What is a prescription drug?
Prescription drugs are those which are available to general public only on the production of some kind of written instruction from the doctor to the medical pharmacist. Prescription drugs were first known to be used from 1951.
6 of the most prescribed drugs
In the order of the number of prescriptions that were written in the year 2010, the names of six drugs that were mostly prescribed in US are;
Hydrocodone in combination with acetaminophen – Approximately 131 million issued prescriptions.
Generic Zocor a cholesterol -lowering drug – Around 94 million issued prescriptions.
Lisinopril a blood pressure control drug – Nearly 87 million issued prescriptions.
Generic Synthroid a thyroid medication- About 70 million issued prescriptions.
Generic Norvasc a blood pressure drug – Roughly 57 million issued prescriptions.
Generic Prilosec an antacid – Nearly 53 million issued prescriptions.
Does all prescription drug abuse lead to addiction?
Not at all. Abuse of all prescription drugs do not lead to addition. Some of the drugs don’t act on the brain. Antibiotics which treat infections do not cause addiction. Before taking any drugs the information on the label and the prescription should be read properly. This includes the instruction of the doctor, the quantity to be taken, the interval at which it should be taken , the possible side effects, whether it should be taken with or without any food, if it interacts with any other drugs etc. If you follow the instructions properly then you can save yourself from being abused. If you have any kind of doubt regarding the intake of the medication you should get in touch with your doctor immediately.
According to me if you face any problem after taking any of the prescription drugs, then better consult your physician and not stop it or change the dosage on your own.