Prescription Drugs

Adderall a Dangerous Study Aid

A prescription drug designed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder has become one of the most commonly abused prescription medications in the United States. Adderall, or the “study drug,” is becoming increasingly popular among college students and the consequences of abuse can be severe. While Adderall is an approved prescription medication, 30 to 40 percent of …

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Propofol Addiction

Until the high-profile death of music legend Michael Jackson, it is possible that many of us would never have been familiar with the medication Propofol, even though it is possible we may have received it in conjunction with a number of medical procedures. Unfortunately, Michael Jackson’s death and the subsequent trial of his personal physician …

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Prochlorperazine (Compazine) Abuse

Prochlorperazine is a genetic medication available as  Compro and Procomp and possibly generic alternatives. This medication is often used to control  severe nausea and vomiting, as well as treating the symptoms of schizophrenia. Prochlorperazine is effective for the short-term treatment of generalized non-psychotic anxiety. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved prochlorperazine for …

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Gabapentin Poses Addiction Risks, Especially When Improperly Prescribed

For those individuals who are dealing with epilepsy or seizures, the outlook can seem dim. They may have lost their ability to see the light at the end of a dark tunnel or maybe they fully believe life has lost its joy because their condition limits what they can safely do. One medication that is …

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Study Identifies Characteristics of Prescription Drug Addiction

Unlike alcohol and drug addiction, it can be difficult to identify those who are addicted to prescription drugs. In an effort to make it easier for doctors and healthcare professionals to screen for prescription drug use disorder (PDUD) in patients with chronic pain, researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) conducted a study …

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Tuinal Abuse

Tuinal contains two active ingredients – amobarbital sodium and secobarbital sodium. Both of these drugs belong to a group of medicines known as barbiturates. Such medications are known to cause drowsiness and are often used to induce sleep in those with insomnia issues. When Tuinal is used to treat insomnia, it is generally only prescribed …

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Amytal Abuse

Amytal is a type of barbiturate used in the treatment of severe sleeping disorders. Amobarbital sodium is the active ingredient in sodium Amytal capsules. When used properly, Amytal causes drowsiness in order to induce sleep. The medication works by enhancing the action of a neurotransmitter called GABA in the brain. When used in the treatment …

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Buspar Abuse

The trade name for buspirone, Buspar is an anomaly of the anti-anxiety medications as it is not chemically or pharmacologically related to benzodiazepines, barbiturates or sedative drugs. Instead, it activates Serotonin and acts on Dopamine receptors in the brain. Instead, Buspar is part of the azaspirodecanedione class of compounds and is often promoted as non-sedative, …

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Adderall Abuse

Adderall is the brand name for a pharmaceutical psychostimulant and is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The drug is a product of mixed amphetamine salts and achieves its effectiveness from increasing the amount of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain. When used in the treatment of ADHD, Adderall helps to increase alertness, …

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