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Sizzurp

Sizzurp
Sizzurp

Sizzurp (Purple Drank, Lean) is a slang term for a drink mixture that uses cough syrup as one of its main ingredients. Though dangerous, this drink has been made popular by Hip Hop music originating from Houston, Texas and its popularity has been growing across the United States for the past years.


Sizzurp is used as a recreational drug among teens and young adults. The mixture is made by mixing prescription strength Cough Syrup which contains Codeine and Promethazine with a sweet drink such as sprite or iced tea lemonade. Once the mixture is done, it tends to have a purplish color as a result of the dyes in the cough syrup medication. This drink is very dangerous due to the fact people have to use doses that are well above the recommended dosage in order to obtain the effects deemed pleasurable.

Sizzurp (Purple Drank) Recipe

The recipe for purple drank is very simple which is why it’s so common among young individuals. To make purple drank, one needs prescription grade 2-4 oz of cough syrup(promethazine-codeine), 12-20 oz sweet drink(fruit flavored soda, original sprite etc.), flavor additive (jolly rancher). Once all items are there, add them to a Styrofoam cup and mix it. The amount of each ingredients will vary based on the user’s tolerance to the drugs.

Sizzurp (Purple Drank) Ingredients

The main ingredient in purple drank is the cough syrup, though users prefer Promethazine Codeine cough syrup, other cough syrups can be used as a substitute, such as those containing high amounts of DXM. Promethazine is an antihistamine and codeine is a narcotic; Promethazine is responsible for motor skill impairment, lethargy, extreme drowsiness, while the codeine is mainly responsible for the euphoric feeling caused by the purple drank. The drink(sprite) is a component of the mixture but is not active ingredient, and the jolly rantchers are there to provide a better taste. Though Sprite and Jolly ranchers are the original ingredients of sizzurp, they can both be exchanged for other similar items.

Sizzurp (Purple Drank) Effects and Side Effects

Once the purple drank mixture is done, the user proceeds to sipping it. Shortly after sipping it, the effects start to kick in for the user. Most people drink it for the euphoria caused by the codeine and the drunk feelings such as impair motor control caused by the Promethazine. The effects individuals experience vary by individuals, one person might have some side effects after drinking the mixture while some may not. The most serious side effect of Purple Drank is that it can depress the central nervous and respiratory systems which can cause the heart and lungs to stop functioning and possibly resulting in death. Eowid, a website which allow users to post their experiences with certain drugs such as sizzurp listed the following side effects for sizzurp:

  • Waves of nausea
  • Constricted pupils
  • Intense drowsiness
  • Droopy eyes
  • Slurred speech