How to use Dextromethorphan in a sentence
The "high" is caused by dextromethorphan, a common ingredient found in many cough medicines.
Dextromethorphan is a safe and effective ingredient when taken in the correct doses.
Dextromethorphan, the primary ingredient in many over-the-counter cough remedies, also depresses the brain's cough center but without the side effects associated with narcotics.
The most popular drug in this class is dextromethorphan, which is quite safe and is available without prescription.
The letters DM in a product's name normally indicates the presence of dextromethorphan, but it is always best to read the ingredients.Advertisement
Dextromethorphan works best in liquid formulations but is also available in capsules, lozenges, and tablets.
Dextromethorphan is used for the temporary relief of coughs caused by minor throat and bronchial irritation such as may occur with common colds or with inhaled irritants.
Dextromethorphan is most effective in the treatment of chronic, nonproductive cough.
Dextromethorphan has been reported to be effective in reversing some of the adverse effects of methotrexate, a drug that has found use in many conditions including cancer, psoriasis, and some types of arthritis.
Lozenges containing dextromethorphan hydrobromide should not be used in children younger than six years of age.Advertisement
Dextromethorphan is not meant to be used for coughs associated with asthma, chronic bronchitis, or other lung conditions.
Dextromethorphan rarely causes side effects but has been reported to cause dizziness, drowsiness, and stomach upset.
There have been rare reports of vomiting caused by dextromethorphan.
Although dextromethorphan is very safe, it can cause problems when taken in too large a dose.
In overdose, dextromethorphan can cause extreme dizziness, shallow breathing, and coma.Advertisement
Dextromethorphan has no clinically significant interactions with medications that are likely to be given to children.
However, dextromethorphan should not be used in combination with narcotic analgesics such as meperidine or codeine, since dextromethorphan will increase the side effects of the analgesic.