  • Possibly death.


The risks to Triple C abusers are heightened because the medications that are abused contain additional ingredients such as expectorants, pain relievers, and antihistamines that produce additional side effects and compound the risks associated with Dextromethorphan.


Is Triple C Illegal?

No, Triple C is not illegal. The medication is available without a prescription because, when used properly, it has proven to be safe and effective. Reports of Dextromethorphan abuse, however, have resulted in monitoring by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Next Steps

If you discover that you or a loved one is in fact addicted to Triple C, it is important that you get them the care that they need. A Triple C addiction can lead to lack of motivation, destruction of relationships and in the worst case scenario, death. The first thing you will need to do is have your teen go through a detox process. It may be tempting to try and do this on your own, but it is important to note that this process can cause:

  • Restlessness
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Aches and cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased breathing and heartbeat

Consequently, it is extremely dangerous to try and do this in a place where your child will not have immediate access to health professionals. Your best option when dealing with addiction is to send your teenager to an inpatient treatment program. At Inspirations for Youth and Families, your child will have access to the medical professionals he/she needs as well as the help they will need once the detoxification process is complete.

The phrase “you cannot heal in the same environment you got sick in,” is extremely true when it comes to addiction. Your child will be tempted to get ahold of Tramadol the second they are done with their detox. If they are in the environment where they began doing the drug, they will be around the same people who gave them access to it in the first place and who they may have even been doing the drug with.



In order for your child to fight their addiction, they will need to learn healthy coping mechanisms and rediscover how to function without the drug. In a treatment facility, they will have the benefit of avoiding temptation as they develop a healthier and long-lasting recovery.

AInspirations for Youth and Families we specialize in treating all types of substance abuse and addiction, including treatment for Triple C. To overcome the addiction of Triple C, abusers need therapeutic treatment and at times, even psychological help; that’s what we’re here for. We understand what you are going through and we care about the future of your teen. Our gender-based treatment program includes family therapy, music and art therapy, psychotherapy and recreational therapy. Along with the proper care from licensed, in-house therapists and superior staff. We are confident that our teen treatment center can be a step in the right direction for you and your teen. Please call now to speak with one of our Triple C treatment specialists. They work around the clock to serve you. 888-75-SOBER

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