Tips for Safely Taking Prescription Medication

Many people taking prescription medications become unwitting addicts; and don't realize how addictive the medications can be.  Read these valuable medication tips.

Many people taking prescription medications become "unwitting addicts;" and don't realize how addictive the medications can be. Read these valuable medication tips.

What if a doctor prescribed a medication for you and you're worried about becoming addicted? (read about drug addiction) If you're taking the medicine the way your doctor told you to, you can relax: Doctors know how much medication to prescribe so that it's just enough for you. In the correct amount, the drug will relieve your symptoms without making you addicted.

If a doctor prescribes a pain medication, stimulant, or CNS depressant, follow the directions exactly. Here are some other things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Keep all doctor's appointments. Your doctor will want you to visit often so he or she can monitor how well the medication is working for you and adjust the dose or change the medication as needed. Some medications must be stopped or changed after a while so that the person doesn't become addicted.
  • Make a note of the effects the drug has on your body and emotions, especially in the first few days as your body gets used to it. Tell your doctor about these. (information about: drug abuse side effects)
  • Keep any information your pharmacist gives you about any drugs and activities you should steer clear of while taking your prescription. Reread it often to remind yourself of what you should avoid. If the information is too long or complicated, ask a parent or your pharmacist to give you the highlights.
  • Don't increase or decrease the dose of your medication without checking with your doctor's office first - no matter how you're feeling.

Finally, never use someone else's prescription. And don't allow a friend to use yours. Not only are you putting your friend at risk, but you could suffer, too: Pharmacists won't refill a prescription if a medication has been used up before it should be. And if you're found giving medication to someone else, it's considered a crime and you could find yourself in court.


Next: Addiction to Prescription Drugs
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APA Reference
Tracy, N. (2008, December 27). Tips for Safely Taking Prescription Medication, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2021, September 19 from

Last Updated: April 25, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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