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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Dextromethorphan

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Question: Do you have any information about dextramethorphan?

Answer: Dextromethorphan hydrochloride is a semisynthetic narcotic. It suppresses coughs about half as effectively as codeine. However, has little addictive potential due to its low narcotic activity. It will produce the same side effects as any narcotic - constipation and occasional nausea(especially on an empty stomach). It is mainly used as an agent to suppress cough and acts in the brain and it has no analgesic activity. It is metabolized by the liver and excreted in the urine.
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