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Unexpected Abuse of OTC Medications

November 18, 2010 By: PharmaSueAnn Category: Medtipster

“Skittles” not to be mistaken for the sweet, fruit flavored candy, is one of the street names for dextromethorphan also known as “poor man’s PCP” .  Dextromethorphan can be found in many cough and cold medications and are being taken in higher than recommended doses.   High doses of cold products can be fatal.

“OTC Methadone”  people are taking high doses of Loperamide, an OTC drug used to treat diarrhea, is being used for opiate withdrawal.  This has the potential to cause CNS depression and intestinal blockage

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