FDA declines to restrict cough medication despite review.
How many teenagers have to get high on over the counter cough medicine before it’s considered a recreational drug worthy of restriction?
In the face of the mounting statistics showing that people are getting hospitalized for misuse and abuse of dextromethorpan (DXM), the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee decided that DXM is still one of the medications that should not fall under the Controlled Substances Act. They reasoned that the health hazards do not offset the benefits and did not warrant restricting.
The review could have restricted this drug to prescription only use.
In high doses cough medicines that contain DXM can cause hallucinations.
The committee review was requested by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
DXM is found in products such as Robitussin DM, NyQuil, and Tylenol Cold Tablets.