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Top 5 Most Abused Prescription Medications

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When most people think of drug abuse, they think of illegal substances such as cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine. While these drugs are dangerous and addictive, prescription medications are actually more commonly abused than illegal drugs. They’re much easier to get in most cases, and many people don’t realize just how addictive they can be. They may use them to get relief from serious pain, for anxiety or for a variety of other reasons, but if they’re not used correctly or if they’re used for too long, they can become addictive. This post will discuss five of the most commonly abused prescription medications on the market today.

  1. Barbiturates: Barbiturates are basically sedatives that are commonly used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and even seizures in some people. Medications such as phenobarbital, secobarbital, and pentobarbital are all barbiturates. They’re very helpful, however, they can also be dangerous if you take more than the prescribed dose or if you drink alcohol after you take them. Staying on them for too long or taking them when they’re not really needed can lead to addiction.
  2. Benzodiazepines: Valium and Xanax are often prescribed to help with anxiety and sleep issues. While they aren’t as dangerous as barbiturates, they’re highly addictive if they’re used for too long. Physical dependence can occur quickly.
  3. Sleeping Medications: When insomnia strikes, it can cause real problems in your life, which is why so many people turn to their doctor to find relief. However, many sleep medications are only intended to be used for a short period of time. Medications like Ambien and Lunesta aren’t supposed to be used as a permanent solution, but many people quickly begin to believe they need them in order to sleep, which leads to abuse and eventual addiction.
  4. Opioids: Opioids like Codeine and Morphine make excellent painkillers because they work quickly and bring relief. When you increase the dosage, they can cause you to become high, and they can also cause serious side effects. Addiction can occur relatively quickly with Opioids.
  5. Amphetamines: Amphetamines are generally used to treat conditions like ADHD. They work great because they are a stimulant that boosts your alertness and helps you focus. They also give you a burst of energy and can aid in weight loss. For those reasons, amphetamines can easily become addictive because people enjoy these side effects.

Like many people, perhaps you’ve been taking a prescription medication for a period of time for a particular ailment, and now you can’t seem to stop taking it. You assumed it was safe because it was prescribed by a doctor. However, now you’re experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop and you’re concerned about your health and well being. If that sounds like you, you’re certainly not alone.

Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with an addiction to prescription drugs for the rest of your life. Help is available to you. Please contact us so that we can give you the information you need.

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By |2019-10-10T19:18:34+00:00April 13th, 2015|

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  1. Tabitha Feagin April 22, 2015 at 12:25 am

    I was in a bad car wreck caused by my abusive alcoholic ex husband. I had many injuries and spasm and fall and continue to injure myself. My ex husband became quadraplegic from the accident and rammed me with his electric wheelchair. I have been on the same meds for years. When I went to the pain management dr she put me on Fentanol 75mcg/hr. No other pain meds. At one point she prescribed me a lunesta. It caused me to pass out in the bathroom floor and wet the bed several times. I refused to take it. I asked many times to be taken off the fentanol and put on something else. She said she would take me off everything else if I got off of it. All of a sudden when the stricter guidelines came about.. she all of a sudden had a problem w me taking xanax. I have taken it over 10 yrs. My brother and grandpaw just passed. I just had a divorce. I got abused and cussed out every day and now my grandmother is staying with me. Urg. So, I started cutting my fentanol down. Then she all of a sudden cold turkeys me off fentanol. I was sick and talked to the dr abt it and he said that most pain drs have you on something else for pain and give you something to taper off the fentanol. The pharmacist said the same thing. I am seeing a new pain management dr at the end of the month. I am in severe pain. I have been going through bad withdrawals.. diarrhea and throwing up… but when I pooped my pants in public and didn’t even know I had to go… I put one of those pieces of patch I had cut down on. There has got to be something that can step down. I don’t like my body being addicted to anything. Dr Peppers are bad enough. Can you give me some advice on what to say to my dr. I also read that fentanol is often prescribed I n combination with benziodianes. This pain dr has never taken my bp. Checked on me. Done. Blood panel. Anything. She shares my appointment w my mom and then she the she treats you is however she slept. I guess. How long do withdraws last.

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