The way prescription drugs react in the brain depends on which drug is being abused. Many prescription drugs that are abused have similar side effects depending on what drug class they are in, or how much is being taken. The way painkillers, tranquilizers/benzodiazepines, stimulants, and sedatives/sleeping medication work in the brain is that they change the amount of chemicals released and reabsorbed in the brain.
When prescription pills are abused the brain becomes dependent on the drugs to control the re-uptake and release of these vital chemicals in the brain; this is how an addiction is formed. More of the prescription drugs are needed to achieve the same effect that smaller amounts used to provide. Prescription drug addiction can show in many ways depending on what drugs are being abused, but there is treatment for all addictions to prescription drugs at GH Recovery Solutions.
Side Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse
Various prescription medications work differently in the body depending on the dosage, combinations, and on the frequency in which they are being taken. Some of the most prevalent side effects of each commonly abused drug class of prescription drugs are:
Painkiller Opioid and Opiate Prescription Drug Side Effects
- Feelings of euphoria
- Pain relief
- Drowsiness/ Sedation
Tranquilizer/Benzodiazepine Prescription Drug Abuse Side Effects
- Slurred speech
Stimulant Prescription Drug Abuse Side Effects
- Loss of appetite
- Increased Concentration
Sedative/Sleep Medication Abuse Side Effects
- Memory Difficulties
- Extreme drowsiness