3 Addictive Prescription Drugs You Need To Be Careful With

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The misuse of prescription drugs, including stimulants, opioids, and anti-depressants, has gotten way out of hand in the U.S.

Most people take their medication as prescribed, yet the “National Institute on Drug Abuse” estimates that 18 million individuals (aged 12 an over) have misused prescription medication at least once in 2017.

There are many drugs that may seem harmless, but in reality, they are not only addictive, they can also be very dangerous too, even deadly.

Here are 3 addictive drugs that you need to be careful with

Tylenol 3 with codeine

Also known as Acetaminophen, Tylenol falls into two different drug classes;

  • Antipyretics – can reduce fevers by sending a message to the brain’s heat regulator telling it to lower body temperature when it gets too high.
  • Analgesics – relieves pain by raising the body’s pain threshold, making it hard for an individual to feel pain.

Acetaminophen is dangerous when taken by itself as it can cause severe liver damage and more. Therefore, it should not be taken more than 5 days to relieve pain or more than 3 days to reduce a fever unless directed by a physician.

Tylenol is available without a prescription, but not when it contains codeine as codeine is an opiate that is very addictive. Taken in large doses or for a long period of time, Tylenol 3 with Codeine can cause severe liver damage or serious respiratory depression, that can be life-threatening and even deadly, especially when combined with other drugs or alcohol. In addition, breaking, cutting, chewing, crushing, or dissolving Tylenol 3 with codeine can have dangerous adverse effects that can be fatal.


Adderall is a type of amphetamine used to treat Narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD). This drug can be addictive as well as dangerous if misused or combined with other drugs or alcohol.

This drug can be used short-term to counteract ADHD symptoms. It does this by increasing neurotransmitters that boost attention, energy, and alertness in the brain. These chemicals are called dopamine and norepinephrine. The drug also decreases blood flow, increases heart rate, and opens breathing passages up.

Even if this drug is taken short-term as prescribed, it can have negative effects that include potential cardiac issues, including:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Disrupted heart rhythm

Other potential side effects both long and short term includes:

  • Irregular heartbeat and increased heart attack risk
  • Headaches
  • Paranoia
  • Malnutrition
  • Physiological disorders
  • Tremors/twitching
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dryness of the mouth
  • Decreased inhibitions
  • Erratic behavior

The drug can be addictive and poses danger to its user, which is why some countries like Japan, completely banned it from use. If Your are struggling with Adderall withdrawal, finding the right type of help is very important.  The right help will provide you with the ability to overcome your struggles and get you back to where you need to be.


Xanax, also known as, Alprazolam, belongs to the benzodiazepine (benzos) group that are most commonly used to treat insomnia, anxiety, and epileptic seizures. Valium or diazepam also belongs to the same drug group, however, it cannot compare to Xanax as Xanax, is 10 times stronger and is much faster acting than Valium.

Benzos work by raising inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA levels in the brain to decrease abnormal excitement and relax or sedate an individual.

Over-sedation can result from short term misuse of Xanax which can lead to collapse and death while long term misuse can result in physical dependence and if you try to quit or even reduce your dosage, you may have severe withdrawal symptoms.

Thus, combining this benzodiazepine with other drugs, alcohol, or things like grapefruit, antacid tablets, birth control pills, increases the risks of danger, but especially when taken with other sedatives or opiates.

In fact, each day an average of 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose and over 30 percent of them also involve benzodiazepines.

If you are someone you know may be addicted the following resources may be able to help…

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