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Unread 07-11-2011, 03:04 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Dextromethorphan and MS:

I think I recall posting this before?

http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread153404.html

DM also helps with chronic pain management if used properly.
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*tkrik getting ready to go get some cough syrup*

That's awesome mrsD! Who would have thought that a little cough syrup can be a neuroprotective agent. Thanks for posting this.
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*tkrik getting ready to go get some cough syrup*

That's awesome mrsD! Who would have thought that a little cough syrup can be a neuroprotective agent. Thanks for posting this.
I've been using low dose dextrometorphan as an alternative to LDN for Parkinson's disease for more than six years of the ten years I have been diagnosed, with what I feel is good success.

I buy over-the-counter pediatric preparations (PediaCare, Triaminic, etc) that contain 7.5 mg of dextromethorphan hydrobromide per 5 ml (1 tsp). It is important that the cough syrup NOT contain any other active ingredient such as guafinesin, polystyril, antihistamines. I take 1/2 tsp every night at bedtime, which should contain 3.75 mg of the drug.

Dextromethorphan (DM) and naltrexone are both morphinans which have been shown to be powerful anti-inflammatory drugs, demonstrated by the research by Dr. J.S. Hong to be especially effective in neural tissues of the CNS. Because of the long history of safety of DM, I feel very comfortable in using this inexpensive, non-prescription drug as a neuroprotective agent.

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Robert - Thank you for your post. I was kind of wondering about all that and your posted answered it. I will try the kinds that you recommended. It does seem like an inexpensive and safe treatment option. I am glad to hear it is working for you for your Parkinson's.

You mention not to get ones with other active ingredients and I was just wondering why that is? The reason I ask is that I have seasonal allergies and it would be great to get a 2 for 1, so to speak, medicine - a neuroprotective and an antihistamine. Do the other ingredients reduce the neuroprotective effect?
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tkrik - Because the amount of DM appropriate for the low-dose effect is so small, I doubt that you would get enough antihistamine to be effective. The usual dose of the dilute pediatric preparations for cough is a couple of teaspoons at 6-8 hr intervals; way more than used in the low-dose approach.
Some of the additives, especially polystyril, result in a slow release of the DM, which defeats the quick "peak" of the med required for the desired effect. I learned this directly from Dr. Hong who has done much of the research on suppression of CNS inflammation with morphinans like DM and naltrexone at very low doses.
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I'm on LDN and loving it. I wonder what the effect would be, if I took both? Double your pleasure-double your fun or maybe one canceling out the other?
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I'm on LDN and loving it. I wonder what the effect would be, if I took both? Double your pleasure-double your fun or maybe one canceling out the other?
the idea of low-dose to make positive effect is to keep it "low dose". No sense adding another med that could send signals/effect completely awry. Anyone else?
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my neuro just put me on Nuedexta (beyond pricey!!). Ironically it is comprised of 20mg Dextromethorphan HBr and 10mg Quinidine sulfate.

I had very good response while on the 2week sample bottle of capsules. Went to fill at pharmacy and learned you must be a millionare to afford it... Apparently there is some rule preventing the compounding of ingredients in order to make it less costly???
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I'm on LDN and loving it. I wonder what the effect would be, if I took both? Double your pleasure-double your fun or maybe one canceling out the other?

Have you tried this, Sally? I'm wondering if I could switch to the cough medicine instead of the LDN for a while without major impact. I guess the LDN is working. I mean, I still have lots of sx but I seem to remain steady and only get pseudo-flares when the weather changes or I'm sick. The only way to know if LDN is truly working is to stop taking it and I'm scared to do that!
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Apparently there is some rule preventing the compounding of ingredients in order to make it less costly???
Well isn't that just par for the course for Big Pharma....the turds..
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