Posted by yxibow on August 25, 2005, at 1:42:01
In reply to Dextromethorphan? Why?, posted by Empathy on August 25, 2005, at 1:19:51
> As I posted earlier, I had a friend commit suicide almost a month ago - his wife mentioned in passing that he had being using, I believe she said Dextromethorphan. (She said it was in cough syrup, is there something "else" that sounds like that?) She said he was using it for depression and had initially had amazing success.
I'm not sure where you are located but Dextromethorphan (Robitussin, other brands) is one of the two opiates allowed over the counter in the US, or at least here in California. Its a very weak one for cough syrup. The other one, for random knowledge is Imodium (loperamide) for diarrhea which doesnt cross the blood brain barrier and thus has no opiate brain activity.
> Does anyone know anything about this drug? I have been trying to figure out what would have led him to try such a thing. I know that there are people here on the board that have a strong grasp of the chemistry of drugs and I wondered if they would explain what effect this drug has on the brain and mood.
I'm sure the Erowid vault has "experiences" on Dextromethorphan or DXM as the street name is called. I imagine it starts out mildly euphoric but it is quickly becomes vomit-making at higher doses and all sorts of unpleasant things.
> So can someone take pity on me and explain, if they know, what he was doing treating himself with this medication?
Ed_uk might add more but I think, and only in my opinion, that he was slowly trying to commit suicide or self-treat depression without knowledge of what he was doing... the dose range of DXM beyond the package label gets into all sorts of nasty feelings, side effects, extreme nausea, etc.
hope that helps... as I say there are plenty of stories you can find about "DXM" in google, but they're not pleasant.