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Dextromethorphan abuse: A common choice for addicts of all ages

from By Cynthia Sheppard Solomon

Available since the 1950s, dextromethorphan can be found in more than 140 different cough-and-cold remedies — both prescription and over the counter. When given for a cough at recommended low doses, usually it is free of serious side effects. But when the drug is taken in higher amounts, bizarre behavior, including hallucinations, is common. Given the effects of DXM abuse, patients are unlikely to present for care before considerable concentrations of the drug have been absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. more

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