Over the years, drug abusers have attempted to discover new ways to abuse over the counter medications.


Some have even started producing their concoction, which is frequently known as Lean.

By utilizing Nyquil and a handful of other substances, it is possible to produce a highly potent alcohol-like substance, which has been popularized by hip-hop videos.



More and more youths are attempting to learn how to make lean with Nyquil!

It’s a mistake, and these individuals are likely unaware of the dangers of combining these substances.

Below, you will learn why you should not make or drink lean like these “purple drank” or “dirty Sprite”!


What Is Lean?

Before going any further, it is a good idea to learn the basics of lean. This specific mixture refers to purple drank, as well as the dirty Sprite.


Of course

These slang terms for the mixture, which generally contain cough syrup. It has become popular due to the growth of rap music within the United States.


When attempting to learn how to make lean, you will find that the mixture is made with different recipes.

The only commonality amongst them all is the addition of prescription-strength cough syrup.


This medication is mixed with various soft drinks, such as Sprite, Mountain Dew, Tea, and even energy drinks.

A Jolly Rancher or other hard candy can be added to add sweetness to the mixture.

Due to the drink’s purplish tone, it is often referred to as purple drank. It is also possible to make lean with Nyquil.


Potentially Dangerous Side Effects

Before consuming any medication, you should first take the time to look at the potential side effects!

Purple drank or lean is a mixture of various medications, which can cause euphoric effects.


The combination can be incredibly potential and exceptionally dangerous! 


One of the most startling side effects of lean is a seizure.

Consuming large quantities of lean will increase the likelihood of experiencing these side effects and should be avoided!


Other Side Effects

Below, you will find a list of other potential side effects associated with lean.

  • Raspy voice and drowsiness
  • Slurred speech and loss of coordination
  • Decreased heart rate

Although these effects aren’t dangerous on their own, they can put you at risk when driving a vehicle or operating machinery.

Therefore, you should never drink lean if you intend to drive or venture out into society.


Why Is It Dangerous?

Many teenagers and young adults fall for this mixture, due to rap’s popularity with this specific age group.



These individuals fail to acknowledge the enormous risks associated with the abuse of cough syrups. Depending on precisely how the drink is made, the mixture can contain twenty-five times the recommended dosage or more.

This makes lean incredibly dangerous. Also, cough syrup consumption over a long time can lead to irreparable damage to the body. The very individuals responsible for making lean a household name have experienced near-death experienced due to the mixture’s consumption.

The abuse of cough medication was believed to be linked to the death of Pimp C. It was also believed that the use of this mixture could’ve resulted in the heart attack, which eventually killed Big Moe.


And finally

DJ Screw died of an overdose of codeine, alcohol, and promethazine in November of 2000. The results can be deadly, and history has proven this to be real-time and again.


Commercial Purple Drank

As lean has grown in popularity and has managed to attract a substantial amount of attention from the media, various companies have attempted to capitalize on this. The Innovative Beverage Group manufactured and released a product called Drank, which was specifically designed to emulate the drug. 

Although Drank does not contain any promethazine or codeine, it includes a mixture of herbs and natural ingredients, advertised as having a relaxing effect. Other manufacturers have followed suit and have released their version of Drank.

Although these drinks are considered to be safe, they have received a great deal of criticism. Critics of the mixture believe such products will only act as a gateway and encourage children and teenagers to abuse real things.


In 2010

These drinks were referred to as the worst thing to emerge since the release of candy cigarettes. Such commercial products are unknown, but the side effects of lean are enormous, dangerous, and best avoided.



Another thing that will give you concern is that this specific drug is considered incredibly addictive. First and foremost, the majority of ingredients are readily available. Since it is possible to make lean with over-the-counter medications, it is available to almost everyone, ultimately increasing its addictive nature. Codeine is a narcotic and is known to be addictive.



You will get physically and mentally addicted to lean if you abuse it for a short or long period. At the same time, those who have become addicted to codeine will be forced to withdraw to get clean.

It is impossible to go cold turkey and stop using the medication without any side effects. Putting an end to the consumption of lean will result in dramatic side effects. Once you’ve stopped using the drug, you will begin experiencing terrible withdrawal symptoms shortly afterward. So, lean is a dangerous medication that can impact you in the short and long term.


Promethazine With Codeine

Promethazine with codeine is a prescription medication that has been approved for the treatment of rhinitis (common cold). This antihistamine has become a hot topic as of late because it is one of the main ingredients to create lean.

Antihistamines whether prescription or over-the-counter form can have a lot of side effects. Some people find these side effects desirable, and when used in combination with codeine, these effects are heightened drastically.

Codeine is an analgesic that is capable of blocking the pain receptors in the brain. While this prescription narcotic is not one of the most popular, it can offer someone interested in making lean a favorable base ingredient.

