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What is dextromethorphan?
Dextromethorphan, also known as DXM or DM, is a cough suppressant—a medication that helps you cough less. It is found in many types of cough syrup and other cough and cold medications. Most of these can be bought without a prescription.
Many medications that include dextromethorphan also include other drugs, such as:
DXM cough medication is safe when you use it in the right way. It can be harmful if:
What are the symptoms of taking too much dextromethorphan?
If you take too much dextromethorphan cough medication you may:
In serious cases, you may feel like you are floating outside your body, have seizures or go into a coma.
If you take too much dextromethorphan for a long time you may have trouble sleeping or have cravings for the drug.
What should you do if someone has taken too much dextromethorphan?
If someone has used dextromethorphan in a way that could be harmful, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222, chat online or text POISON to 85511. We can also answer other questions you have about about dextromethorphan. If you can, bring the medication bottle to the phone or computer.
|If someone has passed out or is not breathing, call 911 right away.|
How can I prevent dextromethorphan poisonings?
To prevent poisonings from dextromethorphan:
Last Updated: Wednesday May 4th 2016