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Dr. Francine Mosley
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Dextromethorphan Cough Syrup (Overview)

Dextromethorphan cough syrup is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common cold or symptom drug).


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What r side effects of dextromethorphan cough syrup?

What r side effects of dextromethorphan cough syrup?

Minimal: Most over the counter cough medications (known as anti tussives) are typically very safe. Dextromethoraphan is a good cough suppressant and there are many "branded" versions out there. The most common side effects include dizziness and drowsiness; most people have no side effects. ...Read more

Dr. Francine Mosley
326 doctors shared insights

Dextromethorphan Cough Syrup (Overview)

Dextromethorphan cough syrup is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common cold or symptom drug).


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What r side effects of dextromethorphan cough syrup?

Minimal: Most over the counter cough medications (known as anti tussives) are typically very safe. Dextromethoraphan is a good cough suppressant and there are many "branded" versions out there. The most common side effects include dizziness and drowsiness; most people have no side effects. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Daily
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
Once
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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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Can i give my 5 year old a cough syrup (dextromethorphan polistirex) and Benadryl together?

Can i give my 5 year old a cough syrup (dextromethorphan polistirex) and Benadryl together?

Not a good idea: Both medications are sedating and can impair your child's breathing. You should attempt to treat the cause of the cough, not the symptom. Ask you pediatrician. ...Read more

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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Control the cough with medications and keep hydrated
Once
Finish all antibiotics, even if the patient is improving or better
Once
Assure all immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns when sick
Once
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My friend drank half a bottle of cough syrup containing DXM (dextromethorphan) and turned red an starting itching terribly. Is this overdose symptoms ?

My friend drank half a bottle of cough syrup containing DXM (dextromethorphan) and turned red an starting itching terribly. Is this overdose symptoms ?

Yes. Take to ER now.: DXM OD can be life-threatening. Signs absolutely do include red skin, sweating, heart racing, as well as increased blood pressure, possible nausea/vomiting, lethargy/hyperactivity, slurred speech, altered mental status, even hallucinations & seizures. This drug is abused recreationally now. Your friend needs definitive medical care/observation immediately. ...Read more

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Can you trip off delsym cough syrup?

Yes: The doses necessary are toxic. Do not do it. ...Read more

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Can i take delsym 12 hour cough syrup during the day, and then my prescribed hydromet cough syrup at night? I want to make sure this is fine to do.

Can i take delsym 12 hour cough syrup during the day, and then my prescribed hydromet cough syrup at night? I want to make sure this is fine to do.

Maintain: You should give your doctors plan and your body a chance to work. Not k owing your medical situation, i would call your prescribing doctor to let him know you are not happy with current plan. He will then give you a better option. But realize it will take some time. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


Dr. Joseph Holtman
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Dextromethorphan (Definition)

Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more