What is dextromethorphan?
Dextromethorphan (DXM) is a synthetically produced ingredient found in many over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold remedies. DXM has gradually replaced codeine as the most widely used cough suppressant. It is available OTC in capsule, liquid, liquid gelatin capsule, lozenge, and tablet forms. When formulated properly and used as directed, DXM is a safe cough-suppressant medicine.
Why should I be worried about it?
Abuse of DXM can cause death as well as other serious adverse events, such as brain damage, seizure, loss of consciousness, and irregular heartbeat. Recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has become concerned about the abuse of this drug. The agency is working with other health and law enforcement authorities to address this serious issue and warn the public of potential harm.
Abuse? What? Why?
DXM abuse, though not a new phenomenon, has developed into a disturbing trend, which involves the sale of pure DXM in powdered form. This pure DXM is often encapsulated by the “dealer” and offered for street use.
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