dextromethorphan

noun
dex·​tro·​me·​thor·​phan | \ ˌdek-strō-mi-ˈthȯr-ˌfan How to pronounce dextromethorphan (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web The researchers also tested dextromethorphan, a Sigma-receptor-targeting drug in many brands of cough syrup. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Old Drugs May Find a New Purpose: Fighting the Coronavirus," 30 Apr. 2020 For example, the cough suppressant medication dextromethorphan, found in over-the-counter medicines like Robitussin, caused false positive drug screens about 24% of the time, according to one study cited in a 2017 Mayo Clinic report. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "New moms in Alabama face suspicion over error-prone drug screens," 9 Feb. 2020 Lobbying Lineup Five organizations that have lobbied on Ohio House Bill 29, which prohibits stores from selling dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant in name brands such as Robitussin or NyQuil, to people under age 18. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Bill requiring photo ID on Ohio food stamp cards to get another look: Capitol Letter," 18 Dec. 2019 For the power of meds and the calming feeling of honey, this formula is the only one that combines a cough suppressant (dextromethorphan), a cough expectorant (guaifenesin) and 19% natural grade A honey. Good Housekeeping Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Do You Have a Cold or the Flu? Here's How to Find Out," 16 Oct. 2019 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 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dextromethorphan. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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dextromethorphan

noun
dex·​tro·​me·​thor·​phan | \ ˌdek-strō-mi-ˈthȯr-ˌfan How to pronounce dextromethorphan (audio) \

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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