Prescription Drug Use Disorder

What It Is

Addiction to prescription drugs can be defined as the use of a prescription medication in a way not intended by a prescribing doctor. This cycle becomes problematic when it includes everything from taking another’s prescribed painkiller for pain to snorting or injecting ground-up pills for euphoric feelings. Drug misuse may spiral into an ongoing and compulsive cycle, despite negative consequences.

A growing problem nationwide, prescription drug use disorder can affect all ages, including teens and senior level adults. The most commonly misused drugs often include opioid painkillers, anti-anxiety medications, sedatives, and stimulants.

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Common Types of Addictive Opioid Medications

Prescription drug use disorder depends on the type of drug. Since they create mind-altering properties, the most common ones include:

  • Opioids – Widely used to treat pain, for example medications containing oxycodone (ex: Oxycontin® and Percocet®) and those containing hydrocodone (ex: Norco®). 
  • Anti-anxiety medications and sedatives, (ex: Xanax®, Valium®), and hypnotics such as Ambien® used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders.
  • Stimulants, such as Ritalin®, Concerta®, Adderall XR®, Mydayis®, Dexedrine®, used to treat ADHD and certain sleep disorders.
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Complications from Prescription Drug Use Disorder

Low blood pressure, a slowed breathing rate and potential for breathing to stop, or coma.

Memory problems, low blood pressure, and slowed breathing. Overdose can result in coma or death. Quitting these medications may cause withdrawal symptoms that can include nervous system hyperactivity and seizures.

Dangerously high body temperature, heart problems, high blood pressure, seizures or tremors, hallucinations, aggressiveness, and paranoia.

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