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Dextromethorphan (main ig in Robitussin) helps with pain

Jan 17, 2012 - 0 comments


.Sorry guys, I guess I got one of the remedies mixed up in my head. The "Robitussin" treatment helps with the widespread pain...I'm guessing it may be why I find so much relief when I combine this with a hot tub! Sorry ot has taken me so ling to post...It's been a rough week or so.

How Can Dextromethorphan Help Fibromyalgia
While a cough medicine does not seem like it would be much help to those with fibromyalgia symptoms, recent studies suggest that dextromethorphan may actually be a suitable treatment for fibromyalgia patients. In particular, dextromethorphan is thought to be able to relieve:

•widespread pain
•muscle stiffness

Dextromethorphan treatment may also help to pinpoint the true cause of fibromyalgia syndrome, allowing for the development of new, more effective treatments.

How Does Dextromethorphan Work?
When it comes to treating fibromyalgia, dextromethorphan works by targeting the central nervous system. For some reason, fibromyalgia patients experience pain sensations that often snowball, becoming very painful. A mere tap on the shoulder can set you off, and then, any future bumps or bruises cause this pain to magnify. Fibromyalgia health care providers often refer to this as the "windup".

This wind up is believed to occur in the central nervous system, and is probably caused by faulty pain messages that are sent between the brain and spinal cord. Dextromethorphan appears to prevent this "wind up" by blocking pain messages from being sent to the brain and spinal cord. In particular, dextromethorphan works on N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA), a chemical that transports pain signals from the brain to the spinal cord.
The Dextromethorphan Studies
Studies analyzing the effects of dextromethorphan on fibromyalgia patients were performed by the University of Florida. Published in the Journal of Pain, these studies suggest that dextromethorphan may be extremely effective in the fight against fibromyalgia pain.

The studies involved 24 women, including 14 suffering from fibromyalgia. Each woman was giving continual taps on the head (using a rubber-tipped or heat-tipped, probe) in order to engage her pain reflexes. The force of the taps and the heat of the probe were adjusted to be exactly the same on each study participant, to ensure that pain sensations were the same. The women were divided into three groups with the first receiving 60 milligrams of dextromethorphan, the second 90 milligrams of the drug, and the final group a placebo tablet. After being administered the drug, the study participants were asked to rate their pain sensations.

Upon completion of the study, it was shown that the participants that received dextromethorphan had much lower pain sensations than those who received the placebo drug. Those who received a dosage of 90 milligrams experienced the greatest pain improvement.

Who Shouldn’t Use Dextromethorphan?
Dextromethorphan should not be taken by all fibromyalgia patients. Those who are currently taking MAOI antidepressants should not take dextromethorphan as the two react badly together. Pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding should also avoid dextromethorphan.

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  Thanks for sharing this info...I do not have fibro but my mom does and I am sure she will want to try this....

I appreciate u getting the info and details and posting so all could readily find it.

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Hope it helps anyone who finds it .,... Going to put it in my notes too, so if someone needs for reference it is available without digging :)

Selma, to be honest I was dx'd with fibro a year ago, and I am still not sure I have it. I am not convinced and won't be until I see a specialist.
It does however lessen the intensity of my headaches too. You contribute so much to this forum, and I truely thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have learned so much that I had questions about , and even learned alot of questions that I should be asking. I will continue to share any info I think may be helpful in any way! . Reply .« Previous Next » Back to Forum Post a Comment


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