DXMs History

Since it is a synthetic substance, dextromethorphan has a relatively short history. After its initial creation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved DXM in 1958, introducing the drug, in a form called Romilar, to consumers. After its introduction, DXM slowly became the most popular cough medicine, replacing codeine, which was then being used to treat coughs. This particular form of cough suppressant was discontinued in 1975, after studies showed that its abuse was increasing. Later, other products with DXM were created, but this time, manufacturers made sure that their medicines tasted bad to discourage abuse. However, abuse is now on the rise again, possibly due in part to the addition of flavoring to the medicines, making them more appealing. As of 2007, products containing DXM are still legal to buy and possess without a prescription and they are not part of the drug scheduling system in place in the United States, set up in 1970.

The fact that they are still available doesn't mean they are as easy to obtain as they once were. In 2005, the Federal Combat Methamphetamine Act was approved. As of September 30, 2006, retailers were required to follow strict employee training, product placement, identification, and logbook procedures connected with the purchase of any OTC medication that can be used in the production of methamphetamine, including DXM. Sales

Continue reading here: Other OTC Drugs Being Abused

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