It's no secret that sizzurp continues to make headlines on the Internet lately. Many are curious about what is sizzurp and why it's considered dangerous. One of the main ingredients of this cocktail drink is a prescription cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine.
Codeine and promethazine syrup, also known as purple drank, sizzurp, and lean, is a combination of cough syrup containing codeine and either fruit juice, soda, or liquefied candy.
Cough syrup used in sizzurp production can also contain promethazine, an antihistamine which causes feelings of sedation and relaxation. The blend of codeine and promethazine
For those who do not know, codeine works by suppressing cough while promethazine works by blocking the action of histamine to reduce symptoms of allergies, such as a runny nose, sneezing or nausea. The use of codeine/ promethazine syrup must be supervised by a physician.
Codeine/promethazine syrup should not be taken by people who are allergic to codeine-related medicines or any ingredient in codeine/promethazine syrup. It is also not recommended for patients with severe drowsiness, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apnea, fever, diarrhea caused by food poisoning or antibiotic use, and productive cough. Additionally, pregnant women and patients with a history of heart problems, low blood pressure, seizures, substance abuse, liver or kidney problems, and bladder problems must share these conditions to their healthcare provider before taking codeine/promethazine syrup.
In general, codeine/promethazine syrup is a safe medication as long as it is taken according to a doctor's prescription. But like any other medicines, it has some side effects -- the most common are dizziness; drowsiness; constipation; a headache; blurred vision; and dry mouth, throat, or nose.
When taken in large amounts or combined with alcohol for recreational use, codeine/promethazine syrup may trigger more dangerous impact, such as confusion, hallucinations, irregular heartbeat, tightness in the chest, seizures, tremors, and uncontrolled muscle movements.