Top 10 Most Abused Prescription Drugs

In 2010, approxiamtely 7 million people were current users of many different drugs taken non-medically.

Ambien

Ambien is a nonbenzodiazepine with a powerful hypnotic and sedative effects. Usually prescribed by doctors for treatment of insomnia, and in rarer cases a muscle relaxant.

Seroquel

This drug is usually prescribed for schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and insomnia. The drug acts as an anxiety reducer.

Dilaudid

This drug is a narcotic analgesic used for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain. Side effects of over usage can include dizziness, fainting, shallow breathing and seizure.

Xanax

Xanax is usually used for stress and anxiety. A physician will prescribe a patient Xanax for panic disorders, insomnia, and more rarely, social anxiety.

Desoxyn

Usually prescribed for ADHD treatment, as well as obesity, due to its appetite suppressing effects. This drug is a stimulant that increases the speed of the body’s function.

Codeine

Usually prescribed by doctors for coughs and pain.

Adderall

Usually prescribed to individuals with trouble concentrating. This drug is a stimulant that increases the speed of the body’s function and increases an individuals focus.

Laudanum

This drug was historically used to treat a variety of ailments, but its principal  use was as an analgesic and cough suppressant. If taken excessively will cause death.

OxyContin

OxyContin is generally prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain.

Opana

This is indicated for the relief of moderate to severe pain and also as a preoperative medicine to alleviate apprehension, maintain anesthesia, and as an obstetric analgesic.

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