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Although most people do not experience any problems with dextromethorphan, certain risks are associated with the use of this drug. For example, possible side effects of the medicine include drowsiness, dizziness, and nausea.
Some dextromethorphan side effects are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include depression, slurred speech, and irregular breathing. Dextromethorphan can also cause allergic reactions in rare cases. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you develop signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
An unexplained rash
Swelling of the mouth or throat
To help minimize your risk of these and other problems with dextromethorphan, make sure your healthcare provider has a complete list of all medications you are taking, as well as a complete medical history. By providing your healthcare provider with this information, he or she can be sure this is the right medication for you.
(To learn more about the risks associated with this drug, click Dextromethorphan Side Effects. This article lists other adverse reactions, including other symptoms of allergic reactions.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Dextromethorphan. Drug Facts and Comparisons. Drug Facts and Comparisons 4.0 [online]. 2011. Available from Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. March 16, 2011.
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