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Old 03-20-2007, 10:28 PM   #1
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dextromethorphan

hi all! my throat's getting tickle-y and i'm coughing a bit...eek! i thought i could make it through the winter without getting sick. anyway, i'm 2 months off paxil, and the cough syrup i have in the cabinet has got dextromethorphan in it...AND pseudophedrine, for that matter.

i'm thinking of taking a child's dose tonight, to see if that helps and to see how i react -- has anyone had issues with dextro/pseudo POST paxil?

whenever i get a cough, my doctors always recommend a couple puffs of albuterol for a day or two...but that makes me super shaky so i can't really do that either. any other suggestions?
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Old 03-20-2007, 10:54 PM   #2
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Re: dextromethorphan

This could make you shaky, as well, depending on how sensitive you are. (both ingredients) I wouldn't take anything with pseudophedrine at night...
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:11 AM   #3
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Re: dextromethorphan

I wouldn't risk it, Summer...

Are you sensitive to any of the ingredients in cough drops? When I was sick I was practically sucking on those things every couple hours, and they helped a little. I used Strepsils, and um.. that minty one with the ship on the package... crap, can't remember..

Here's a concoction I found really helps for sore throats and congestion: Chamomile tea, ginger (powder if you don't have any), honey, and cayenne pepper. It's soothing as well.
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:33 AM   #4
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Re: dextromethorphan

thanks blankets! i usually do the chamomile bit, and i make pineapple/ginger smoothies (they're very good at decreasing inflammation). i also just bought some Throat Coat tea -- i used it a few years ago and i think it was pretty soothing.

and: i DID actually take a VERY TINY dose of the dextro/psuedo last night. and by TINY, i mean the recommended dose for adults is 30mL...and i used my dropper and took LESS THAN 1 mL. i still felt the spaced-out effects -- i am SO sensitive to drugs now! wow.
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:37 AM   #5
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Re: dextromethorphan

Summer -- I couldn't take anything like that 2 months from my last dose nor can I even now, 12 months later. I'm extremely sensitive to cold medicines now. Just plain ole Robitussin is all I can take if I get a cough.
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:54 AM   #6
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Re: dextromethorphan

I have a hard time with those. 3-4 months after I was off paxil I got pneumonia and had to use the inhaler and I have had a couple of colds where I had to use the cold medicine. I took it knowing that it would cause anxiety but was able to keep it in perspective because I knew the source. I never took a full dose, only half. I would take a small dose and see how you do. If you get anxious just remember that it is temporary and only because of the medicine.
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Old 03-21-2007, 04:23 PM   #7
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Re: dextromethorphan

There's also that absolutely horrible tasting stuff, Buckleys, for coughs. I've always used that one because it has more natural ingredients.

I hear you on the sensitivity. I can't seem to eat things with much MSG in them without getting extremely spaced out and tired.
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Old 03-21-2007, 08:27 PM   #8
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Re: dextromethorphan

Summerbee, if you have an albuterol inhaler that must mean you have or have had some problem with asthma?

Dextromethorphan can aggravate asthma problems for some people. My daughter and my sister are both in that category.

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Old 03-22-2007, 07:10 PM   #9
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Re: dextromethorphan

margaret, yeah, i had some asthma issues when i was a kid. the inhaler is mostly for the wheezing that happens when i'm around cats!

and, just to update everyone, how's THIS for sensitivity: i literally took ONE THIRTIETH of the recommended dose of nyquil. (the night prior i had taken half of that.) 1 mL, out of the recommended 30 mL. and holy HELL could i feel it -- i was spaced all night, waking up every 20 minutes and thinking i was in a dream, & so on. granted, the fever (101) could have contributed to that. but, nonetheless -- nyquil has always hit me pretty hard and done similar things.

but with ONE THIRTIETH of the dose!? i almost can't even believe it.

i'm on an anti-b now (thanks, doc) because i might have strep/bronchitis. i think it's interesting that my heart was at a steady 118 bpm at the doctor's office, and it's been like that all day. the doctor said tachycardia is super common when your body is trying to fight disease...but i never really noticed it until now, in my post-paxil days.
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Old 03-22-2007, 07:21 PM   #10
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Re: dextromethorphan

Which antibiotic? Yup, an infectious process will raise heart rate.
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Old 03-23-2007, 08:38 AM   #11
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Re: dextromethorphan

azithromycin (generic zitromax). i think the doctor (i don't even know his name; health center guy) was going to give me a cephlesporin (?), but thank god he noticed at the last minute on my chart that i'm allergic to them!

and it's REALLY COMFORTING to know that an infection raises the heart rate -- it feels good to have an attribution for why my CBT techniques were TOTALLY NOT WORKING yesterday, ha. thank goodness my temp's normal now & i'm beating semi-normally.
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Old 03-23-2007, 08:42 AM   #12
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Ryan thinks that Zithromax is a wonder drug! LOL!!
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Old 03-30-2007, 02:14 PM   #13
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Is it safe to take zithromax during withdrawal?
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Re: dextromethorphan

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Ryan thinks that Zithromax is a wonder drug! LOL!!
So do I Laurie.
Yes I have taken it since I started withdrawal.
I hope you will be feeling better soon Summer. Remember you need a lot of rest when you are sick.
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Re: dextromethorphan

thanks eileen! i am feeling MUCH MUCH better now. and pax, yeah, i had no problems taking it and i've been off paxil for 2 months & change. i did get a little nauseous while on it (and a few days afterward), but i guess that's to be expected nonetheless.
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I'm glad your feeling better Summer.
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