Reports of addictions to prescription psycho stimulant drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactive disorder, or ADHD, is now alarming medical health experts. Though they have been deemed effective in treating this disorder, the danger lies in the improper use and abuse of these medications which often lead to a variety of adverse side effects that can trigger gastrointestinal disorders, depression, psychosis, and even death. After reading the overview below, you can find a more thorough examination of these adverse reactions at www.adderallabuse.net.
Drugs commonly prescribed for ADHD includes Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall. As they are compacted with amphetamine properties to address hyperactive symptoms, they are also classified as schedule II drug in the category of controlled substance, further illustrating how high their potential for addiction is. As we become more aware of the risks involved in the use of these psychotropic medications, the more we should acquire the right know how to effectively prevent our loved ones from falling prey to addiction.
Proper Administration of the Medication
One factor you should always bear in mind is the fact that these drugs are meant to treat a specific disorder and thus should be properly prescribed and administered under the supervision of a health care professional. Additionally, do not take medications if they were not properly advised by a doctor.
Take your medicines only as directed. Do not even think of self medicating. If you feel that you are not getting the effects you are expecting from your daily prescribed doses, then discuss this with your doctor and never try to increase dosage on your own.
Improper and irresponsible medication can lead to substance abuse, increased dependency, and tolerance; as well as brain problems arising from the addiction.
Know the Difference between Use and Abuse
In addition, individuals suffer from a great deal of denial. As these amphetamines boost the person’s energy and euphoria, they become unaware of the fact that they may be taking too much.
Take the Meds as Directed
Most ADHD medications are taken either in capsule or tablet form and should only be ingested this way. When they are crushed, snorted or injected, the effects brought about by the medication are heightened and can lead to addiction. At the same time, taking ADHD medication alongside other drugs such as nasal and cough syrups can increase its “high” effects increasing one’s chances of falling prey to addiction.
Learn About the Risks
An effective way to prevent a person from substance abuse is to forewarn them of the risks and adverse effects involved which may includes heart problems, gastrointestinal disorders and thought alteration such as paranoia, psychosis and suicidal inclinations. Knowledge of these horrifying effects can be enough to keep them off addiction.
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