Dextromethorphan (DXM)

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:53 by admin
Dextromethorphan Ineffective In Treating Coughs/Colds

Updated June 2007 - The FDA has issued an advisoryabout the abuse potential and dangers of dextromethorphan. Dextromethorphan (DXM) is a drug approved for over-the-counter use in conjunction with other active ingredients in treating cold and flu symptoms. The drug is the active ingredient in the OTC medicines Robitussin DM and Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold.

Many doctors and regulators believe that if dextromethorphan were reviewed again before the FDA, the drug would not meet safety standards set for OTC medicines. While generally safe at recommended doses, drug abusers place their lives on the line when they consume DXM in high doses. DXM, while non-narcotic, is a distant relative of the opioid class of drugs including codeine and morphine.

Recent studies have called into question the drug’s efficacy in treating cold and flu symptoms. Several teens have died abusing the drug, prompting FDA officials to issue a warning about the abuse potential for DXM and related cold bromides.

Injuryboard attorneys are currently reviewing wrongful death cases due to dextromethorphan overdose. If you have been injured as a result of dextromethorphan, an Injuryboard attorney will review your claim today free of charge. Keep in mind that there are time limits which may affect your cause of action.

See Also

  1. Common Cold Drugs: Overview
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