What is purple drank?
“Purple Drank” high is based on the mixture of codeine (an opiate) and Promethazine (an antihistamine, both found already mixed in the cough syrup. This mixture is very common to treat a mild cough in children and adults. It is a safe combination of legal drugs that have to acquire a recreational drug use among some music communities and artists.
What should you know about purple drank consumption?
Users themselves usually recommend that before drinking it, you should consider the following:
You should not drink the Codeine in doses larger than 350 mg
Codeine is one of the most common opiates used today in the legal drug market. It was discovered in 1832, and it is usually prescribed for mild pain, and it is also usually combined with other drugs such as paracetamol and aspirin. Together, these drugs interact with the nervous system and increase the pain threshold of the patient. That is to say; they do not make the pain go away; it just makes you more resistant to it.
The promethazine is the most dangerous of them
It is a powerful sedative. It is commonly used to sedate people before minor surgery and to calm restlessness and agitation that may be a consequence of some psychiatric condition. It is also generally prescribed to treat patients who suffer from chronic insomnia due to its strong sedative effects. If you listen to people, complain how their allergy medicine makes them feel sleepy all day it may be due to the addition of promethazine to their regular treatment.
The main side effect of this powerful medicine is confusion and drowsiness. This makes you feel like your body does not belong to you and your movements are slower than usual.
If you drink a relatively high dose of codeine to a limited dose of promethazine, so you must check the promethazine dosage, it can make you pass out, which is dangerous when on opiates. This will also ruin the buzz from the codeine.
Codeine has a “ceiling effect” after a dosage of 300 to 400mg. It will stop being metabolized after that, and this can last for more than 4 hours.
Adding alcohol to the mix can increase the danger, check
Codeine and promethazine are relatively safe drugs when they are used without any other interaction. This is the regular use the doctor will tell you to follow. The more dangerous part comes when it is mixed with other drugs, such as alcohol. Purple Drank is usually mixed with sprite and beer; this is where the danger lies.
Yes, you can overdose
The main risk is passing out and having motor malfunctions in your body than would prevent you from breathing or you can even have a cardiac arrest. Since the sedative effect of purple drank make your body function more slowly, your breathing rhythm also decreases and you can have a respiratory arrest. Many rappers have died as a consequence of careless Purple Drank use since this beverage is highly linked to hip-hop and rap communities.