Dextromethorphan: Ingestion methods

Last modified: Saturday, 30. May 2009 - 3:35 pm

Dextromethorphan is administered by the oral route only in the forms of syrup, lozenges, extended-release oral suspension, chewable tablets, and capsules.
Extra fluid should be ingested when taking dextromethorphan for therapeutic purposes, which helps relieve congestion associated with colds or influenza. Dextromethorphan should also be taken with food if it upsets the patient’s stomach. The liquid form of dextromethorphan should be measured carefully with a special spoon or cup and not with a standard tablespoon to accurately measure the correct amount; pharmacists can often provide these accurate measuring devices. Dextromethorphan should be used only as directed by a physician. If the instructions are unclear, the patient can usually receive reliable information about dextromethorphan from a pharmacist or nurse.
There have been reports that dextromethorphan is sometimes sniffed when used in a recreational abusive situation.

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