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SacredCow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 01:53 PM
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Mucinex DM: Side Effects?
I've been kind of congested for a few days (I think it's pollen-related) and I started taking the Mucinex DM on Sunday. I'm usually not very sensitive to meds, but I swear that I feel like I'm drunk while I'm on this stuff- kind of dizzy and loopy. Not an altogether horrible feeling, but surely not helping me get my work done.

Anybody else have this experience with this stuff?
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RockaFowler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 01:54 PM
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1. I feel the same way
I'm only taking the pills at night now. That way if I'm sick, I'll just fall asleep and not feel as bad.
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SacredCow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 01:58 PM
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2. Yeah, I think I'm going to stop taking them during the day, too....
Edited on Thu Mar-05-09 01:58 PM by SacredCow
My productivity has flat-lined, what with being in the medicine fog....
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 01:59 PM
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3. Mucinex doesn't have anything in it that should make you tired but you do need
to drink a lot of water while you're taking it.
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SacredCow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 02:00 PM
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4. Well, it's the Mucinex DM- not the regular Mucinex...
And the water thing might be significant. I *do* feel a little dehydrated, come to think of it.

<SacredCow goes to fill his water bottle>
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 02:04 PM
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6. i just went to their website, the dm is for night time.
anyhow, drink up.
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SacredCow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 02:08 PM
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8. Is it? I thought it was just the expectorant / cough suppressant....
but yeah- I'm going to be sipping for the rest of the day...
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 02:11 PM
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10. yes, the dm is for night which is why you're sleepy.
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SacredCow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 02:17 PM
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14. I wouldn't call it sleepy, exactly.....
Yeah, I'd love to lay down, but I'm not yawning or lethargic. Seriously, it's almost exactly like that sweet spot of being *just* drunk enough- not quite to the point of being in danger of a hangover, but definitely over the legal limit to drive.
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 10:06 PM
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17. it is the DM that is getting to you. Get the plain version, and house brand is
just as good and cheaper by far
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 02:03 PM
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5. Don't the side effects include,
little green men stereotyping 1950s New York working class types coming out your nose and mouth?

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SacredCow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 02:05 PM
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7. If I see that dude, I'll totally let you know.....
so far, though, it's just me feeling like I've had a few cocktails...
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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 10:23 PM
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20. the booger version of Ralph Kramden?
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 02:10 PM
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9. Ever pass a disco ball?
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SacredCow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 02:13 PM
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11. Huh?
:shrug:
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SacredCow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 02:13 PM
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12. delete- computer hiccup. n/t
Edited on Thu Mar-05-09 02:14 PM by SacredCow
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foxfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 02:13 PM
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13. In sufficiently high doses, dextromethorphan (the "dm" part)
can have euphoric, hallucinogenic and dissociative effects, You may just be super-sensitive to what is usually considered a therapeutic dose. I've seen many people who use it as a legal recreational substance (I'm a retired psychiatric social worker). You may want to talk to your doc about alternatives.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-medical_use_of_dextrom...
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Schema Thing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 02:18 PM
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15. DM = dextromethorphan, or DMX
I took Robitussin for the first time in years a while back, and woke up in the middle of the night with a raging panic attack that stayed with me for a couple of days. Really bad. Despair and suicidal thoughts bad.


Didn't think it was connected (as, if anything, I'd taken a smaller than recommended dose) and tried again a week later. Same thing.


I did some research and, while my panic reaction is not at all common (I actually never found another account of it affecting anyone this way), this stuff, DMX, is a strong hallucinogen; it's what high-school kids are slamming down (full bottles) to get high. Some research says is even more hallucinogenic than acid.

So yeah, it can mess you up.


I'd stay away from the stuff if I were you. The idea of suppressing the brains cough trigger is kind of dodgy anyway, imo. Guaifenesin (mucinex) otoh, has a much more valid function, imo.


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SacredCow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 02:34 PM
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16. I'm thinking I'm going to ditch it.....
I just can't function well.
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GoneOffShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 10:18 PM
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18. On an empty stomach it can be a "verrrry intererresting" remedy
When I take it I make sure that I've had a meal with at fair amount of carbs. And I drink lots of water. Oh yes, I don't drive while I'm taking it. The effects have gotten more pronounced as I've gotten older.

And I don't take it if I have to fly - unless I want to faint, sitting up at 15K feet.
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DeepBlueC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 10:21 PM
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19. it's the DM - dextromethorphan
That's what they started putting in cough syrup as an alternative to codeine. I have the same reaction to it..I find it unpleasant. It's druggier than codeine I find.
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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 10:24 PM
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21. TMI, but they can make your pee smell funny.
Rhythm noted this a while back, and I found it funny.

:hi:
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Juche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 12:19 AM
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22. DM = Dextromethorphan = PCP
Edited on Fri Mar-06-09 12:21 AM by Juche
The DM in Mucinex DM is chemically similiar to PCP. You are probably on the first plateau


http://www.dextroverse.org/whatis.html

1st Plateau: 1.5-2.5 mg/kg This is the weakest level. This feels slightly intoxicating, a little light headed. Some music euphoria is noticable

2nd Plateau: 2.5-7.5 mg/kg This level is often compared to being stoned and drunk at the sametime. When this might seem true, there is also a noticably strong "mental" high also. You can have trouble talking with slurring, and can have a hard time carrying on an indepth conversation, because your short-term memory can be temporarily impared. And occasionally you can have mild hallucinations.

3rd Plateau: 7.5-15 mg/kg This level has strong intoxications and hallucinations. Things can become very confusing as your thinking processes are disturbed. You can sometimes daze-off into your own world, and get lost in your own mind. Trips in this plateau can sometimes be unpleasant.

4th Plateau: +15 mg/kg This is the strongest level. This is a sub-anesthetic dose, and can be compared to a high dose of Ketamine. Your mind and body become seperated at this level and it can become dangerous psychologically, and physically. Personally I say that you should never have to go this high, it can be very dangerous. But whatever you do, NEVER go past 20 mg/kg (about 2000mg for a 220lb person), this can become very toxic and kill you.
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SacredCow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-06-09 08:12 AM
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23. Thanks, all!
I thought I had taken the stuff before with no effects, but maybe I was thinking of something else.

I didn't take the PM dose and woke up this morning feeling more or less normal (albeit a little sniffly). I think it's safe to say that the Mucinex DM (and likely anything with the DXM, for that matter) is OFF of my list of pharmaceuticals.

:hi:
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24. Locking.
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