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Acamprosate

Acamprosate is used in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal. This medication can be combined with therapy to promote abstinence and to restore chemical balance within the brain of the recovering alcoholic.

Actiq

Also more commonly known as Fentanyl Citrate, Actiq is the brand name for a powerful medication used in the treatment of pain. This medication is often prescribed to cancer patients but may also be used in the treatment of chronic pain associated with other serious medical disorders or diseases.

Adderall

Adderall is prescribed to patients for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Taken as prescribed, the medication is relatively safe but when Adderall is abused it can be habit-forming and may lead to physical dependence. Side effects can be difficult to treat and may require ongoing medical care.

Alcohol is one of the most widely abused substances in the US accounting for millions of overdoses, accidents and fatal consequences each year. Made from fermented sugars, starch and yeast, alcohol depresses the CNS and is quickly absorbed into the body resulting in an array of side effects. When abused, alcohol is habit forming and can cause a number of symptoms including withdrawal which may require medical treatment.

Alprazolam is an anxiety medication that is often prescribed for patients suffering from various types of panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder. This medication is also used to treat certain forms of depression. Alprazolam is a habit forming medication that can lead to serious symptoms of withdrawal with abrupt cessation.

Ambien is a sleep medication that is commonly prescribed to patients for the short-term treatment of insomnia. Otherwise known by its brand name, zolpidem, Ambien initiates sleep in those who cannot otherwise fall asleep easily. Unfortunately, this drug is also habit forming and should not be used long-term.

Amobarbital

Often given to patients prior to surgical procedure, amobarbital is an injection drug that can reduce anxiety and promote sleep. The sedative effects of the drug can last for hours, but with repeat use there is a risk of physical dependence.

Amphetamine is a psychoactive stimulant that affects the CNS by increasing the release of dopamine and norepinephrine into the brain. Although these medications can be prescribed for narcolepsy and similar sleep disorders, many people also abuse amphetamine to get high. Results can be deadly.

Amytal

Amytal is a sedative that is prescribed to patients who have severe insomnia which is not easily treated using other medications. It is generally only prescribed for short periods of time due to the habit forming nature of the drug.

Anexsia

Anexsia is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen similar to Lortab or Vicodin. It is a narcotic that can be used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain, but it does carry the potential to cause physical dependence when taken repeatedly or without a prescription.

Antabuse

Antabuse is the brand name for disulfiram, a medication that is used to reduce the 'positive' effects of alcohol. Given to recovering alcoholics, this medication will actually result in symptoms of withdrawal or discomfort when alcohol is used and it effectively helps to reduce relapse.

Ativan

Ativan, also known as lorazepam, is an anxiety medication that is commonly prescribed to those suffering from a range of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and several other conditions such as IBS. In controlled, moderate doses, Ativan is a relatively safe medication, but when abused it can be habit forming and dangerous.

Avinza

Avinza is a pain relieving medication that is made up of morphine sulfate. It provided extended-release pain relief when administered daily to patients suffering from various types of chronic pain such as lower-back pain or arthritis.

Biocodone

A brand name for hydrocodone, Biocodone is prescribed to treat patients suffering from moderate to severe pain. When abused, like other hydrocodone products, Biocodone can lead to physical dependence, addiction and withdrawal.

Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is prescribed to patients who are addicted to heroin or other opiates as a means of controlling cravings and symptoms of withdrawal. It can be taken orally to help thwart withdrawal symptoms.

Butalbital

This medication is a barbiturate that can be prescribed to treat various types of anxiety. It is a combination of acetaminophen and caffeine that may also be used in the treatment of chronic headaches.

Butorphanol

Commonly used in the treatment of pain, Butorphanol can also be prescribed for the treatment of migraine headaches. This medications tends to be prescribed to women over men simply because it is generally more effective for females.

Campral

The brand name for a medication used to help people avoid drinking alcohol, Campral is also more widely known as acamprosate. It will not stop symptoms of withdrawal but it can return balance of function to the brain.

Carisoprodol

A muscle relaxing medication that is commonly given to patients following injury or sprain of the muscles, Carisoprodol can be taken orally but may cause nausea or upset stomach if taken without food.

Chlordiazepoxide

This medication is used in the treatment of various effects of alcohol withdrawal and can also be provided in the treatment of IBS. It must be taken regularly in order to take effect but such use can be habit-forming.

