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Is prolonged use of prescription drugs dangerous?

Believing that just because a drug was prescribed to you by your health care provider in Missouri makes it okay to consume beyond what was prescribed, is a dangerous way of thinking and can be a major risk to your health and well-being. You can just as easily become addicted to a prescription drug as any of the illegal drugs you may come across. 

When your doctor prescribes a drug to help you manage unwanted symptoms of a medical condition you are experiencing, it is imperative that you understand the dosage requirements. This includes how frequently you should take the drug, what substances to avoid taking with it, how much to take at any given time and the duration of consumption. It would also benefit you to be aware of the side effects. As soon as you have reached the maximum amount of days recommended for you to be taking the drug, properly dispose of any remaining pills. 

According to ulifeline.org, the consequences of consuming dangerous amounts of prescription drugs and not in conjunction with your doctor's recommendations include the following:

  • Difficulty focusing at work and at school which can affect both your job and academic performance. 
  • Increased health problems resulting from toxic levels of drug consumption. 
  • Addiction and feeling like you cannot function without taking the drug. 
  • Higher risks of being involved in an accident because your thinking is impaired by the drugs you are taking. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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