Stories surrounding Little Wayne’s recent health scare speculate that the rapper’s current troubles are a result of abusing codeine cough syrup, often referred to as “sizzurp.” He has been open about his use of cough syrup, even rapping about it, and many believe that it is responsible for a number of dangerous seizures he has recently suffered. If these allegations are true, he is not the first rapper to struggle with an addiction to Cough Syrup. Pimp C, a member of the Underground Kingz who had actually been featured on Three 6 Mafia’s hit “Sippin on Some Sizzurp,” was found dead from respiratory depression as a result of overdosing on Codeine Cough Syrup in 2007 at the age of 33.
The type of cough syrup being referred to here is not the stuff that you can buy over the counter at a drug store (although that type is abused more so by younger people who will drink an entire bottle in order to experience hallucinogenic effects caused by Dextromethorphan, or DXM— this is also known as “Robotripping”). “Sizzurp” refers to prescription Codeine and Promethazine. Promethazine is an anti-nausea medication that also acts as a sleep aid. Codeine is classified as an opiate—like heroin—and is extremely habit forming. It is intended to be used as a cough suppressant, but in higher doses produces a euphoric effect. Codeine, like all opiates, is a central nervous system depressant. An overdose can slow down respiratory functioning to the point of respiratory arrest causing death.
Codeine cough syrup is not only mentally addictive but physically addictive as well. Withdrawal symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, cold sweats and muscle aches. Many people who attempt to quit using codeine on their own struggle immensely with the withdrawal symptoms
If you or someone you love is abusing opiates, including codeine, There is a Solution can help. We are a treatment placement service that works with various detoxes and drug and alcohol treatment centers. So many men and women struggle trying to get clean on their own. Getting the help you need can ease the process. Detox is especially helpful as it prevents painful withdrawal symptoms and allows individuals to gently taper off the drug. We can help you find both long and short term recovery programs depending on your treatment needs.
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