Does your morning routine include popping a prescription med? If so, you’ve got company. The Jama Network reported that nearly 60% of U.S. adults were on an Rx med in 2012. The Network also found 15% of adults took over five prescription drugs. This is especially true for adults over 50, AARP notes.
The most common Rx meds treat high cholesterol, depression, and high blood pressure. If you take one of these prescriptions, you expect them to be helpful, not harmful. Unfortunately, that’s not always true. Watch out for these 19 dangerous Rx meds that can seriously hurt your body.
Used for: anxiety and panic disorders
Klonopin has made some unfavorable headlines because it’s often abused. Like Xanax, it can be addictive, so it’s possible to develop cravings and experience withdrawal symptoms if not taken as prescribed. Overuse aside, Drugs.com says it’s still possible to experience lack of muscle control, memory problems, trouble speaking, or a general “ill” feeling. It’s rare, but it’s also possible to have severe mental changes, such as feeling like you’re having an out-of-body experience.
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