With this being said, there will be a time when promethazine with codeine is unattainable. Of course, this will not stop the individual from making lean, because other forms of cough syrup will be utilized instead.


Intense Sweetness

When mixing promethazine with codeine and Sprite, the results will not offer a desirable flavor. Of course, many people will drink the concoction anyway, while others will attempt to alter the flavor by adding sugar, Jolly Rancher, or Skittles.

It is important to note that consuming lean can pose many health risks. The dangerous side effects will include any of the following:

  • Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Syncope (fainting)
  • Moderate to severe headaches
  • Seizure activity
  • Itching and overheating sensation
  • Decreased appetite
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Muscle cramps and stiffness
  • Loss of consciousness and respiratory failure are signs of overdose.


Potential Drug Interactions

If lean is manufactured with the use of codeine and promethazine, the mixture can interact with an array of other drugs. Lean made with these two substances will interact severely with Advair, Weed, Adderall, Norco, Lexapro, Mucinex, and Vicodin.

This specific mixture is also possible to increase the risks associated with certain medical ailments, including liver disease, renal dysfunction, hypotension, and even infectious diarrhea.

If you are using any of these medications or have any of these ailments, it is essential to stay away from codeine and promethazine.



All in all, lean is incredibly dangerous. Mixing cough syrup with promethazine can enhance the potency of both. The combination will also increase the negative side effects and dangers. Suffice to say; you should never do it!


David with lots of experience and knowledge in medications that are utilized to treat a wide range of medical conditions. Before David dispenses a medication to a patient, he will go over the side effects, dosage recommendation and contraindications.


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    Now they are mixing promethazine with Heroin. The deadly duo. People are dying from this combination. Heroin is a lot stronger than codeine of course and you inject it IV. But codeine is just as addictive, even when it is consumed orally. Both come from the Opium Poppy and both are addictive. If you drink that purple stuff daily, then you are in for a withdrawal shock. Knowing your drugs is the best harm reduction strategy you can have.

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    One of my most favorite relaxation beverages is purple stuff. It makes me a very cheap liquid item that contains ingredients like vitamin B5. To the best of my knowledge, it has complete pro-relaxation formulae that make me to relax the body, calm down and also focus my mind very well. For me, it is quite good stuff to take before the bedtime. My overall rating is 8 out of 10 for this excellent purple stuff.

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    The purple drank is one of the most energized drinks. I tasted this stuff a lot of times in my lifetime. It was completely a relaxation beverage, which helped me to calm down and focus on my work. This beverage is like a liquid medication for those want a relaxation in their life. I think it is better to drink than any other beverages like a downer, weed, etc. I have just stuck with it after tasted.

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    I am a person who tried this effective purple drank. A few months back, I have used this cool medication for asleep well. It was a quite sleeper medication that makes me felt calm down and relax as well as got a better sleep during night. Many of my friends suggested me that don’t drink this beverage too much, because it contains ingredient that make the consumer addict due to longtime usage. Fortunately, I personally got the relaxing experience and also recommend this to my friends.

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    I’m 14 and I have never tried lean but at most parties I go to everybody is drinking small amounts. I want to try it but after the party I have to get home so I’m not sure of this is the safe way to try it or try it with just a couple of friends instead of like 50

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    I am a tensed person in life due to my pressure job. When I searched for relaxation, my friend has suggested this tasty beverage named as purple drank. After tasted this, I found a very slight artificial sweetener but not that much sweet as like the normal grape soda. It is lightly carbonated with sucralose and ultimately east to take this drink. I would recommend this stuff for everyone who wants relaxation.

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    I always wondered about this wonderful purple drank. It gave me a pleasurable experience after I have tasted this. The secret of this commercial drink is its presence of ingredients. I would give decent rating for this purple stuff, because it makes me feel something unique. But my only request is that don’t take it too much, otherwise the effects of this drank abuse will suffer a lot. Consuming limited is good for everyone! Let you try this and feels most out of the world!

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    I drank the tasty grape purple stuff. It was very tasty and really easy to drink. It contains only 50 calories, but a plenty of B vitamins and slightly carbonated drink. I wondered about the inexpensive cost of this wonderful drink. If you are trying to fall asleep for a long, it is a perfect replacement for warm milk. I usually take this drink before going to bed. It makes me sleepy and feels really relaxed, when I wake up at morning.

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    Once I would like to try this purple drank. Before that I consulted with my doctor, he said that purple drank is like the effects of drug abuse, so he ask me to consume limited only. This purple drank contains ingredient such as euphoria. When I tried this at first time, the combination of its effect was mind blowing and makes me very woozy. If you feel like me, let you try this!

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    I have tried this purple drank once upon a time and its effects were awesome. One of my friends has suggested this cold medication for getting relaxed. Their taste was like a normal soda drink like Mountain Dew or Sprite.

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    No instructions on how to make it damn

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