Prescription Drug Abuse: Symptoms and Risks
- Opioids, such as oxycodone (Oxycontin) and those containing hydrocodone (Vicodin) used to treat pain
- Anti-anxiety medications and sedatives such as alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium) and hypnotics such as zolpidem (Ambien)
- Stimulants such as dextroamphetamine and amphetamine (Adderall XR) and dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) which used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and certain sleep disorders.
- Reduced appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- High body temperature
- Slowed breathing rate or slurred speech
- Sleeping difficulties
- Dizziness and poor coordination
- Irregular heartbeat
- Mood swings
- Poor decision-making
- Past or present addictions to other substances, including alcohol and tobacco
- A family history of substance abuse problems or addiction
- Younger age
- Certain pre-existing mental health conditions
- Exposure to peer pressure where there is drug or alcohol use, easy access to prescription drugs
If you or someone you love is abusing substances, please seek treatment as soon as possible. There are many resources available to help you or your loved one.
Please call us today at 877-497-6180 for a free consultation.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology