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What are the most common symptoms of cough medicine abuse?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine

In brief: Cough medicine abuse

The most common symptom is the craving for the cough medicine--the feeling that you just have to have it, and the fact that you are using it daily for a long period of time instead of just for a few days.
The other major symptom would be a withdrawal reaction when you stop taking it--shakiness, irritability, sweats, faster heart rate, etc.

In brief: Cough medicine abuse

The most common symptom is the craving for the cough medicine--the feeling that you just have to have it, and the fact that you are using it daily for a long period of time instead of just for a few days.
The other major symptom would be a withdrawal reaction when you stop taking it--shakiness, irritability, sweats, faster heart rate, etc.
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