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3 Common Household Medications That Are Often Abused

When you go to the doctor for any ailment it is common to get a prescription for medication you need to buy after consultation. When you have a headache or mild pains you can always rush to a pharmacy to buy painkillers. Medication is indeed necessary if you wish to be on the road to recovery. We all probably have a medicine cabinet of maybe small box were we keep everyday medication, which we know we will always be in need of. Do you know that cabinet/box can be a “Pandora’s box” if the medication is not used following proper instructions?

Below is a list of everyday medication that most of us probably have in our households, but are commonly overdosed and abused.


Pain Killers/Relievers 

We all suffer from headaches, mild pains from time to time so it’s highly likely that every one of us probably has a pack or two of pain killers somewhere in the house. Doctors often prescribe pain killers at a dosage that will offer the greatest benefit at the least risk. The most common mistake that leads people to overdose painkillers is simply impatience. Your pain medication may not work as soon as possible but that is no excuse to double or triple the dosage. Give it time to work its magic; if it fails don’t try to boost its effect by taking another pain reliever rather consult a doctor for more instructions.


Cough syrup

Usually used to treat coughs, this is now no longer the case as people are now abusing different kinds of cough syrups in order to get “high”. Some over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription cough and cold medicines contain active ingredients that are psychoactive (mind-altering) at higher-than-recommended dosages and are frequently abused for this purpose. The most commonly abused is Dextromethorphan (DXM) and Promethazine-codeine cough syrup. Mostly abused by youths, this drug is often mixed with soda drinks and other banned substances.


Anti – Depressants

Anti-depressants are prescription medication used to treat certain mood disorders such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. People usually develop an addiction to anti-depressants after they are incorrectly diagnosed and end up taking drugs they were not supposed to. Although there is much debate whether they are addictive or not, most researchers point out to the withdrawal symptoms one experiences as evidence that they are addictive and can be abused.


Always make sure to take your medication following the proper dosage and to store it in a suitable and safe environment. We at Corporate 24 Medical Aid wish you the best of health this 2017.

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