Prescription Drug Addiction is a growing problem that many people don’t take as seriously as they should. Since the medications were originally prescribed by a doctor, they feel that Prescription Drug abuse is different from that of the person using street Drugs. Prescription Drug addicts are addicted in the same way as those who get hooked on cocaine, heroin, or other types of illegal Drugs are addicted.
What is Prescription Drug Addiction?
A Prescription Drug Addict uses medications in a way other than that for which they were originally prescribed or to a much greater extent. They come to depend on the Drugs to feel better in some way, and experience cravings for them in between doses. The Prescription Drug use continues in spite of negative consequences for the user, including relationship difficulties, problems on the job, or the risk of physical harm from inappropriate use.
Signs of Prescription Abuse and Dependence
The signs of Addiction to Prescription Drugs include the following:
- Complaining of vague symptoms to get more medication
- Lack of interest in treatment options other than medications
- Mood swings
- Seeing several doctors and/or pharmacies to get more pills
- Past history of Drug Addiction
- On and off relief from anxiety
- Using more than the recommended dose or dosage frequency of the medication
- Using Prescription pills prescribed for others
Causes of Dependency
Prescription medications are Drugs and they work on the user’s brain in the same way their illegal counterparts do. When a person who is addicted to Prescription Drugs uses them, the medication changes the brain’s chemistry, making it less effective at producing chemicals like dopamine or endorphins. Since the brain has stopped producing these chemicals itself, they must be introduced through another source. At this point, the Prescription Drug addict has become physically dependent on the medication.
Complications and Long Term Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse
When it comes to Prescription Drug Addictions there are a couple of important considerations that could impact on your health and well-being:
- Drug interaction: This is the most important complication that you need to be aware of. If your doctor or pharmacist is not aware of everything you are taking, they may give you a medication that will produce side effects when combined with your Prescription medication. Vitamins and herbal remedies fall into this category as well.
- Alcohol and Prescription Drugs: When you consume alcohol and Prescription Drugs, the combination of the two can produce some nasty side effects. If you are taking a sedative or a painkiller and drink alcohol, the combination of the two may affect the central nervous system, leading to respiratory distress or failure, or even death.
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