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Welcome to Ask the Expert On Tonight s Show we have Nurse Nelly from Nashville Hello Nurse
Nelly Hello to You Popular Television Anchorman I understand you are here to tell us about
what people are beginning to call a new American epidemic. That s Right. This is a serious
problem that affects people from all walks of life; the rich the middle class and the
poor, and people from all races and beliefs. And what is this huge problem? Prescription
drug addiction. With these drugs being so heavily advertised and being prescribed so
frequently more and more people are becoming addicted. And this addiction leads to all
sorts of other problems. Like what? Well, for one thing, more people are now dying from
prescription drug overdose than are dying from street drugs. Wow! That s frightening.
And these people never thought they d become addicted. Most people think that if a drug
is prescribed by a doctor then it must be safe. They don t think about the possibility
of addiction or overdose or death. What kinds of prescription drugs are most addictive?
Which ones should people be most careful of? I will tell you. But this isn t all of them.
And please never stop taking a prescription medication without first talking to your doctor.
I am not trying to give you medical advice. m sure they know that. We are just cartoon
characters, after all. Speak for yourself. Anyway, here are some of the prescription
drugs that many, many people find themselves becoming addicted to. One type of prescription
drug that has been in the news lately is painkillers. These come under dozens of different names.
Here are just some of them: Painkillers Vicodin Oxycontin Fentanyl Percocet Percodan Oxycodone
Actiq Darvon Demerol Lortab Codeine Morphine Dilaudid Methadone Lorcet That certainly is
a lot of addictive painkillers. Are there other prescription drugs that are addictive?
Yes there are. For instance, most people don t know that antidepressants are also addictive.
Antidepressants: Zoloft Paxil Prozac Wellbutrin Remeron Vivactil Adapin Doxepin Anafranil
Celexa Desyrel Effexor Elavil Luvox Marplan Pamelor Parnate Serzone Are there a lot of
people who have been prescribed antidepressants? Yes. It has been estimated more than one in
ten Americans use antidepressants. Wow! I guess many of those people must be addicted.
You guess right. Are there other kinds of prescription drugs that are addictive? Yes,
antipsychotic drugs such as Seroquel are known to be addictive as are insomnia drugs like
Lunesta and Ambien. Seroquel Abilify Zyprexa Thorazine Haldol Risperdal Sedatives / Insomnia
Drugs Ambien Lunesta Sonata Restoril Silenor Halcion Are there any others? You also have
the depressants like Xanax and Valium. Xanax Valium Ativan Klonopin Librium Centrax Those
are also called anti-anxiety drugs. Then there are the stimulants. You know, the kind they
give to kids. These include: Adderall, Concerta and Ritalin. Stimulants Adderall Dexedrine
Dextrostat Procentra Vyvanse Concertal Ritalin Metadate Cylert There sure must be a lot of
people out there who would like to get off medication but who are having trouble because
they are addicted. There are. And these people should not try to stop taking these medications
without medical help. You already said that. I know. But it is important. Some of these
drugs have terrible withdrawal symptoms. Is there a place people can go to find out if
they re addicted and to get some help? A good place to start is to go to the website of
Get Off Meds at GetOffMeds.com Well, Nurse Nellie from Nashville, thank you for being
on our show. And thank you for inviting me, Mr. Popular Television Anchorman. Thank you
and I hope to see you tomorrow for another edition of Ask the Expert Addictive Prescription
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