10 Side Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse

December 4, 2019

Like any kind of drug abuse, using prescription drugs against what a doctor’s orders is abuse and has serious risks for a person’s health. With prescription drug abuse comes numerous side effects.

 

It is important to recognise these side effects and get help; in doing so, further health risks may potentially be avoided.

 

Combining

 

Each prescription drug has different side effects; some have many of the same side effects and others have very different effects.

 

Abusers of prescription drugs tend to combine their medication with other prescription drugs, illegal drugs, or alcohol. This leads to more side effects and the risk of overdose very high.

 

10 Side Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse

 

In general each of the following side effects of prescription drug abuse can occur with all three classes: opiates, stimulants, and depressants.

 

The user may only exhibit a few of the side effects, but this does not necessarily mean they are not abusing.

 

Alterations in Mood

 

One of the most obvious side effects of prescription drug abuse is the alterations in the user’s mood.

 

This means that one moment the user could be very calm and relaxed and soon after they may seem very irritable.

 

Overtime, their mood changes or alterations in behaviour may seem closer apart; this is because they are developing a tolerance to the prescription and need more of it to feel the same desirable feeling.

 

Erratic Behaviour

 

When a person is abusing prescription drugs one of the side effects to look for is newly developed erratic behaviour. The person may seem to be spontaneous and seem out of character.

 

Mental Cloudiness

 

Many prescription drugs cause a mental cloudiness; the person may seem to be slow at answering questions or performing tasks.

 

Confusion

 

Prescription drug abuse can cause confusion in users. This side effect can happen in short term use of prescription drugs; as the use becomes more frequent the confusion may seem to get worse.

 

Inability to Sleep or Excess Sleep

 

How a person’s sleep is affected will depend on which prescription drug is being taken. Some may cause the user to sleep for a great amount of time, while others may cause bouts of insomnia.

 

The user may find this side effect extremely irritating and begin take other drugs to have the opposite effect to what they are experiencing.

 

Anxiety

 

Anxiety is a very common side effect of prescription drug abuse. Anxiety will cause the user to seem uneasy, nervous, and worried. People who suffer from severe anxiety will seem to be anxious almost all of the time.

 

Hyperactive

 

Prescription drugs, especially stimulants, may cause the user to be extremely hyperactive. They may seem unable to sit still even for short periods of time.

 

Hygiene and Appearance

 

When a person begins to abuse prescription drugs, they may begin to not care about their physical appearance and hygiene.

 

In some users their clothing style may dramatically change; they may go from being well dressed to very sloppy.

 

Suicidal Tendencies

 

Unfortunately, this is a side effect of prescription drug abuse and even with monitored use. A person is vulnerable to experiencing this side effect if they abruptly stop taking certain prescriptions.

 

Overdose

 

Overdose is one of the most common side effects of all prescription drug abuse. This is because many users combine different prescriptions together.

 

Another reason for overdosing is because a person may have built up a tolerance to the drug, so to get the same desired effect, they take more and sometime too much of the drug.

 

Overdosing on any drug, especially prescriptions can be disastrous and even fatal.

 

Addiction

 

Addiction is most likely the most common side effect of prescription drug abuse. Most prescriptions, especially the ones that make up the three classes above are very addictive.

 

Once an addiction has begun, it is very difficult to stop using. Users may experience painful withdrawal and will most likely need to go to a detox centre and then to a rehab to break free from the addiction.

 

Other Negative Effects

 

With these 10 side effects, the abuse of prescription drugs often have other negative effects; such as, problems with personal relationships, employment difficulties or job loss, financial difficulties, legal issues, and psychological problems.

 

Signs to Look For

 

Along with the side effects of prescription drug abuse, anyone suspecting someone of abuse should look for.

  • Going to multiple doctors
     

  • Going to multiple pharmacies
     

  • Forged prescriptions
     

  • Illegal online pharmaceutical purchases
     

  • Theft and burglary (from hospitals, residences, pharmacies)
     

  • Obtaining prescription from family and friends
     

  • Asking physicians to overprescribe the drug

 

Getting clean and sober should be the most important concern for anyone who is abusing prescription medications, if not then an addiction is almost guaranteed.

 

If you or someone you know is abusing prescription drugs, contact SHAFAHOME today.

 

 

 

 

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