In Part 1 of this two-part blog series, we discussed five of the most commonly abused prescription drugs, including the symptoms of their abuse that lead to drug addiction. Today, we conclude our blog series with five additional prescription drugs that have been heavily abused in recent years according to the CDC.

Ritalin

Commonly prescribed to treat hyperactive children with ADD or ADHD, Ritalin has been abused because its stimulant properties resemble those of cocaine. As a result, Ritalin pills are often crushed into a powder for snorting. Common symptoms of Ritalin abuse include:

  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rapid heartbeat and breathing
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Convulsions

Zoloft

Prescribed mainly to treat anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder and panic attacks, Zoloft is often abused to change moods. Symptoms of Zoloft addiction include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Memory loss
  • Stiff muscles
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Decreased libido and impotence

Ambien

As a sedative, Ambien works to mitigate the chemical imbalances in the brain that can cause insomnia. Symptoms and signs of Ambien abuse include:

  • Nausea
  • Hallucinations
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Impaired coordination and motor skills
  • Binge eating
  • Decreased libido

Concerta

Concerta is used to treat ADD and ADHD. However, people have abused Concerta as a way to get high or even to lose weight. Concerta abuse symptoms include:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fever and headaches
  • Easy bruising
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin rash and severe blisters
  • Insomnia
  • Blurred vision

OxyContin

Perhaps one of the most notoriously abused prescription drugs of today, OxyContin is a painkiller with effects similar to those of morphine. Symptoms of OxyContin abuse include:

  • Swelling of the eyes, tongue and throat
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle weakness
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings

Get Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment Today

Illegal or not, drugs that alter the conditions of the body or mind have dangerous effects if abused. Even if used for proper intended medical intentions, these drugs have serious and sometimes fatal consequences when abused. If someone you know is possibly addicted to prescription drugs, seek help immediately by contacting a therapist or drug counselor today. Cornerstone Recovery Center, a rehab center in South Florida, provides comprehensive detox, drug rehabilitation, aftercare treatment and relapse prevention services. If you or a loved one is suffering from prescription drug abuse or any other addiction, please call us toll free 888-711-0354 to speak confidentially with one of our expert counselors, or submit an online form for more information.