Modern medicine has made significant advances in creating medication to treat several ailments. Some of the active ingredients in these medications are known to be harmful at higher doses and can lead to addiction if abused. Triple C is one type of medication with a high rate of abuse when taken in high doses. Triple C’s long-term effects include permanent brain damage and liver and kidney failure. If you suspect a friend or loved one is abusing Triple C, a drug rehab program is essential for getting them healthy and sober.
At Ashwood Recovery, we provide compassionate support for men and women struggling with an addiction to Triple C, alcohol, or other substances. We give our patients the knowledge and skills to understand how addiction affects them and use healthy coping techniques to stop their abuse. Continue reading to learn more about Triple C’s long-term effects, then call 208.274.8609 to speak with our friendly staff if you suspect a friend or loved one is abusing Triple C.
What Is Triple C?
Triple C is one of the slang terms for the cold medicine Coricidin Cough & Cold. It is an over-the-counter cough suppressant with the active ingredient dextromethorphan. In standard doses, this medication will relieve coughs and congestion. It can cause hallucinations, euphoria, auditory changes, and floating sensations in high doses. Dextromethorphan is in the same class of drugs as ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic known for its pain relief and sedation.
After taking high doses, people can experience:
- Slurred speech
- Stomach pain
- Red or watery eyes
- Blurry vision
- Irregular heartbeat
Triple C effects on the brain can become permanent with long-term abuse. At Ashwood Recovery, we help men and women understand the dangers of their addiction and how it affects them and their loved ones.
The Long-Term Effects of Triple C
The standard amount of dextromethorphan in each capsule is 2.5 to 10mg. With regular use, this amount is safe to take. It can take up to 24 pills to feel some of the euphoric effects that can last anywhere from six to 12 hours, with patients who have a slower metabolism can feel the effects for up to 24 hours. If they take more Triple C during that time, it can lead to addiction and physical harm.
Just some of Triple C’s long-term side effects include:
- Triple C’s effects on the brain – Triple C depresses cognitive functions responsible for heart rate and breathing. The effects are similar to ketamine in high doses and can lead to permanent brain damage. Triple C is popular with teens, and this drug can significantly impact their development if abused for a long time.
- Kidney and liver failure – Triple C contains high levels of acetaminophen, a relatively safe drug when taken in small doses. A single dose of Triple C contains 300mg of acetaminophen, which can lead to kidney and liver damage, cramping, vomiting, and other adverse effects.
- Dependence – When taken as prescribed, Triple C has a low rate of addiction. Due to the high levels it takes to feel the euphoric effects, patients are at a greater risk of dependence as they flood their bodies with toxins that can take up to a week to clear out.
Ashwood Recovery Helps Patients Struggling with Triple C Addiction
At Ashwood Recovery, our certified therapists are well aware of Triple C’s long-term effects on the brain and the rest of their bodies and how it can lead to serious physical harm. During the recovery process, patients learn about the dangers of addiction to Triple C and other substances. We then teach them coping skills to stop their abuse and lead healthy lives.
If you suspect a friend or loved one is abusing Triple C, call 208.274.8609 today to see how we can benefit their recovery journey through our outpatient treatment facility.