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Old 07-17-2009, 04:20 PM   #1
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Does Mucinex DM make you feel high?

I've had a small cold this week and took a single Mucinex DM 12-hour tablet this morning and 2 DayQuil Liqui Caps while at work. Well I don't know what was in them, but I felt high as a kite at work! I was very light headed and acting loopy!

Is this a side effect of the Mucinex? I'm sure it's not the DayQuil, because it was new kind with the other decongestant (not the kind they make meth with).
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Old 07-17-2009, 04:24 PM   #2
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Maybe it's a combo effect of both?

I take Mucinex before going to bed and it knocks me out but I don't have the usual "Can't wake up" side-effects in the morning.

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It doesn't make me high but it makes me jittery and that makes me feel worse than the cold.
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Old 07-17-2009, 04:49 PM   #4
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Is this a side effect of the Mucinex? I'm sure it's not the DayQuil, because it was new kind with the other decongestant (not the kind they make meth with).
What probably got you was the dextromethorphan. It will make you high as a kite if you take too much, and there are indeed people who do it on purpose. There is 30 mg of it in the Mucinex, and an extra 10 mg in each Dayquil.

Next time get Mucinex D, not DM, and take it with a Tylenol or advil if you have a headache or fever, so you can skip the Dayquil. Mucinex D has real pseudoephedrine in it, which works a lot better than phenylephrine for sinus pain and congestion, and it also does NOT have dextromethorphan. (You have to ask for it from the pharmacy counter and sign a log.)

Dextromethorphan is an OTC drug I try to avoid, because it can cause very nasty conditions if you unknowingly mix it with other meds, especially narcotic painkillers, antidepressants, and some herbal dietary supplements. Serotonin Syndrome is one of the possible results.

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Old 07-17-2009, 06:05 PM   #5
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The first time I took Mucinex DM I was higher than a kite. My doctor told me to cut a pill in half when he told me to use it again. It worked much better that time.
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Old 07-17-2009, 06:50 PM   #6
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Mucinex DM makes me loopy, very light, floaty and clears out all my congestion almost too fast. I found out if I take it before bedtime everything drains so quickly I have to sleep elevated or I spend the night gagging myself awake (pretty picture I know). I prefer not to take it, even the smallest dosage makes me feel out of control. I'll still with my generic sudafed from behind the pharmacy counter, it doesn't affect me nearly as much.

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Mucinex DM has real pseudoephedrine in it, which works a lot better than phenylephrine for sinus pain and congestion, and it also does NOT have dextromethorphan.
DM has dextromethorphan and guaifenesin, D has guaifenesin and pseudoephedrine; for me I'm pretty sure is the dextromethorphan that wigs me out.

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Old 07-17-2009, 07:22 PM   #7
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off to get some Mucinex...BRB
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:14 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info.

I wouldn't say this was a BAD thing....frankly it made dealing my coworkers a little more bearable! They were being extra annoying today. I suppose I can say I have to take drugs to deal with my coworkers!
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There are also dosages of mucinex. You could have a high mg than you thought such as the 1200 instead of the 600.
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What probably got you was the dextromethorphan. It will make you high as a kite if you take too much, and there are indeed people who do it on purpose. There is 30 mg of it in the Mucinex, and an extra 10 mg in each Dayquil.
Dextromethorphan is of the devil. It makes me feel like I'm not in my own skin and if THAT is what being high feels like, I am sooo glad I never tried anything.

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But even having said all that... THAT is funny.
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Careful, I have heard that Mucinex can make you homicidal.
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Old 07-19-2009, 12:50 AM   #12
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I have several clients who take the various Robitussion DM, Corricidin HBP, Mucinex DM, and related over-the-counter medicines that contain dextromethorphan to get high. In higher than recommended doses, it gives a hallucinagenic effect. These kids keep telling me they just take it because of colds, but...

The kids don't realize (or maybe don't care) that too much of this stuff can put a person into a coma or could even cause death.
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I was thinking the same thing.

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