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Does abusing dextromethorphan cough syrup create some permanent brain damage?

Does abusing dextromethorphan cough syrup create some permanent brain damage?

Yes: At high does, dxm can cause coma and if deep enough, respiratory depression could certainly lead to anoxia and permanent brain injury. Deaths have also been associated with dxm overdose and certainly is a permanent condition. Much more on the subject at: http://www.Webmd.Com/parenting/teen-abuse-cough-medicine-9/teens-and-dxm-drug-abuse?Page=1. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Please tell me what is so bad about abusing cough syrup?

Please tell me what is so bad about abusing cough syrup?

Several reasons: Cough syrup (cough suppressant) only treats the cough and not the underlying condition that is "causing" the cough. Also, some cough syrups contain narcotic medication which can lead to addiction. In the long run, it is a good idea to avoid medications with addiction potential. ...Read more

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Does abusing dm OTC cough syrup cause infertility?

Does abusing dm OTC cough syrup cause infertility?

Potentially: Any sort of drug abuse can lower fertility, sperm count and testosterone levels in males. If you're asking about females, check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is cough medicine abuse?

What sort of problem is cough medicine abuse?

Potential Addiction: Cough medicine is abusable and has been abused. Known as robo tripping (http://bit.Ly/bookse), the specific "high" comes from the ingredient dextromethorphan, which essentially causes a dissociative-like state, alongside confusion, slurred speech, etc. Very high doses can lead to respiratory depression and death. Anyone with this problem should seek professional help. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of cough medicine abuse?

What are the most common symptoms of cough medicine abuse?

Cough medicine abuse: The most common symptom is the craving for the cough medicine--the feeling that you just have to have it, and the fact that you are using it daily for a long period of time instead of just for a few days. The other major symptom would be a withdrawal reaction when you stop taking it--shakiness, irritability, sweats, faster heart rate, etc. ...Read more

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My wife thinks I should see someone for my cough medicine abuse. Should i?

My wife thinks I should see someone for my cough medicine abuse.  Should i?

Cough medicine abuse: Yes. Like any addiction, this one is hard to beat, particularly because it is so easy to get cough medicine over-the-counter. Seeing either a physician or a counselor, will help you to understand the problem, its symptoms, the harm it can do, and how to get control of it. There is no major cure. You have to work with someone who understands the disease. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of cough medicine abuse? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

What are the most common symptoms of cough medicine abuse? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

Abuse: Abuse is participating in an activity or use of a substance that is known to be harmful or from which you have been warned by competent authority to avoid. Doing something you know you shouldn't but doing it anyway. Using cough medicine for anything other than treating a cough is abuse. So if you use cough medicine to get high, you've got a problem, and should see your doctor. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for cough medicine abuse?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for cough medicine abuse?

Cough medicine abuse: There are no pills that cure cough medicine abuse. There are medications that can help you reduce the symptoms of withdrawal when you try to quit. Clonidine is one example. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Can i take nyquill with cough syrup?

Can i take nyquill with cough syrup?

Not a good idea: There are several versions of nyquil and most if not all of them contain cough medicine. Taking another cough syrup would probably give you too much dextromethorophan. ...Read more

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Is cough syrup safe for a 6 year old?

Is cough syrup safe for a 6 year old?

Cough: Maybe so , maybe not. Depends on the child, why he/she is coughing and the cough syrup. There are many illnesses that cause cough. Best to see your doctor about any significant cough so that the cause is found and proper medicine can be given. For minor coughs honey in hot herb tea is soothing for children over 1 year of age. ...Read more

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What amount cough syrup can kill you?

What amount cough syrup can kill you?

Don't test it: Cough syrup is not a health drink or a way to get intoxicated. Do not test the limit of how much to drink. ...Read more

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Plz mention a cough syrup for wet cough?

Cough: is necessary attempt by the body to clear undesirable irritants. I do rarely recommend cough suppressants. I recommend expectorates. Many are available over the counter in any pharmacy in the US ...Read more

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What does W/DM stand for in cough syrup?

What does W/DM stand for in cough syrup?

W/DM: Likely with dextramethorphan a cough suppressant. Show it to your pharmacist for confirmation, side effects and if you should take it. All the best. ...Read more

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Which cough syrup can I take for bronchitis?

Which cough syrup can I take for bronchitis?

Cough syrup: Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant, while Guaifenesin loosens mucous. Either will help, and some syrups have both. If you have a fever, or your phlegm is discolored, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the active ingredients in cough syrup?

What are the active ingredients in cough syrup?

Cough meds: Greetings. The active ingredients in cough medication is usually guifenessin which is a mucus thinning agent and dextramethorathan which is a cough suppressant. Check with your pharmacist for confirmation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about cough syrup with codeine?

Can you tell me about cough syrup with codeine?

May be a good: choice to relieve symptoms at night and perhaps provide for a good night's sleep until your body and the other medicines you are taking help with your condition. ...Read more

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Help please! is drinking cough syrup bad for you?

Help please! is drinking cough syrup bad for you?

Potentially: Cough syrups may contain a variety of active ingredients such as first generation antihistamines, mucolytics (break up mucus), cough suppressants (dextromethorphan), narcotics (codeine) and alcohol. While most people tolerate these just fine and the cough improves, i prefer to treat the "cause" of the cough rather than just the suppress symptoms. Be careful with any and all medications! ...Read more

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Is mixing cough syrup with milk for kids not safe?

