Summary of the affects of different prescription drugs on the market.
There are over 24,000 prescription medications on the market right now in the world. There are millions of people who are legitimately taking their prescriptions and many more who are abusing prescription medications on a daily basis. Every drug affects a person in different ways
and what may be a stimulant for one person may have the opposite affect for another.
Breakdown on Most Common Prescription Drugs on the Market
Adderall – A central nervous system stimulant that affects the chemicals in a persons brain and nerves that can contribute to hyperactivity and impuls control. It is most commonly used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Long-term use of this Adderall can slow a child's growth. This is a major drug of abuse and may be habit forming. Using Adderall improperly can cause death, or serious side effects on the heart.
Diazepam – A benzodiazepine that affects chemicals in the brain that can become unbalanced and cause anxiety. It is used for the management of certain anxiety disorders or for the short- term relief of symptoms of anxiety. It is also used to relieve agitation, shakiness, muscle spasms, and hallucinations during an alcohol withdrawal. In some cases it can be used to treat seizures and insomnia. This medication may be habit-forming.
Klonopin – A benzodiazepine that can affect the brains chemicals that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. It is used to treat seizure and panic disorders. Klonopin may be habit-forming.
Methadone – A narcotic pain reliever that reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other opiates. It is used as part of drug addiction detoxification and maintenance programs. Methadone can slow a person’s breathing and death may occur if breathing becomes too weak.
Oxycontin – Narcotic pain reliever that is similar to morphine. Used to treat moderate to severe pain. OxyContin may be habit-forming and may cause death or serious injury if mixed with alcohol. OxyContin may cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions.
Percocet – A combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. It is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. This drug can cause side effects that may impair a person’s thinking or reactions. You should not drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Percocet may be habit forming.
Seroquel – An antipsychotic medication that works by changing the actions of the chemicals in your brain. It is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults and children. It is also used together with antidepressant medications to treat some major depressive disorders in adults. Thoughts of suicide can be a common side effect to the drug.
Soma – A muscle relaxer that blocks pain sensation between the nerves and the brain. It is used with rest and physical therapy to treat injuries and other painful conditions. Soma can be very habit forming. Death due to overdose is possible with this drug.
Flexeril – A muscle relaxant. It works by blocking pain sensations that are sent to your brain. It is used with rest and physical therapy to treat conditions such as pain or injury. Flexeril is habit forming and death caused by overdose is a possibility. You should never drive with on Flexeril
as it can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions.
Valium – A benzodiazepine that affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. It is most commonly used in the management of anxiety disorders. It is also used to treat shakiness, agitation, relieve muscle pain, and hallucinations from alcohol withdrawal. Valium can be habit forming and can cause death due to overdose.
Larger Scope of Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs
There are three basic classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly abused. They are Opioids, Depressants, and Stimulants.
Opioids basically act on the same exact receptors as heroin and in turn can be highly addictive. Many will alter there administration to really intensify the effect of the drug. Many will actually stop the use of prescription medication and turn to heroin. Overdoses related to prescription
opioids have more than tripled since 1999.
Central Nervous System Depressants are most commonly used to treat anxiety and sleep problems. They can have dangerous withdrawal symptoms. They are addictive and in chronic users, withdrawal from them may be life threatening. When mixed with other drugs or alcohol, the risk for overdose increases substantially. High doses can cause severe respiratory depression.
Stimulants are most commonly used to treat ADHD or narcolepsy. They are very addictive and have many health consequences. Some of these include psychosis, seizures, or cardiovascular complications.
Get Help for Prescription Drug Addiction
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