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Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are drugs you can buy without a prescription. They’re used to treat a range of health issues, including nasal allergies, colds and flus, ear infections, aches, pains, and itching. OTC medications are sold at pharmacies, grocery stores, and even convenience stores.
The active ingredients in some OTC medications can produce euphoric or hallucinogenic effects when taken in large enough quantities. Because of this, abuse of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines is a major problem, especially among teens and young adults. Here are some of the most abused OTC drugs:
Abusing over-the-counter medications can lead to addiction (compulsive use) or dependence (tolerance). Signs of OTC drug abuse can include:
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction to over-the-counter medications, it’s important to get help. Just because OTC medications are sold without a prescription doesn’t make them safe. These drugs still come with risks, especially when misused or used in combination with other substances.
Many clients struggling with addiction to over-the-counter medications prefer our intensive outpatient program. Outpatient treatment is ideal for people with less severe addictions who need to keep working, going to school, or meeting family obligations. We strive to meet you wherever you are on your journey.
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