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The Truth About Cough Medicine

Updated: Apr 3

Everywhere we go, there are toxins. We live in a toxin-filled world. Unfortunately, it's hard to decipher what products possess toxins. Over-the-counter medications are some of the most common places to find toxins–especially cough medicine, which is meant to make you feel better.

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Dextromethorphan, also known as DXM, was approved by the FDA in 1958 and can be found in at least 70 common over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines, including the “best-selling” Robitussin. DXM has side effects like lethargy, paranoia, hallucinations, and chemical psychosis. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant that is advised not to be given to children under 4.