Senior Over The Counter Drug Addiction
Over the counter (OTC) drug abuse is on the rise amongst seniors. It is important for all people taking over the counter drugs to inform their Doctor at every visit. These OTC drugs can have reactions with other medications and alcohol, resulting in problems with coordination, nausea and irritability, as well as other problems.
Be Aware of OTC Drugs
OTC drugs can be extremely dangerous when mixed with other drugs or alcohol. They are also a risk to those with other serious medical conditions, including:
- OTC drugs should never be take if analgesics are used in high doses, this can cause cardiovascular and renal toxicity and gastrointestinal hemorrhaging.
- If you have high blood pressure and other medical conditions should not take diet pills and energy drinks or supplements, as they can cause cardiovascular problems.
- Malnutrition and constipation can occur in those taking vitamins or other supplements as substitutes for the nutrition and fiber.
- Cough syrups contain alcohol, and should not be taken by anyone in recovery.
- OTC Sleep Aids claim can cause you to become dependent, requiring the medication to induce and/or maintain sleep.
OTC Medication ARE Drugs
While the label on many OTC medications claim they there are no addictive side affects, many people find themselves hooked. Sleep aids and cough medications can lead to dependency. Combining OTC medications with alcohol or other drugs can add to the risk of addiction.
If you are concerned your loved one is suffering from addiction do not hesitate to reach out for help. Senior Rehabs will help your loved one win their battle with addiction and move on to living a fulfilling life in recovery.