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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Dextromethorphan
Answer: Dextromethorphan hydrochloride is a semisynthetic narcotic. It suppresses coughs about
half as effectively as codeine. However, has little addictive potential due to its low narcotic
activity. It will produce the same side effects as any narcotic - constipation and occasional
nausea(especially on an empty stomach). It is mainly used as an agent to suppress cough and
acts in the brain and it has no analgesic activity. It is metabolized by the liver and excreted in the