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What are the long term effects of taking coriciden cough and cold pills ?

Hi, im 19, f, what are the long term effects of taking coriciden cough and cold pills, cccs, I have been doing them for almost two years and very often
Mon, 4 Jul 2011
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This is a cough suppressant and antihistaminic syrup. You need to understand that the cough suppressant is a morphine like substance and can cause addiction in long term. You need to take only prescribed dose by your Doctor and not more. It causes constipation, disturbed vision, sleepiness, nausea, vomiting among side effects. If you are using for so long there could be problems associated. Kindly consult your Doctor for other choice in medication if you need to be on long term treatment for allergies.
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Coricidin - is a combination of Chlorphenamine and Dextromethorphan.

Chlorphenamine is a first-generation alkylamine antihistamine used in the prevention of the symptoms of allergic conditions such as rhinitis and urticaria. Its sedative effects are relatively weak compared to other first-generation antihistamines. It doesn't have much side effects to mention.

Dextromethorphan is a steroid and is an antitussive (cough suppressant) drug. Side-effects of dextromethorphan use can include:
At normal doses:
Sudden infant death syndrome
body rash/itching
Closed-eye hallucination
Difficulty breathing
At dosages 12.5 to 75 times the recommended therapeutic dose:
blurred vision
dilated pupils
shallow respiration
urinary retention
Dextromethorphan can also cause other gastrointestinal disturbances. Dextromethorphan had been thought to cause Olney's Lesions when administered intravenously; however, this was later proven inconclusive, due to lack of research on humans. Tests were performed on rats, giving them 50 mg and up every day up to a month. Neurotoxic changes, including vacuolation, have been observed in posterior cingulate and retrosplenial cortices of rats administered other NMDA antagonists such as PCP, but not with dextromethorphan. In some rare documented cases, dextromethorphan has produced psychological dependence in some people who used it recreationally. However, it does not produce physical addiction, according to the WHO Committee on Drug Dependence.

So it is not advised to take for long term.
  User's Response
it eats away at your organs, ive done them for 4 years steady and its death
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