OTHER PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

OTHER PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Did You Know?

More than 6 million Americans, age 12 and older, have misused a prescription painkiller (e.g., OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin), sedative (e.g., Valium, Xanax) or stimulant (e.g., Ritalin, Adderall) in the past month. (SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use and Health)

Approximately 5,500 people do so for the first time every day. (SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use and Health)

Outside of opioid (painkiller) prescription drugs there are many other prescription drugs that can be misused and are addictive.

Below is a chart of some of these most commonly prescribed drugs. 

Category

BARBITURATES

BENZODIAZEPINES

SLEEP MEDICATIONS

STIMULANTS

Common Name

Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, Phenobarbital

Ativan, Halcion, Librium, Valium, Xanax, Klonopin

Ambien (zolpidem), Sonata (zaleplon), Lunesta (eszopiclone)

Adderall, (zolpidem), Sonata (zaleplon), Lunesta (eszopiclone)

Prescribed For

Insomnia, Anxiety and Seizures

Anxiety, Muscle Relaxant

Sleep Aid

Attention Deficit Disorder/ADHD

Overdoses can be more common when any of these prescription drugs are taken together and/or with alcohol. Please make sure to tell all your doctors about all prescriptions you are currently taking and avoid drinking alcohol when on these prescriptions.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids – A Checklist

 

Our core messages are quite simple:

  • Only use prescription medications as directed by a health professional.
  • Never share your prescription medications with others or use someone else’s medications.
  • Always store your medications securely to prevent others from taking them, and properly dispose of medications that you no longer need.
  • Be a good example to those around you by modeling these safe medication-taking practices and discussing the dangers of misusing prescription drugs with your family, friends, colleagues, students, or patients.

For Signs and Symptoms of other prescription drug misuse go to: https://www.generationrx.org/learn/helping-others/

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