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Long-Term Use and Memory Loss
DXM with CPM
Citation:   Seeker. "Long-Term Use and Memory Loss: An Experience with DXM with CPM (exp39832)". Erowid.org. Jan 26, 2018. erowid.org/exp/39832

      Chlorpheniramine Maleate
[Erowid Note: Most Coricidin contains CPM (Chlorpheniramine Maleate) which can be dangerous in high doses. See DXM Brand Warnings for more info.]
I started using DXM when I was 14. At that time, I weighed about 120lbs. I used DXM in the form of Coricidin Cough and Cold. I know now that this is one of the worst sources of DXM because of side-effects from other active ingredients. However, at the time, I didn't know I was using DXM. I just knew that Coricidin gave me effects that I really liked and I could always get it.

I used on a regular basis for over two years. For some periods of time I would use almost every day. Other times it was on an occasional basis. I used anywhere from 300-960mg. However, on most occasions I would take 480mg. When I was fifteen, I had a hospital visit, which was the result of a 960mg dose and my stupidity. The doctor told me that I would be fine. Other than vomiting blackouts, this was the only experience of its kind.

I quit using all drugs right before I turned sixteen, and remained clean for 2 1/2 years. I have since began using in moderate amounts.

The reason I'm writing this, is memory loss I have experienced, which I believe to be the result of DXM. I now have a very hard time retaining any type of information. I am very forgetful even about things that I really try to remember. My attention span for reading has decreased greatly. I don't know for a fact that DXM is the cause of my brain damage (might as well call it what it is). I also used inhalants heavily for a period of time. I'll let you draw your own conclusions. I wish I had read about the risks involved with dissociatives before using them. I may have acted differently if I had.

Exp Year: 2004ExpID: 39832
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given
Published: Jan 26, 2018Views: 1,886
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