Clonazepam

This medication is used to control anxiety and seizures. Clonazepam works by reducing the activity in the brain responsible for panic, fear and anxiety.

Clonidine

Used in the treatment of ADHD as well as in severe cases of dysmenorrhea, Clonidine can also be prescribed in the early treatment of opiate withdrawal to help ease symptoms. Taken orally it can effectively restore balance into the user’s life.

Concerta

This medication is prescribed in the treatment of attention deficit hyeractivity disorder. It can also be prescribed to treat narcolepsy.

Crack cocaine is a dangerous stimulant that is smoked to produce euphoric effects. It is highly habit-forming and will create lasting side effects for the user.

Crystal meth, also known as methamphetamine, is a dangerous stimulant which has the potential to create serious side effects for the user. Used regularly, this drug is very intoxicating and habit-forming.

Damason-P

This is a prescription painkiller that combines aspirin and hydrocodone. Commonly prescribed to patients who cannot take acetaminophen produce, it reduces pain, fever and inflammation but can be habit-forming when regularly used.

Darvocet

A powerful pain reliever that combines acetaminophen and propoxyphene, Darvocet is the brand name medication. It can be used to treat high fever, as well as moderate to severe pain. This drug has been removed from US distribution as of 2010.

Darvon

Darvon is a pain reliever that combines aspirin, propoxyphene and caffeine. As of 2010, this medication is no longer available in the United States.

Demerol

Demerol is a pain reliever which uses the active ingredient meperidine. Used in the treatment of severe pain, this drug acts similar to morphine.

Depade

Depade is a medication that is sometimes prescribed to those in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. An opiate antagonist, this drug reduces the effects of opiate analgesics and renders them undesirable.

Desoxyn

A medication that is very rarely prescribed, this is medical grade methamphetamine hydrochloride and is sometimes prescribed in the treatment of obesity or ADHD.

Dexedrine

Used in the treatment of ADHD, narcolepsy, and obesity, Dexedrine is a powerful amphetamine medication.

Dextroamphetamine

Used in the treatment of ADHD, this medication makes up 75% of the medication used in the common drug Adderall. It is also used to treat depression, obesity and narcolepsy.

Dextromethorphan (DXM)

This medication is found in many over-the-counter cough syrups and works by suppressing the area of the brain that is responsible for cough. It is an antitussive medication but can be tough on the stomach.

Dextropropoxyphene

Prescribed in the treatment of mild pain, dextropropoxyphene is an opioid that is often used in place of Darvon or Darvocet since those two drugs have been removed from U.S. distribution.

Dextrostat

A brand name product for dextroamphetamine, Dextrostat is used to treat ADHD and obesity. It is an amphetamine which can be habit-forming.

Di-Gesic

Marketed as Di-Gesic, this medication is an analgesic that utilizes the drug dextropropoxyphene to help reduce pain but is no longer approved for medical use in the U.S. or Europe.

Diazepam

A medication used to treat seizure, anxiety and muscle spasms, diazepam is a habit-forming medication that may also be prescribed to patients who undergo alcohol detox.

Dicodid

The brand name for hydrocodone, this drug is prescribed in the treatment of chronic or severe cough, as well as moderate to severe pain.

The brand name pain-reliever for the mixture that contains the active ingredient hydromorphone, Dilaudid is a habit-forming medication that increases tolerance to pain but can quickly lead to physical dependence.

Disulfiram

Prescribed to patients during alcoholism treatment, Disulfiram eliminates the side effects of alcohol withdrawal including headache and vomiting.

Duodin

A mixture of hydrocodone, Duodin is used in the treatment of pain and chronic cough. It can be taken orally.

Duragesic

A powerful opiate analgesic pain reliever, duragesic is generally available in a stick-on patch that provides up to three steady days of pain relief for patients.

Duramorph

Morphine that is injected is called duramorph. This powerful opiate provides pain relief to those who have been injured. It is commonly used in a hospital setting.

Ecstasy, also known as “molly” or “MDMA”, is a synthetic street drug that produces a sense of euphoria and feelings of emotional contentment. Taken regularly, it can cause adverse reactions and may pose a potential for overdose.

A powerful opioid pain reliever commonly available in a patch-form, Fentanyl provides lasting pain relief to those who suffer from cancer or other seriously painful problems.

Fioricet

A combination of butalbital and caffeine as well as acetaminophen, this medication is often prescribed to patients who suffer from migraine headaches.

