Otc Cough Syrups Research Paper

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Higher-than-recommended doses of some over the counter (OTC) cough syrups produce psychoactive (mind altering) effects in which cause them to be abused. Two commonly abused cough syrups include dextromethorphan and promethazine-codeine. Several OTC cold medicines contain dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant and expectorant. When taken in amounts exceeding the recommended dose, it may produce euphoria, dissociation and/or hallucinations. Whereas, promethazine-codeine contains codeine, an opioid that serves a role in cough suppression, as well as promethazine HCl, an antihistamine that produces sedation. When taken in higher-than recommended doses, it may produce relaxation and euphoria. When OTC cough syrups are taken as intended, they safely
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