Suicidal and homicidal behaviors related to dextromethorphan abuse in a middle-aged woman.
J Addict Med. 2013 Mar-Apr;7(2):143-4
Authors: Modi D, Bhalavat R, Patterson JC
Over-the-counter medications available without prescriptions are generally viewed safe for public consumption. However, when used in excess, these medications can lead to adverse consequences. There are multiple over-the-counter medications that have potential for abuse, and dextromethorphan is one such drug. We describe a case of a middle-aged woman who presented to the psychiatric emergency service after recent use of excessive amounts of dextromethorphan. The patient had developed severe psychotic symptoms and had attempted to kill both herself and her relative. This case highlights the importance of careful reviewing of both prescribed and nonprescribed medications that are being used by patients, especially in the emergency care setting.
PMID: 23388679 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]