Fiorinal

This medication is used to treat tension related headaches but may also be prescribed to migraine patients. It combines butalbital, caffeine and acetaminophen.

Flunitrazepam

A hypnotic medication that is used to treat those who suffer from the most extreme cases of insomnia, this drug is only used short-term and on the streets has become known as the date rape drug.

GHB

The abbreviated name for the drug gamma hydroxybutyrate, GHB is a powerful drug that produces moderate to severe intoxication when used on the streets.

Halcion

The brand name for a benzodiazepine known as triazolam, Halcion is prescribed in the short-term treatment of insomnia and acts as both a sedative and a hypnotic.

Hash

Hash is a drug that is derived from the marijuana or cannabis plant and produces relaxed effects. It is often mixed with marijuana and smoked but can also be consumed orally.

Heroin is an addictive opiate that is derived from the opium poppy plant. It is injected, snorted, smoked or consumed to produce euphoria but is very habit-forming and dangerous.

Hycodan

The brand name for the drug hydrocodone and bibartate, this drug is an antitussive analgesic that can reduce cough and pain associated with such.

Hydrocet

A generic form of hydrocodone, hydrocet is prescribed to treat severe pain. It is much more powerful than even Oxycodone and is highly addictive.

An opioid analgesic that is used as the active ingredient in a number of pain-relievers, hydrocodone is a habit-forming medication that produces powerful pain relief and can reduce cough.

Hydromorphone

Prescribed to treat pain, hydromorphone is a derivative of morphine. It is the active ingredient in Dilaudid and Palladone, two very powerful pain relievers.

A chemical vapor that is inhaled, inhalants can be found in just about any household product including solvents, gas, aerosol sprays and nitrites. Inhalants are dangerous, powerful and potentially harmful to the user.

Kadian

A brand of the drug morphine sulfate, kadian is used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain especially in patients who suffer from chronic disease.

Kapanol

Morphine sulfate is the active ingredient in Kapanol which is used to treat chronic or acute pain. It can be habit forming when abused.

Ketamine

Developed as an anesthetic and used throughout surgical procedures long ago, Ketamine is now only used in the veterinary practice to relax animals. When abused by humans, this drug is powerful, dangerous and habit-forming.

An anxiety medication used in the treatment of moderate to severe panic attacks, Klonopin is a habit forming medication that should not be abused.

LSD

A hallucinogenic with no medical use, LSD is the abbreviation for the drug lysergic acid diethylamid. It can lead to serious psychological symptoms.

Laudanum

This mixture of alcohol and opium was once widely available without a prescription but is now only prescribed to patients suffering from very severe pain.

Levacetylmethadol (LAAM)

LAAM is an opioid analgesic that is used in the treatment of narcotic addiction. It is not widely used in the US except in treatment centers that specialize in opiate dependence.

Librium

Chlordiazepoxide is the powerful ingredient found in Librium which is used in the treatment of alcohol withdrawal as well as cases of IBS. This drug is a benzodiazepine which can be habit forming.

Lorazepam

Used to treat insomnia, anxiety and epilepsy, Lorazepam is a powerful active ingredient found in Ativan. It is habit-forming when abused.

Lorcet

A combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, Lorcet is an analgesic that is used to treat pain. this drug is dangerous when taken for non-medical purposes.

Lortab

A Hydrocodone and acetaminophen mixture, Lortab is the brand name for a powerful pain reliever that is prescribed to patients suffering from mild, moderate or severe pain.

Luminal

This sleep medication is used in the treatment of seizures and has powerful sedative effects.

MS Contin

The medication that is effectively morphine which can be orally consumed, MS Contin comes in both liquid and pill form to be swallowed for the treatment of severe pain.

MSIR

A brand name drug made from morphine sulfate, this medication provides an immediate release of powerful pain relief. it is used by cancer patients to alleviate severe, long-term pain.

Marijuana

Cannabis, marijuana, weed, these are all names used to describe the naturally growing plant which is widely controversial in the U.S. Used recreationally, marijuana can be habit-forming.

Meperidine

This opioid is a similar drug to that of morphine and produces pain relief for those who suffer from moderate to severe discomfort. It is also habit-forming.

Mescaline

The powerful active ingredient found in the peyote cactus, Mescaline produces hallucinations and out of body type experiences for the user.

