Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1960, Lomotil is a brand name for the generic drug diphenoxylate and atropine. Each Lomotil tablet contains 2.5 mg diphenoxylate hydrochloride and .025 mg atropine sulfate. Diphenoxylate hydrochloride is an antidiarrheal drug. A small amount of the anticholinergic atropine sulfate is added to discourage deliberate abuse. Atropine sulfate causes unpleasant side effects like rapid heart rate, dry mouth and blurry vision, however, a significantly high dose is required to produce these intolerable side effects.
A new study has found that patients who use both prescription painkillers and medical marijuana are no more likely to abuse other drugs. The study—which was conducted at a medical cannabis clinic—did show that users have a higher rate of substance abuse than the general population, but it also found that medical marijuana users aimed to reduce their opioid painkiller use. On one hand, the finding suggests that using both addictive substances together isn’t a particular risk for other substance abuse, but it also raises difficult questions about the positives and negatives of using medical marijuana for pain management.
Despite the U.S. only being home to 5 percent of the world’s population, 80 percent of prescription pain pills are consumed here. Prescription painkiller overdoses now kill more Americans than car accidents, with one death every 19 minutes on average. These statistics are shocking, but Dr. Sanjay Gupta, writing for CNN, puts forward the case that our attempts to rectify these issues are actually leading to an increase in heroin abuse. Taking evidence from several pieces of research, including a new study looking at the increase in heroin abuse among rural and suburban whites, he explains how we need to focus on the underlying issue of addiction rather than directing our efforts toward specific substances.
Missouri is the only state that has not implemented a monitoring program for prescription drugs. As a result, this Midwest state has become the new Florida, attracting pill seekers who are looking for easy access to powerful and addictive prescription medications.
Whether you’re addicted to drugs that are illegal or to controlled substances, you need professional treatment to get into recovery. And if you are going to rehab for treatment for your prescription drug habit, it helps to know what to expect before you get there. You probably have a million questions: What will my treatment be like? Will I be able to take any kind of medication? What if it doesn’t work? Get your questions answered so you will be ready to do the hard work it takes to get into recovery.
Cyclobenzaprine is a prescription drug that is susceptible to abuse. Although cyclobenzaprine addiction is not common, it is possible to become psychologically dependent on this drug if you abuse it. If you have been prescribed cyclobenzaprine, make sure you take it correctly and tell your doctor if you experience side effects or if you feel like you can’t stop taking it.
Prescription medications are not always safe, although many of us assume that they are. All drugs have inherent risks and if you decide to misuse one, you put yourself in danger of health consequences, increased side effects, and even addiction. Flexeril abuse is not uncommon and, although the drug is not as dangerous as other prescriptions, it can cause some serious consequences.