Taking a recommended amount of prescription medication for a specified period of time may not harm a person. In fact, it could very well solve their immediate health issue. However, if abused, it can have long term, damaging effects on a person’s body.
Stimulants, like Ritalin, could damage the cardiovascular system if taking in high doses. A stimulant can also raise body temperature to dangerous levels, cause irregular heartbeats and even trigger heart failure and seizures.
Opioids may initiate drowsiness, slow breathing and cause poor coordination. If taking for a long time, these drugs may also bring about restlessness, muscle and bone pain and insomnia. One of the major issues with opioids is that tolerance occurs, causing the addict to have to increase their dosage to reach desired affects.
If you know someone who is abusing prescription medication, call Fairwinds Treatment Center immediately. Their staff of experts will be able to advise you on best to manage the situation.