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Prescription Drug Abuse: Symptoms and Treatment in Tampa

The use of prescription medication in a manner not authorized by the doctor or taking an amount not prescribed is known as prescription drug abuse. Prescription medication abuse also occurs if an individual consumes prescription drugs that are not intended for or have not been prescribed to them.

After marijuana and Over the Counter drugs (OTCs), prescription drugs are the most commonly abused in Tampa .

Prescription drugs often serve as gateway drugs and have been cited as the first drug used by individuals aged 12 and above. This is because of the common misconception that some medications are safer to intake than others since they are prescribed by a medical professional. The prescription drug abuse problem has escalated to such an extent that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has now classified it as an epidemic.

The most commonly abused prescription medications include painkillers, anti anxiety medication, stimulants and sedatives.

The thing to remember is that that the way out of opiate addiction is through professionally supervised rehab. Those who choose to ignore it do so at their own risk.

If you suffer from painkiller dependence or know someone who does, do not waste another moment and seek professional help right away.

Kinds of Prescription Drugs and Associated Symptoms

Prescription drugs have gained popularity in Tampa mainly because of their mind altering capabilities. There are different types of prescription drugs that are available and cause different effects respectively.

Opiate Withdrawal

Opiate dependence means it can be very hard for a person to quit taking the drug. Some of the withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate include:

  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Dilated pupils
  • Muscle aches
  • Bone pains
  • Insomnia
  • Trembling

Tolerance for this drug builds quickly therefore the user feels the need to consume more and more of it. Opiate withdrawal symptoms are usually not life threatening but in some cases, depending on how addicted the person is to them and for how long they have been taking them, the symptoms can become excessive and dangerous.