|DXM is approved by the FDA for use as an anti-tussive.
|Beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, musicians such as Daevid Allen Soft Machine, and alternative authors such as Jack Kerouac known to have used DXM in the form of Romilar. 1, 2 [Details]
|Description of early recreational use of DXM-containing cough-syrup. 3 [Details]
|1960s - 1970s
|DXM is available over the counter in tablet form sold under the brand name Romilar. Romilar was introduced as a replacement for codeine containing cough remedies in an effort to cut down on abuse.
|An early case report about toxic psychosis due to ingestion of Romilar brand DXM tablets. 4 [Details]
|Early book mentioning the recreational use of DXM-containing cough syrup. 5 [Details]
|An article in Ramparts Magazine mentions that DXM-containing Romilar is popular with young heads. 6 [Details]
|Romilar DXM containing tablets are removed from the market after an upswing in sales due to recreational use. 7
|DXM continues to be available in cough syrups designed to limit recreational use due to the unpleasantness of consuming large volumes of syrup.
|Recreational DXM use is prominent among the punk subculture. 8
|In response to reports of the abuse of DXM-containing cough syrups by teenagers, the FDA holds an advisory committee meeting to consider DXM's abuse potential. 9 [Details]
|The FDA advisory committee is reconvened to discuss epidemiological studies on DXM abuse. 9 [Details]
|1990 - 2003
|Recreational DXM use continues. A number of deaths have been documented due to the recreational use of DXM although a majority of these have been the result of products (such as Coricidin Cough and Cold) that combine DXM with other substances that become dangerous in high doses.