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List of Abused Medications

This is a list of the most commonly abused prescription drugs.  Please check your medicine cabinet at home to see if it contains any of the following medications.  If so, please be aware of their abuse potential if you have teens in your home. If such medications are currently being used by a person they were prescribed for, take necessary steps to be sure they are out of reach by anyone at risk of abusing them. Often these pills are taken by other people visiting your home or taken to sell to friends or others.  If they are no longer needed you should properly dispose of them.  For instructions on proper disposal click on this link:  http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm101653.htm 

 

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WITH POTENTIAL FOR ABUSE

OXYCONTIN– Brand Name (No Generic available)
Uses: Pain reliever (time released single ingredient oxycodone medication)
 

VICODIN, NORCO, LORTAB, LORCET- Brand Names (with others)
HYDROCODONE /with acetaminophen
Uses: Pain reliever


DOLOPHINE,  AMIDONE ,SYMORON
– Brand Names (with others)
METHADONE – Generic Name
Uses: Pain reliever, Anti-addictive for opiates


PERCOCET– Brand Name
OXYCODONE/with acetaminophen                                  
Uses: Pain reliever


VALIUM – Brand Name
DIAZEPAM –Generic Name
Uses: Anxiety, Insomnia

 
XANEX– Brand Name
ALPRAZOLAM– Generic Name
Uses: Anxiety, Panic Attacks

 
SOMA– Brand Name
CARISOPRODOL – Generic Name                        
Uses: Muscle relaxant, Pain reliever


KLONIPIN
– Brand Name
CLONAZEPAM - Generic Name
Uses: Muscle relaxant, Anticonvulsant

 
ADDEROL– Brand Name
AMPHETAMINE/DEXTROAMPHETAMINE– Generic Name (usually shortened on bottle)
Uses: ADHD Stimulant drug

 
RITALIN, CONCERTA– Brand Names
METHYLPHENIDATE– Generic Name
Uses: ADHD Stimulant drug
 

IMPORTANT:

Please be aware that this is only a partial list of drugs that might be abused, but it is the most common.  Someone with a history of addiction or abuse will seek any type of narcotic. Read the pharmaceutical literature for information on addiction  potential or check with your pharmacists if you want to know about a medication not on this list.

If you find a pill that you would like to identify click on the following links:

www.drugs.com/pill_identification.html

http://www.rxlist.com/pill-identification-tool/article.htm



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