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How to Not Get Addicted To Your Prescription

How to Not Get Addicted To Your Prescription

Take your prescription exactly as directed to avoid addiction

People often become worried when they are prescribed a new medication, because they are afraid of developing an addiction. While it is true that many prescription drugs are addictive, proper use can help to prevent the development of addiction.

Taking Your Prescriptions Properly

The single most effective way to prevent prescription drug addiction is to take it exactly as directed by your healthcare provider. When your healthcare provider writes you a new prescription, he or she should provide you with the details of how to take the medication. Your pharmacist should also be able to answer any questions you have regarding your prescription. To take your prescription properly, you must know what dose to take, when to take it, and how long you will be taking it for.

Knowing your prescription dosage is one of the most important parts of preventing addiction. Some prescriptions require the user to take more than one pill to meet the prescribed dose. If the correct number of pills is not understood, an excessive dose may accidentally be taken, which can lead to addiction. Knowing when to take your prescription can be just as important. Some prescriptions may involve taking a dose more than once a day, and it is important to know exactly how often is allowed. When taking prescription painkillers, it can be difficult to follow these instructions, especially if you start feeling pain before it is time for the next dose, but it is important that you do so. Lastly, knowing how long you will be taking the medication is important to avoiding addiction. Many prescription drugs should only be taken for a short period of time, as long-term use can lead to addiction. If you find that the pharmacist gave you more pills than your prescription calls for, you should bring this to his or her attention and avoid taking them.

Recognizing the Onset of Addiction

Sometimes, addiction cannot be prevented simply by taking your prescription drugs properly. This may occur if you are ordered to take a high dose or must take the medication for an extended period of time. Though medical professionals are educated to avoid writing these types of prescriptions, there may be no other option. For that reason, it is important to familiarize yourself with the signs or addiction, so that you can take the appropriate steps if you develop them.

When taking prescription drugs, the first noticed sign of addiction is often the development of a tolerance. Addicts may notice that the same dose of the medication is no longer as effective as it previously had been. This is especially common with prescription pain medications and sleep aids. When this occurs, many people go back to their healthcare provider to ask for an increased dose, without realizing that they are feeding their developing addiction. Other early signs of addiction include mood changes and altered sleep patterns.

The most notable sign of fully developed prescription drug addiction is withdrawal, which indicates that the body has adapted to the chemical changes of drug use. These withdrawal symptoms appear when the medication is not taken regularly. Withdrawal symptoms differ between medications, but may include signs like agitation, anxiety, insomnia, lethargy, diarrhea and nausea.

Get Help for Prescription Drug Addiction

If you or a loved one is suffering from prescription drug addiction, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about addiction treatment.

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