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Famous 'Sizzurp' Cough Syrup Yanked from Market

By Rob Cypher, Apr 23, 2014 | Updated: Apr 23, 2014 | | |
  1. Rob Cypher
    Widespread panic in the rap world -- the high-end cough syrup that's become the lean of choice for Justin Bieber, Soulja Boy, and MANY other rap figures has officially been taken off the market ... all because of its reputation as a widely abused drug.

    A rep for Actavis -- famous for the highly-refined cough syrup -- tells TMZ, "Given [recent media attention], Actavis has made the bold and unprecedented decision to cease all production and sales of its Promethazine Codeine product."

    As we reported, Bieber loves the stuff ... as does Soulja Boy, who regularly posts pictures of Actavis bottles on his Instagram.

    The Actavis rep adds, "This attention has glamorized the unlawful and dangerous use of the product, which is contrary to its approved indication."

    Before Actavis pulled the plug on the product, the street value of a pint bottle hovered around $800 -- but sources familiar with the market tell TMZ, rappers are now offering insane sums to buy up whatever's left. We're told one prominent rapper has already offered his dealer up to $100,000 to get whatever he can.

    Hilariously, being the dumbass he is, Soulja Boy posted a photo of SIX bottles on Monday referencing the Actavis shortage -- "Soulja got the juice. They say the streets dry. I say you gotta be kiddin me. I serve everybody."

    News flash to Soulja -- As far as Actavis is concerned, its game's over.

    April 23, 2014



  1. Drugfreekid
    just read about this and as a hip hop listener the only thing that came to mind was this: Visualize this:

    Now all the rappers drinking this concoction are gonna go into withdrawal. People like soulja boy and justin bieber are now all gonna go into withdrawal. It will be a flurry of rappers vomiting and shitting themselves.
  2. Name goes here
    Wait til these idiots realize codeine is a weak opiate and there are liquid opiates a whole lot stronger. The path to heroin has many many routes.

    So now when the general public needs a strong cough medication and can't get it, thank these idiot pop stars.
  3. TheBigBadWolf
    Thankfully this crap has not been available in my country. As goes for any OTC codeine products.

    promethazine is here mainly misused by injecting methadone users to enhance the opiate effects. hundreds of people overdosed on that stuff out in the streets walking into cars being out of their heads in a way that resembles very much the effects of nightshade alkaloids.

    good move of this company to get it off the market. The combination of promethazine and codeine always made me like: wtf?

    one should believe there's something like ethics out in the business world.

    For people who need a medication for their dry cough better meds are out there: DXM, dextromethadone etc.

  4. Rob Cypher
    I never liked the 'promethazine' part of 'sizzurp'; the few times I had access to opiate cough mixes it was codeine only or hydrocodone/APAP. I'll pass on the antipsychotic, regardless of the alleged itch relief it gives.
  5. tidruid
    I am not surprised at all that they finally took this stuff off the market.
  6. Dextronautical
    I wouldn't be surprised to see a huge surge in DXM-based cough syrups considering DXMs ability to combat opiate withdrawal.
  7. Stickemupz
    Or worse.....
    Can you imagine the next gen of rappers making the (unfortunately) seemingly logical decision and use heroin. casually talking about heroin, like cannabis and expensive alcohol progressed in popular rap culture to cocaine and cough syrup containing an anti-histamine and a very addictive opiate w/ sweeteners.

    Heroin rap on commercial stations anyone? Haha

    Feel sorry for anyone who legitimately needed this though because some rappers can't rhyme and slur instead, and say "sizzurp" and "syrup" as casually as if it was a joint shared or something.

    Maybe they can blame shit "rap" and "RnB" on methadone next....

    For the record I love hip-hop, just not its pop infusion and recent lack of talent.
  8. Dextronautical
    Someone negged me because they're too lazy to spend three seconds on google but I thought the reduction of opiate withdrawals effects due to DXM usage would be fairly common knowledge by now, its not exactly new information or anything. You can even find out about it via DXM's wikipedia page
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