Dextromethorphan (DXM) Urine Drug Test

Cough Syrup, DM, Methorphan


Specimen Type: Urine

Description:

Dextromethorphan (DXM) Urine Drug Test

This test measures the level of Dextromethorphan (DXM) in the urine.  Dextromethorphan is a common over the counter cough medication.  It is the active ingredient in a number of lozenges, sprays, and syrups sold under brand names including Dayquil, Theraflu, Robitussin, and Delsym.  When taken properly, DMX can help to suppress coughing in illnesses such as the flu or common cold.  When taken in high dosages, DMX can cause a high which includes mild hallucinations, visual and auditory distortions, and loss of motor control.  Due to the prevalence and easy availability of dextromethorphan products, recreational abuse of cough syrup has gained popularity among young people.  Overdosing on cough syrup can cause side effects which include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, seizures, and in severe cases, coma or death.  These effects can be worsened when DXM is taken with alcohol.  Long term abuse can result in serious health complications such as liver or heart disease.

Dextromethorphan is typically detectable in urine for 1-2 days after use.  The detection period may vary based on a variety of factors including weight, metabolism, and how much a person took.  Positive results for this test will provide numerical results for the level detected.  A Blood Dextromethorphan Drug Test is also available. 

This test may be ordered when someone is suspected of abusing cough medicines that contain dextromethorphan or when someone has symptoms of an overdose.

Turnaround for this test is typically 6-12 business days.

At this time, Request A Test does not offer DOT (Department of Transportation) certified testing.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Requirements:

Please note that not all lab locations are able to perform the collections for urine drug testing.  When placing a testing order online you will only be able to select from lab locations which are able to perform this type of testing.

This test is intended to screen for drugs of abuse and is not appropriate for pain management or therapeutic monitoring.  Customers who require pain management testing should consult their prescribing physician.

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Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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