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Similar to opiate abuse, prescription abuse can be something that starts with a regular visit to your primary doctor. Prescription abuse, or misuse, means taking a medication a way it is not prescribed. It can also mean taking medication that is not prescribed to you at all. 

What are the signs and symptoms?


Millions of Americans struggle with prescription abuse but are often too ashamed to get the help they need. You can help by knowing the signs and symptoms of prescription abuse. Here are some to look out for:

  • Nausea

  • Constipation and/or diarrhea

  • Headaches 

  • Feeling dizzy

  • Changes is typical everyday behavior

  • Change in mood and/or sleeping habits

What are the Short-Term Effects of Prescription Abuse?


The effects of prescription abuse and misuse can vary depending on the medication. Some of the short-term effects can include:


  • Drowsiness

  • Slow breathing

  • Constipation

  • Loss of appetite 

What are the Long-Term Consequences of Prescription Abuse?


Some of the long-term effects of prescription abuse can be serious or even fatal. These effects include:


  • Painful withdrawal

  • Seizures   

  • Paranoia

  • Death

If you or a loved one is believed to be suffering from Prescription abuse or other addictions, please reach out to Sobriety Now for a consultation:  267-704 -9669


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse (Misuse of Prescription Drugs)

  2. Recovery Centers of America (Warning Signs of Prescription Drugs)

  3. Only The Strong Survive (Short and Long Term Effects of Prescription Drugs

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