Any medication can result in an addiction, even one that’s sold to minors, or one that’s sold over the counter without a prescription. Because this fact is generally not known among the general public, more and more people become addicted to these types of medications every year, and most of them do so without realizing it.
One of the medications that’s chronically abused, and that has a high addictive potential is Dramamine. Dramamine is also known as Dimenhydrinate, and when it is used at higher dosages than it is intended, the results can be devastating.
Perhaps you’ve been using Dramamine because you needed it, but you didn’t realize that it could potentially be addictive. You may have already formed an addiction to it, and if that’s the case, help is available for you to give you the support you need to stop. Dramamine addiction treatment is a great tool that you can use right away.
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Dramamine is a motion sickness pill that is intended to be used to help people who have trouble flying in airplanes, or traveling in cars or on boats. It’s quite effective when it’s used properly, and it’s not intended to be used all the time. Dramamine should only be used on an as-needed basis, but sometimes people take higher dosages than the package instructs them to take.
Dramamine is readily available over the counter, and in most states, people of any age can purchase it any time they want to.
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Once you become addicted to Dramamine, you’ve probably done so because you recognized a need for more of the drug. Taking it at higher doses can result in several Dramamine addiction behaviors and symptoms, such as:
Some formulations of Dramamine also include Ibuprofen, and when this common, over the counter pain reliever is consumed in higher dosages, it can cause a heart attack or stroke, even after just one use.
For those who use Dramamine regularly, and who may have formed an addiction to it, once they realize that fact, they may be tempted to just stop taking it completely. This is referred to as quitting cold turkey, and this method is not recommended. Even so, because Dramamine is not reported to have any real negative physical health consequences or withdrawal symptoms, that doesn’t mean there aren’t psychological Dramamine withdrawal symptoms to consider. Actually, the psychological symptoms can sometimes be more troubling than physical symptoms, and they are certainly enough to cause someone to go back to using.
If you believe you’ve become addicted to Dramamine, it’s not recommended for you to stop taking it abruptly. Doing so can result in any of the above withdrawal symptoms, and you may go back to using Dramamine to get relief from them. That can drive you even further into your addiction. The best way to find out what you should do is to talk with someone at a Dramamine addiction treatment center and find out their recommendations.
There is definitely a fine line between Dramamine abuse and Dramamine addiction. However, it’s important to understand the differences between the two. Dramamine abuse would refer to any instance of using the drug in a way other than how it was intended. For example, you may find that using it for motion sickness calms you down, and so you start to use it every time you begin to feel anxious. Addiction occurs the moment when you start to crave the drug, or when you begin to feel Dramamine withdrawal when it’s been a while since your last dose. An addiction to Dramamine can occur very quickly, especially if you’ve been taking it fairly regularly.
The risk of overdosing on Dramamine is very real, and because it’s so easy to obtain this medication over the counter, your body may build up a tolerance to it quickly, and so you take more than you should. If you’ve become addicted to Dramamine, please understand that you’re not alone. Many people have reported addictions to this, as well as other over the counter medications. You do not have to struggle through your quit on your own.
Northpoint Recovery is known as one of the top Dramamine rehab programs in the Pacific Northwest. We would be happy to advise you about what you should do if you’re addicted to this dangerous and potent over the counter medication. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, please contact us.
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