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5 Common Prescription Drugs That People Get Addicted To

Unfortunately, drugs that are prescribed by a doctor are not always safe for all patients. Addiction to prescription medication is on the rise as more and more prescriptions are being written. Knowing about the related potential for addiction with certain medicines can help you to make decisions regarding your preferred types of prescriptions. This information can be particularly useful if you know that you or a loved one are susceptible to substance abuse. Keep reading to learn about five common prescription drugs that people get addicted to.

  1. Oxycodone

Commonly sold as OxyContin or the combination drug Percoset, Oxycodone is a drug in the opioid category. It has a strong effect on the brain and actually changes the central nervous system’s response to pain. It also leads to feelings of euphoria and sedation. Oxycodone is frequently compared with heroin.

  1. Amphetamines

Commonly referred to as speed for its energy enhancement, this class of drugs is prescribed for conditions such as narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder. Adderall is probably the most abused drug of the amphetamines and is often sought by people who need to stay awake for long stretches such as college students, shift workers and truck drivers.

  1. Xanax

Prescribed for anxiety and panic attack, Xanax is a benzodiazepine drug that calms the central nervous system. People without anxiety issues often look to Xanax to gain a sense of calm and relaxation.

  1. Demerol

Demerol is an incredibly strong painkiller that carries a high potential for building a tolerance. When patients take this drug, they become used to its effects, leading them to take more and more to achieve the desired feeling. Withdrawal symptoms can be quite violent and painful.

  1. Codeine

Codeine is an opiate that is regularly prescribed to treat cough and pain. It is a common ingredient used in prescription cough syrup. When overused, cough syrup containing codeine can have a sedative effect and even alter levels of consciousness. This kind of cough syrup is used to make a street drug known as “purple drank” in which the cough syrup is mixed with soda and candy.

Quitting these common prescription drugs that lead to addiction can be incredibly difficult on your own. If you or someone close to you is addicted to prescription drugs, a professional rehab center can often provide the most effective treatment.

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