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What is prescription drugs?


Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are drugs you can buy without a prescription. Some OTC medicines relieve aches, pains and itches. Some prevent or cure diseases, like tooth decay and athlete's foot. Others help manage recurring problems, like migraines. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration decides whether a medicine is safe enough to sell over-the-counter. Taking OTC medicines still has risks. Some interact with other medicines, supplements, foods or drinks. Others cause problems for people with certain medical conditions. If you're pregnant, talk to your health care provider before taking any medicines.

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Prescription drug - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A prescription medication is a licensed medicine that is regulated by legislation to require a prescription before it can be obtained. ...

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Prescription Medications - Drugs of Abuse and Related Topics - NIDA

Prescription drug abuse means taking a prescription medication that is not prescribed for you, or taking it for reasons or in dosages other than as ...

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Prescription Drug (Rx) Abuse - Parents. The Anti-Drug.

Prescription drug (Rx) abuse is on the rise. Learn the signs, dangers and risks of abuse in teenagers.

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Prescription Medicine

All medications sold in the United States can be divided into two categories: Prescription medications that require a prescription to be sold Nonprescription or over-the-counter medications that do not require a directive from a doctor Prescription medications are generally more potent than those sold over-the-counter (OTC) and may have more serious side effects if inappropriately used. Therefore, these medications are only sold under a doctors direction. These directions are written on a prescription by your doctor, then double-checked, packaged, and sold to you by a pharmacist.

Drug Abuse

Drug abusers use substances to modify their mood or state of mind, even when doing so causes difficulties at work, school, or with relationships, health, or the law. Substance abuse contributes to many social ills, including crime, accidents, and family violence. For example, substance abuse causes impaired judgment, which may lead to the spread of HIV through needle-sharing and trading sex for drugs. Drug-related problems cost an estimated $160 billion or more annually.

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Drug testing

To detect, quantify, and occasionally monitor drugs that are causing acute overdose symptoms, results from emergency and overdose testing are used primarily for treatment purposes. If results are needed for legal proceedings, then specific legal (forensic) procedures must be followed for sample collection, storage, and testing.

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Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
Medicare prescription drug coverage is insurance that helps people pay for prescription drugs at participating pharmacies. It is available to everyone who has Medicare. It provides protection if you pay high drug costs or have unexpected prescription drug bills. It doesn't cover all costs. You have to pay part of the cost of prescription drugs. Most people also have to pay a monthly premium and a yearly deductible for the coverage. Private companies provide Medicare prescription drug coverage. You choose the drug plan you like best. Whether or not you should sign up for the coverage depends on how good your current coverage is. You need to sign up for coverage as soon as you are eligible for Medicare. Otherwise, you might have to pay a penalty.

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Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug abuse is the use of prescription drugs most commonly painkillers, sedatives and stimulants in ways not intended by the prescribing doctor. The definition for prescription drug abuse includes everything from taking a friend's prescription painkiller for your backache to snorting ground-up pills to get high.

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Urine drug screen
A urine drug screen is designed to detect illegal (and some prescription) drugs in the urine. See toxicology screen for information about specific drugs.

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Drug addiction
The best way to prevent an addiction to an illegal drug is not to take the drug at all. Use care when taking an addictive prescription drug. Your doctor may prescribe narcotics to relieve pain, benzodiazepines to relieve anxiety or insomnia, or barbiturates to relieve nervousness or irritation. Doctors prescribe these medications at safe doses and monitor their use so that you're not given too great a dose or for too long a time. If you feel you need to take more than the prescribed dose of a medication, talk to your doctor.

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Drug Information
Everyone knows what medicines are for - to make you feel better when you are sick. But many people don't realize that all medicines have risks as well as benefits. The risks of medicines include unwanted side effects or interactions with food or other medicines you may be taking. Some risks are not very serious, like an upset stomach. Others, like liver damage, are more serious. When a medicine's benefits outweigh its known risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers it safe enough to approve. Both prescription and over-the-counter medicines must be approved before they can be sold in the U.S.

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Drug Abuse
Drug abuse is the use of illegal drugs, or the misuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs. See also: Drug abuse and dependence Drug abuse first aid

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Drug Allergy
A drug allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to a medication. A number of drugs can cause a drug allergy, including prescription and over-the-counter medications. The most common signs of a drug allergy are hives, rash or fever. You can have an allergic reaction to a drug even if it caused no reaction in the past.

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Drug Safety
In the U.S., the government's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must approve any drug - whether it's prescription or over-the-counter - before it can be sold. The FDA evaluates the safety of a drug by looking at side effects, how it's manufactured, results of animal testing and clinical trials, and more. The FDA also monitors a drug's safety after approval. To make sure you use drugs safely

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Drug tampering
US Food and Drug Administration. Buying prescription medicine online: A consumer safety guide. Updated August 14, 2008. Accessed March 14, 2009.

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Drug-induced cholestasis
If medication is causing the cholestasis, the doctor will probably tell you to stop taking the drug and will prescribe an alternative, if possible. DO NOT stop taking medications on your own without talking to your doctor. There is no medicine to reverse drug-induced cholestasis.

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Keppra
The prescriber should be aware that the adverse event incidence figures in the following tables, obtained when KEPPRA was added to concurrent AED therapy, cannot be used to predict the frequency of adverse experiences in the course of usual medical practice where patient characteristics and other factors may differ from those prevailing during clinical studies. Similarly, the cited frequencies cannot be directly compared with figures obtained from other clinical investigations involving different...

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