Drug Information

The following information is provided for educational purposes only, it is not intended as medical advice or counseling. Prescription drugs should never be stopped unless you are under medical supervision. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem or feel this information may be useful to you or someone you know, please consult your health care provider before attempting any change in your medication.


PAINKILLERS - OPIATES

An opiate or opiod is a medication that is derived from opium or mimics the effects of an opiate. These drugs are narcotics that reduce pain by blocking pain signals to the brain.

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BENZOS - BENZODIAZEPINES

Benzodiazepines are medication used as antianxiety agents, muscle relaxants, sedatives, hypnotics, and sometimes as anticonvulsants.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS

Antidepressants are psychoactive drugs intended to be prescribed for people diagnosed with depression.

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ANTIANXIETY

Many antidepressants and sedative-hypnotics, including benzodiazepines, are prescribed for people diagnosed with what is called anxiety.

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ANTIPSYCHOTICS

Antipsychotics are any number of powerful tranquilizers thought to treat psychosis by blocking specific receptors in the brain that affect the central nervous system.

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SLEEP AIDS

Sleep aids are sedatives/hypnotics that are supposed to raise the levels of certain chemicals in the brain to aide sleep. No one knows what the normal level of those chemicals in the brain are supposed to be.

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STUDY DRUGS

Study drugs are primarily prescription amphetamines, popularly once known as ‘speed’, that are becoming widely used by college students and others to increase focus and stay awake while studying.

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