Methadone

Methadone is an opioid that is prescribed in the treatment of pain but can also be used to treat or control symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Used as prescribed, this drug can be very helpful but when abused there is a risk of addiction.

Methadrine

Also known as methamphetamine, Methadrine is a powerful stimulant that is dangerous and habit-forming.

Methamphetamine

An illicit substance that is also known as crystal meth, crank or speed, methamphetamine is a habit-forming drug with very little acceptable medical use.

Methaqualone

This drug is the generic name for the powerful barbiturate Quaaludes. It is non-habit forming but can be very dangerous when abused.

Methylphenidate

A medication that is commonly prescribed as Ritalin and used in the treatment of ADHD, this drug is habit-forming and should not be abused.

Morphine

An analgesic that is directly derived from the opium poppy, morphine is used to treat severe pain but can quickly lead to tolerance and physical dependence.

Mushrooms

Hallucinogenic mushrooms are found in over 200 different varieties and types but many are actually poisonous. These fungi are consumed orally to produce powerful hallucinogenic effects.

Naltrexone

A medication that is prescribed to patients who are suffering from opioid withdrawal and sometimes to those suffering from alcohol withdrawal, Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that can reduce the effects of withdrawal during detox.

Nembutal

A barbiturate that is actually the brand name for pentobarbital sodium, Nembutal is prescribed in the short-term treatment of insomnia but may also be given as a sedative prior to surgical procedure.

Norco

A pain reliever that is prescribed to those suffering from moderate to severe pain, Norco is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen similar to Lortab.

Opium

This illicit drug is smoked or consumed to produce euphoria and relaxation. Opium is an analgesic with no true medical use.

Oramorph

Otherwise know as the generic name morphine, Oramorph is an opioid analgesic that relieves pain. It is a habit forming drug that can be difficult to quit using following physical dependence.

Orlaam

This analgesic medication is prescribed to patients who are trying to overcome an addiction to opiates such as Hydrocodone or Heroin. It can reduce withdrawal symptoms and later be tapered off as the patient stabilizes.

OxyContin

A combination of Oxycodone, Oxycontin is a powerful pain reliever that is very addictive. This drug can result in serious withdrawal, may cause overdose and is deadly when abused.

The generic medication used to treat severe pain, Oxycodone is an opiate that is both habit-forming and highly dangerous. When abused, Oxycodone can cause increased tolerance, physical dependence, withdrawal and an increased risk of overdose.

PCP

An illicit street drug, PCP is a hallucinogenic that is unpredictable in nature. Smoking, snorting or injecting the drug can produce very powerful effects.

Palladone

The brand name for the drug hydromorphone, Palladone is the powerful pain reliever that is sometimes prescribed in place of dilaudid.

Panacet

A pain relieving medication, panacet is a mixture of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. It is available in an easy to swallow pill but can be habit-forming when repeatedly used.

Pentobarbital

This medication is prescribed in the short-term treatment of insomnia but may also be given as an early sedative to patients who will undergo surgical procedure.

An opiate analgesic, Percocet is a combination of Oxycodone and acetaminophen. This drug is habit-forming and widely abused by users.

Percodan

Percodan combines the non-narcotic pain reliever aspirin with the narcotic opioid Oxycodone. Taken repeatedly or when abused, Percodan is habit-forming.

Peyote

The cactus which produces Mescaline, Peyote is orally consumed to produce hallucinogenic effects which are unpredictable and potentially dangerous to the user.

Phenobarbital

Otherwise known a Luminal, this barbiturate is used to treat seizures but can also be prescribed to patients suffering from acute benzodiazepine withdrawal.

Quaalude

Used to treat insomnia and to promote muscle relaxation, Quaaludes are no longer found in the United States.

ReVia

An opiate antagonist, ReVia is prescribed to patients who are attempting to quit drinking or using opiates. It is commonly combined with counseling and therapy for the greatest effects.

Ritalin

The brand name for the drug methylphenidate, Ritalin is used to treat ADHD as well as narcolepsy. It can be habit-forming when consumed.

Rohypnol

Otherwise known as a date rape drug, Rohypnol is used to treat patients for insomnia, muscle tension and anxiety prior to surgery.

Roxanol

Morphine that is administered rectally, Roxanol is a powerful pain reliever that is available in a suppository form. It is a habit-forming medication when used repeatedly.

