Are My Prescription Drugs Safe to Take?

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Are My Prescription Drugs Safe to Take?People like to assume that doctors can’t be wrong and that, if a drug or set of drugs is prescribed, they must be safe. Although doctors go through extensive training, and drugs are tested rigorously before being offered to the public, mistakes and unexpected reactions occur. Drugs that were once deemed safe are later pulled from shelves, as was the case with Darvon and Darvocet, two once commonly prescribed pain medications. If you are taking multiple drugs to manage pain, to treat co-occurring medical and mental health issues, or to use recreationally, the risks associated with use increase.

Prescription Drug Side Effects

All prescription drugs come with potential side effects. The most dangerous of these are severe allergic reactions, but something even as seemingly harmless as acetaminophen (found in Tylenol) can cause fatal liver damage. This drug is found in many prescription combination drugs, and you may not realize how much of this substance you are ingesting, if you are taking multiple prescription drugs or combining prescription drugs with over-the-counter painkillers. Knowing the contents of the drugs you are taking is essential to keeping yourself safe.

Substances react uniquely to different body compositions and something as seemingly harmless as a grapefruit can make medication no longer work correctly. If fruit can reduce the safety of a medication, consider how powerful drugs can affect one another. Taking medications with opposite effects can also hide the symptoms of an overdose, increasing the risk of fatality. Research the ingredients in your medications, and learn how they interact with one another, with your body, and with the environment.

Dependence and addiction are possible results of taking drugs such as opiates or benzodiazepines. Using multiple medications increases your addiction risk as does a personal or family history of substance abuse. Talk to your doctor about any addiction concerns before and while prescribed potentially addictive substances. If you recognize a prescription drug use problem developing, speak up and reach out for help.

Prescription Drug Abuse Help

If you are concerned about your or a loved one’s medication misuse, call our toll-free helpline. We are here 24 hours a day to connect you to the resources that match your unique needs. We have access to the top therapists, addiction professionals, and rehab programs across the country, and our admissions coordinators listen to you, your concerns, and your wants before offering advice and information on the best step to take next. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call today.