do people often abuse the drug mucinex DM?

Not Medical Advice: Dextromethorphan, the "DM" in Mucinex DM, is a cough suppressant, but it is also used as a recreational drug, more commonly with teens as it is easily obtained. In a 2011 survey, approximately 5 percent of teens had reported abusing the drug in the past year.

When it is taken at doses higher than recommended, dextromethorphan is classified as a hallucinogen and acts similar to phencyclidine (PCP). Side effects include disassociation, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, sweating, fever, and shallow breathing. Recreational use of any medication is extremely dangerous.

Updated on Saturday, May 26 2012 at 11:52PM EDT
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