Citation: Fortran Mike. "Head in a Toilet for Most of the Night: An Experience with DXM (exp4822)". Erowid.org. Jan 6, 2002. erowid.org/exp/4822
After doing all the research I could on DXM, most of it here on Erowid, my girlfriend and I decided to give it a try. We brought home 2 bottles of cough syrup, but decided to split one since it was our first time. I plugged my nose and downed the thick red stuff as fast as I could. When I was done, all I could think about was 'Wow, there's no turning back now!'
For the first little while, there was nothing. Then, in small but steady waves, the disorientation began to take hold. I started feeling really out of my head by the one hour mark and Pink Floyd was playing on the stereo. It all started to get overwhelming and I had to turn the music off. Sweat started pouring down my face and I could feel my mind begin to slip away. No matter what position I sat in, I couldn't get comfortable and my skin tingled like crazy.
I tried smoking some grass, but after the first toke, a strong and terrifying nausea gripped hold of me and I had to run to the bathroom. After puking twice, the diarrhea set in and I stayed in the bathroom for almost two hours, alternating between shitting and puking, although the only thing I was expelling by then was water.
The dehydration was awful, but I couldn't seem to hold down any water. I would have killed my own mother for an IV. I crawled back into the living room, nursing my water bottle, taking the occasional sip. The TV was on, but I was too lost in DXM land to notice or care. If I hadn't felt so sick and weak, I probably would have enjoyed the feeling. I thought I was dying for awhile, and I was lost in some deep dark void for the rest of the trip, yet I was just feeling too awful to enjoy any of it.
The next day, I stayed home from university to recover and hydrate.
The whole experience felt like the flu on Mescaline and was an overall negative experience. On the other hand, besides the Robo Itch, my girlfriend had a great time and wants to do it again someday. She didn't feel sick at all.
What I've learned from all of this is that DXM has three possible outcomes. Really Good, So/So, or REALLY BAD! How it will affect you cannot be predicted, so know that you've got a 33% chance of getting really sick, rapidly dehydrating and having a miserable time before you decide that DXM might be a good idea. Then again, you have the same chance of having a really GOOD time, so don't let anyone else tell you what your experience is going to be like. You'll have to find out on your own.
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