Is mixing cough syrup with milk for kids not safe?

Flavoring: Milk makes mucus, so you may be defeating your own purpose by giving cough medicine with milk.I know cough medicine tastes bad so try some other flavoring or ask the pharmacist for help. ...Read more

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What amount codeine do you get in your cough syrup?

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Promethazine/Codeine: Promethazine Hydrochloride 6.25 mg/5 mL and Codeine Phosphate 10 mg/5 mL. Promethazine hydrochloride and codeine phosphate syrup is indicated for the temporary relief of coughs and URS associated with allergy or the common cold. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it helpful if i took cough syrup with codeine and?

Is it helpful if i took cough syrup with codeine and?

Helpful for what: Symptoms? Cough syrup with Codeine and what? Please clarify what your question is and re-ask. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to take too much codeine cough syrup?

Is it possible for me to take too much codeine cough syrup?

Absolutely!: Codeine is a narcotic. Although weaker than many narcotics, it still has the same potential side effects from addiction to constipation, respiratory depression, and death. Only use according to prescription instructions and no more. ...Read more

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How many days can we give cough syrup to a 9 year old child?

COUGH: You can give cough syrup at bedtime as long as he is still coughing for 1 to 2 weeks ...Read more

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What should I do to get codeine cough syrup prescribed to you?

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What should I do to get codeine cough syrup prescribed to you?

Cough syrup: You need to discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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How much codeine cough syrup do somebody have to take to overdose?

How much codeine cough syrup do somebody have to take to overdose?

It depends: It depends on the weight of the person, the amount of confine in the product, and the other ingredients. If there is Acetaminophen in the syrup, an overdose can be fatal. Seek medical attention now. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to get codeine cough syrup out of your system?

For What?: Why are you asking? For a drug test? To take other medication? To be not detected? ...Read more

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I am drinking cough syrup for cough from a month. is it good to use so long?

I am drinking cough syrup for cough from a month. is it good to use so long?

Chronic cough: Drinking cough syrup long term is not healthy. More concerning is your cough, which is not getting better after 1 month. You should make an appointment to see your primary care doctor soon. Your testing should include a chest X-ray. ...Read more

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I can not take codine & codone. Is there another cough syrup similar to take?

I can not take codine & codone. Is there another cough syrup similar to take?

Dextromethorphan: Dextromethorphan is present in many otc cough preparations, such as robitussin, (guaifenesin) delsym a& bentylin dm to name a few. If your cough persists longer than 3 weeks, see your physician. ...Read more

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Is there a good, long-lasting cough syrup that I can give my 9 year old child?

Is there a good, long-lasting cough syrup that I can give my 9 year old child?

Codeine: I think the best cough syrup for a nine year old whose cough is a post nasal drip and interfering with sleep, both the nine year olds and his parents, is something like Robitussin with Codeine which is available as a generic and though it does not taste very good is usually very effective. I would start with a teaspoon of honey first for milder cases before the codeine. ...Read more

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Why did I test positive for alcohol after taking and alcohol free cough syrup ?

Why did I test positive for alcohol after taking and alcohol free cough syrup ?

Did you take: any other meds along with the cough syrup? Did you drink the night before? Otherwise I have no explanation as to why you tested positive. ...Read more

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I've had a dry cough for the past 3 weeks tried cough syrup hasnt worked now what can I do.?

I've had a dry cough for the past 3 weeks tried cough syrup hasnt worked now what can I do.?

See doctor: A cough for three weeks is not normal and needs further investigation. May need a chest x-ray especially if you smoke. Any history of tb? Do you live in a state with valley fever (cocci) like arizona or the southwest? See your doctor. ...Read more

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How do I make codiclear cough syrup taste better for my daughter so she can handle taking it?

How do I make codiclear cough syrup taste better for my daughter so she can handle taking it?

Use only if helpful: Many syrups have a pretty noxious taste. Codiclear has Guaifenesin (an expectorant) and hydrocodone (an opiate). It is unclear how helpful these medications are in children. The second ingredient may help your child sleep. For a medication like this, which is designed to prevent symptomatic relief, i always ask parents- is the treatment (e.g. Giving the med) worse than the symptom (e.g. Cough)? ...Read more

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Hi I had cough syrup, tylonel and some alcohal, was wondering if that's not a good mix thanks?

Hi I had cough syrup, tylonel and some alcohal, was wondering if that's not a good mix thanks?

Not a good mix but: I will say it is not a good mix. But it all depends on what kind of cough syrup (what are the ingredients) & the quantity & how often you take it. Same for Tylenol (acetaminophen) dosage & how often & quantity & type of alcohol. It may be safe if you do not exceed two units of alcohol, not more than 650 mgm of Tylenol (acetaminophen) and cough medicine without codeine. As a rule avoid this combination unless above. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if 50 tablets of restyl 0.25mg is taken at a time with corex cough syrup?

Could you tell me what happens if 50 tablets of restyl 0.25mg is taken at a time with corex cough syrup?

Don't Do It: If you mean restoril, (temazepam) the sleeping medication taking , 50 tablest of any dosage of it could be fatal. Taking 50 tablets of any medication could be very dangerous. Medication dosages and combinations should not be used to do experiments. Meds should be taken only as prescribed and any ideas about variations should be discussed with the doctor. Talk with your with your doc rather than self medicate. ...Read more