Prescription Drugs: Potential Pitfalls

Prescription Drugs: Potential Pitfalls

Prescription drugs are meant to help people feel better. Their goal is usually achieved but in many cases the cost the patients pay includes an addictive-free life. The addictive properties of prescription drugs enable the users to develop a high degree of tolerance what gradually leads to an addiction.

No matter how efficient the prescription drugs can be they should be taken with extreme caution and the patients should follow their doctors’ instructions.  So here are the potential pitfalls of the most common types of prescription drugs which are divided into 3 classes.


  1. Pain Relief Medications aim at helping the users cope with various kinds of pains.

OxyContin

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According to Drew Pinsky, MD, OxyContin can not only cause addiction, but also have a lethal outcome. Respiratory failure is a real risk for the abusers of this narcotic pain reliever. Read the whole article to determine the thin line between tolerance and addiction of OxyContin as well as its use and abuse.

Vicodin

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Dependence on Vicodin and development of the intense cravings for this prescription painkiller are the results of the consumption of high doses of this substance. At the same time after its effects wear off, an individual can experience paranoia, anxiety and even depression. Click here to read about its side-effects as well as the withdrawal and detoxification process.

Demerol

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The improper use of Demerol inevitably leads to an addiction. It can be taken in a number of ways, but the most powerful effects are gained by injecting it. However, it can also lead to seizures, mood swings and kidney failure not to mention severe withdrawal effects such as muscle and bone pain. Read more


  1. Depressants are used to treat anxiety disorders.

Valium

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Though Valium, also known as Diazepam, is not considered highly addictive, the risks to develop tolerance for it and the cravings for its larger doses can be caused by the prolonged use. Trying to get rid of anxiety, the patients taking this medication forget about such signs of Valium addiction as decrease in memory, fatigue and irritability. Click here to learn more about the dangers of this prescription drug.

Xanax

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The long-term use of Xanax causes dangerous side-effects and has a great potential for addiction. It is an effective medication for anxiety but it can also lead to weight changes, headaches, skin rashes, poor concentration, and seizures. Xanax overdose can result in respiratory depression, blurred speech and coma. Chemical dependency is another danger you should be wary of. See more


  1. Stimulants mostly focus on eliminating the symptoms of ADHD.

Ritalin

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When the patients are prescribed Ritalin in order to cope with their attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and use it following the recommendation of the doctor, the negative effects are unlikely. However, abusing this medication in order to improve job performance or prepare for the exams is the step to developing an addiction. Click here to get more information about the risks of Ritalin.

Dexedrine

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This stimulant is prescribed for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy. However, the Dexedrine addiction will cause harm to people dependent on it. An individual will become very moody and irritable and his attempts to stop using the medication will fail. Its overdose can lead to life-threatening conditions. Read more