Roxicodone

A combination of Oxycodone and acetaminophen, Roxicodone is derived from the opium poppy. This drug is habit forming and dangerous when abused.

Ryzolt

Tramadol is the generic name for this drug. Ryzolt is a non-narcotic pain reliever that, although an opiate agonist, can be habit-forming when abused.

Secobarbital

This barbiturate slows the activity taking place within the brain. It is used as a sedative prior to surgical procedures but may also be used in the treatment of insomnia.

Seconal

A prescription barbiturate that is used to control insomnia and seizures, Seconal can also be prescribed to treat moderate anxiety. It may be habit-forming when used for a prolonged period of time.

Soma

A muscle relaxer, Soma is the brand name for the drug carisoprodol. It is used to treat back pain but can cause serious physical dependence when abused.

Speed

The street name for the drug methamphetamine, Speed is a powerful stimulant that is habit-forming and potentially toxic to the user.

Steroids

A medication that stimulates cell production or appetite to help boost immunities, Steroids stimulate functions of the body but can be both habit-forming and dangerous when abused or misused.

Stilnox

Zolpidem is the generic name for Stilnox, a drug that is prescribed to patients who suffer from various types of brain disorder as well as insomnia. It is a muscle relaxer and anticonvulsant medication.

Sublimaze

An analgesic medication that promotes pain relief and relaxation, this medication is only used in a surgical setting by trained professionals.

A narcotic analgesic that combines buprenorphine and Naloxone, Suboxone helps patients who are in acute withdrawal from opiates to stabilize and remain abstinent.

A combination of buprenorphine, Subutex is prescribed to opiate addicts to help curb cravings and reduce symptoms of withdrawal.

Symtan

Prescribed to patients who suffer from chronic or painful cough associated with the flu or common cold, Symtan is a decongestant paired with a narcotic cough suppressant.

Temesta

Also known as lorazepam, this benzodiazepine treats anxiety and seizure disorders as well as cases of insomnia. It can be habit-forming when abused.

An opiate agonist that is used to treat pain, Tramadol is often prescribed to patients who cannot take opiate analgesic medications due to previous physical dependence or other such complications.

Tramal

Used to manage severe pain, Tramal is a relatively safe medication with a very low risk for abuse or misuse.

Triazolam

Effective in the treatment of anxiety and insomnia, Triazolam helps the user to fall asleep more quickly and to remain asleep. It is a benzodiazepine which carries a moderate potential for abuse or misuse.

Triazolam

A benzodiazepine medication used to treat insomnia, Tiazolam is relatively safe but may cause physical dependence when misused.

Tussionex

A brand name for the combination of active ingredients hydrocodone and chlorpheniramine, Tussionex is prescribed to treat cough associated with the common cold or flu.

Tylox

Combined active ingredients oxycodone and acetaminophen make Tylox a powerful pain reliever with a moderate potential for abuse or misuse.

Ultram

The generic name for Tramadol, Ultram is a non-narcotic pain reliever that has a very low potential for misuse. It is used to treat severe pain.

A benzodiazepine, Valium is used to treat muscle spasms and anxiety disorders. It is habit-forming when taken for a prolonged period of time and should not be misused.

A pain reliever that combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen, Vicodin is a narcotic that can be habit-forming when misused. This drug impairs cognitive ability and may lead to accident or injury if abused.

Vicoprofen

Hydrocodone combined with ibuprofen makes this powerful narcotic pain reliever. It is often prescribed for short-term treatment of moderate pain.

Vivitrol

A medication used to reduce the cravings associated with drug or alcohol withdrawal, this medication is an injectible form of Naltrexone. It is commonly used in conjunction with counseling and therapy.

A benzodiazepine that is used to treat generalized anxiety disorder and panic attacks, Xanax is the brand name for the drug alprazolam. When abused, Xanax can lead to physical dependence, addiction and withdrawal.

Xodol

A hydrocodone and acetaminophen mixture, Xodol is a narcotic analgesic that relieves pain. It can be habit forming when abused or misused and should only be taken with a prescription.

Zolpidem

A medication that is used to control insomnia, Zolpidem is available in an oral pill or spray form. It causes drowsiness and promotes sound sleep in those who otherwise have difficulty staying asleep at night.

Zydone

A pain reliever that combines the active ingredients hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen, Zydone is used to treat moderate to severe pain in patients who suffer from various types of injury or illness.

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