Agency warns against dextromethorphan abuse

Agency warns against dextromethorphan abuse

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working with health and Law enforcement agencies to warn the public about the potential harm of dextromethorphan (DXM) abuse, according to a May 20, 2005, FDA Talk Paper. Dextromethorphan is a synthetically produced ingredient found in many over-the-counter cough and cold remedies. It has gradually replaced codeine as the most widely used cough suppressant in the United States.

Although DXM generally is safe and effective when taken in recommended doses, pure DXM in powdered form is being sold by drug dealers for street use. Abuse of DXM can cause death, as well as other serious adverse events, such as brain damage, seizure, Loss of consciousness, and irregular heart beat. Additional information about the dangers of DXM abuse can be found on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration web site at http://store.health.org/ catalog/mediaDetails.aspx?ID=371 and http://www.family.samhsa.gov/ get/otcdrugs.aspx.

FDA Warns Against Abuse of Dextromethorphan (DXM) (FDA Talk Paper, Rockville, Md: US Food and Drug Administration, May 20, 2005) http://www.fda.gov/ bbs/topics/ANSWERS/2005/ANS01360.html (accessed 25 May 2005).

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