Top 10 OTC Drugs that Make you High
It is not just teens these days using over the counter drugs to get the high. This very dangerous trend has expanded to a myriad of different drugs. These OTC drugs can lead to serious side effect and long term damage. Parents need to be vigilant in keeping an eye on what their kids are taking.
#10 Dramamine – for motion sickness
Dramamine, and is mainly used to combat motion sickness. It is also a deliriant, and is popular among recreational drug users for the audio and visual hallucinations that it provides in high doses, similar to those of hallucinogens such as LSD and mushrooms. This drug is dangerous for you in large doses, and can be very bad for the long-term health of your GI tract and heart.
#9 5-Hour Energy – Caffeine
Most teens would not consider this a drug as it is readily available at the check out line as an energy drink. Too much caffeine can cause nervousness, trouble sleeping, nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeats, and higher blood pressure.
#8 Acetominophen – Pain Relievers
Acetaminophen controls pain and fever but does not reduce inflammation. The body breaks down most of the acetaminophen in a normal dose and eliminates it in the urine. But some of the drug is converted into a byproduct that is toxic to the liver. If you take too much—all at once or over a period of days—more toxin can build up than the body can handle. In large doses, acetaminophen can cause liver damage, liver failure or sudden death.
#7 Kratom – Herbal Supplement
Kratom is a plant native to Southeast Asia. This plant is from the same family as coffee, and is often used medicinally to relieve pain. However, it has gained recent popularity in the United States for its psychoactive properties. A few grams of this substance can give someone a high for two to three hours.
#6 Tramadol – Pain Reliever
Tramadol is not an opioid; however, it affects the brain in a very similar way. It acts as an analgesic, and has opiate agonist activity, which gives people a feeling similar to opioids, though it is not as strong. It is often abused by recovering addicts, or people looking for a more easily-obtainable high similar to heroin, or other synthetic opioids such as Vicodin. Tramadol, is legal to posses the drug without a prescription in most of the United States.
#5 Unisom – Sleeping Pill
Normally, Unisom is used as a means to treat insomnia. While it has perfectly valid uses and can be bought at any grocery store, it is abused occasionally by teens looking for a cheap legal high. People abuse Unisom for its hallucinogenic properties, but it also makes them agitated and confused. In large doses, it can be quite dangerous, resulting in prolonged agitation, seizures, and the occasional coma.
#4 Robitussen – Cough suppressant
Recreationally, Robitussin can have very powerful effects, ranging from euphoria, elevated mood, dissociation, dream-like states, and increased awareness.Some other effects which may or may not be considered good, depending on the person, include disorientation, confusion, altered perception of time, decreased sexual functioning, and hallucinations. Using this drug is often referred to as “robo-tripping”. Abusing Robitussin DM and other cough syrups with dextromethorphan is a dangerous activity and one that too many teens participate in.
#3 Baclofen – Muscle Relaxer
Baclofen “High” and Recreational Use. Numerous online and anecdotal reports have suggested that some people abuse baclofen for a narcotic-like “high,” because it can cause drowsiness. There is a high risk of overdose associated with recreational use of baclofen, as high doses are needed for narcotic-like effect.
#2 Benadryl – Antihistamine
Diphenhydramine is the active ingredient in Benadryl. In large doses it can make you drowsy and hallucinate, increasing your heart rate and lowering your blood pressure. Taking large quantities of Benadryl, leads to a different feeling. Users may see streaks, fall asleep or possibly have seizures. Teens may often mix Benadryl with alcohol or other substances, taken with alcohol it is a real risk.
#1 Imodium – Laxative
Addicts are turning to Imodium for their next high, as it is readily available and cheap. Loperamide, the main ingredient in Imodium A-D, causes intestinal slow-down, which helps stop diarrhea. But in very high doses, it can have other effects — as well as some serious risks. It’s an opioid agent and it helps to bind receptors in the brain and cause a similar euphoria or high. Addicts are found to be popping anywhere from 50 to 300 pills per day.