Massive dextromethorphan ingestion and abuse

Am J Emerg Med. 1995 Mar;13(2):174-6. doi: 10.1016/0735-6757(95)90088-8.


The case of a 23-year-old man who was acutely intoxicated on dextromethorphan and who was chronically addicted to the drug is described. He consumed the highest daily dose for the longest duration yet reported in the world's English-language medical literature. Toxicity, abuse potential, and therapy of dextromethorphan intoxication are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ataxia / chemically induced
  • Ataxia / diagnosis
  • Dextromethorphan / poisoning*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Substance-Related Disorders*


  • Dextromethorphan