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I get symptomatic relief from coughing by taking Robitussin or its store-brand equivalents. But I don't like it that the active ingredient is delivered in a substrate of high-fructose corn syrup and tinted with food dye. I looked for it (dextromethorphan) in pill form, but the only ones I could find have it mixed with other stuff I didn't want (Mucinex or a drowsy-causing antihistamine).

My naturopath ordered me some capsules of nothing but dextromethorphan from a compounding pharmacy (a pharmacy that does custom formulations).

Here's where I run into uncertainty. The pharmacy doesn't make stuff directly for patients -- there has to be an order from a doc (naturopaths can write prescriptions in my state). So it's a prescription item in the sense that I can't get it for myself, but it's not on the list of drugs that you need a prescription for.

I'm leaning toward taking the deduction. Opinions?

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