Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine | Medical Toxicology | Substance Abuse and Addiction
Abuse of antitussive preparations is a continuing problem in the United States and throughout the world. Illicit, exploratory, or recreational use of dextromethorphan and codeine/promethazine cough syrups is widely described. This review describes the pharmacology, clinical effects, and management of toxicity from commonly abused antitussive formulations.
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Citation: Subst Abuse Rehabil. 2013 Nov 6;4:75-82. doi: 10.2147/SAR.S36761. Link to article on publisher's site
codeine, dextromethorphan, promethazine, purple drank, sizzurp
Burns, Jarrett M. and Boyer, Edward W., "Antitussives and substance abuse" (2013). University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications. 792.
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