Dangers of Getting Prescription Drugs from Family Members

You may want to take a family member’s prescription drug based on what you know about it, but drugs can affect different people in different ways. The following factors may change the effects of any medication:

  • Side effects – Prescription drugs often have many different possible side effects, and doctors take these into account when discussing possible medications for any patient. Someone who takes a prescription drug that is meant for another family member may be more likely to experience negative side effects.
  • Dosage – Age, weight, personality and a history with similar medication all influence the dosage that a doctor may prescribe. The dosage prescribed for family members may not be the amount another individual needs, so the strength of a drug may damage another user.
  • Underlying conditions – Some medication is dangerous when taken with certain underlying health conditions. Taking a family member’s prescriptions may cause a negative reaction in those with different medical needs.
  • Interactions – Some drugs need to be taken with food or at a certain time of day. Taking a family member’s prescription drug without knowing how it may interact with your normal schedule or eating habits may lead to negative effects.

There are always risks when taking prescription drugs, and there may be more unknown factors and potential side effects when taking a family member’s prescriptions.

A Family Member’s Prescription Drugs May Run Out

If an individual uses a family member’s prescription, the medication may run out too fast. This family member who relies on the medication for pain relief or to treat mental health issues may suffer if her prescription runs out too fast, and may be accused of prescription drug abuse by doctors or pharmacies. This can cause her to go without the substance that is critical for her functioning.

If an individual takes prescription drugs from family members and becomes tolerant or addicted, he may also suffer if the medication runs out, which will compel him to get more medication legally. An individual may experience uncomfortable or painful withdrawal symptoms if prescription drugs run out suddenly, and he have become used to a high dose. This is a dangerous practice and requires immediate treatment.

Prescription Drugs from a Family Member May Lead to Addiction

When people take a family member’s prescription, there is a higher chance of abuse than if they were prescribed their own medication. They may take the drug erratically, use it to get high or as a way to relax. When people use prescription drugs in this way it is drug abuse because it is not being taken as prescribed by a doctor. Abusing drugs, even rarely, may lead to addiction.

When individuals abuse prescription drugs, they are often self-medicating an underlying condition. Individuals may take painkillers as a way to ease anxiety or distract themselves from problems. For instance, some people abuse Adderall to get through stressful events or to work longer hours. Using drugs in this way may prevent the underlying problems such as anxiety or depression from being addressed. Individuals who begin abusing family members’ prescription drugs may be less likely to seek help from a doctor, because they are ashamed or think they can handle it on their own.

Find Treatment for Prescription Drug Abuse

If you are abusing your family member’s prescription drugs, treatment can help. Our counselors can answer your questions about drug abuse and help you find treatment for addiction and any underlying issues you may have. Call now as our helpline is available 24 hours a day and is toll free.