dextromethorphan

noun
dex·tro·me·thor·phan | \ˌdek-strō-mi-ˈthȯr-ˌfan \

Definition of dextromethorphan 

: a cough suppressant C18H25NO that is widely used especially in the form of a hydrated hydrogen bromide complex

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Both codeine and dextromethorphan carry the potential for abuse and have serious side effects that have led to warnings from the Food and Drug Administration. Richard Klasco, M.d., New York Times, "What’s the Best Medicine for a Cough?," 6 Apr. 2018 But a systematic review concluded that dextromethorphan was about as good as honey at reducing cough frequency. Richard Klasco, M.d., New York Times, "What’s the Best Medicine for a Cough?," 6 Apr. 2018 Jake had just overdosed on a powerful cough medication containing dextromethorphan, which can generate euphoria and hallucinations. Jeanne Whalen, WSJ, "After Addiction Comes Families’ Second Blow: The Crushing Cost of Rehab," 8 Mar. 2018 In 2011, the state Legislature added dextromethorphan to the list of over-the-counter drugs with an 18-and-over age requirement – moving them behind the counter. Ed Fletcher, sacbee, "What’s behind the spike in drug store robberies?," 8 Dec. 2017 Coricidin contains dextromethorphan and chlorpheniramine, which experts say when taken in high doses – which is typically a result of recreational use – can cause euphoria, agitation, psychoses and dissociative phenomena. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Autopsy: Victim in "cold medicine" slaying was stabbed, slashed 123 times," 18 Oct. 2017 The most common active ingredients mentioned were diphenhydramine and dextromethorphan. Philly.com, "Are cough and cold medications safe for kids?," 29 Aug. 2017 In the early 2000s, Smith combined dextromethorphan — the main ingredient in cough syrups such as Robitussin — with quinidine, a drug used to treat irregular heart rhythms. Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News, "Overwrought Marketing? Ads, Not Research, Create Some Pharma Best-Sellers," 16 May 2017 The heart drug helps boost and maintain levels of the dextromethorphan in the bloodstream. Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News, "Overwrought Marketing? Ads, Not Research, Create Some Pharma Best-Sellers," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of dextromethorphan

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dextromethorphan

dextr- + methyl + morphinan parent substance of morphine alkaloids, from morphine + -an entry 3

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dextromethorphan

noun
dex·tro·me·thor·phan | \ˌdek-strō-mi-ˈthȯr-ˌfan \

Medical Definition of dextromethorphan 

: a cough suppressant that is widely used especially in the form of its hydrobromide C18H25NO·HBr in over-the-counter cough and cold preparations and is a codeine analog of levorphanol lacking the analgesic properties of codeine and producing little or no depression of the central nervous system abbreviation DXM

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