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Even healthy mothers may use several medications during the course of a pregnancy. Over-the-Counter Drugs In the United States, we divide medicine into two categories: prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs. In general, over-the-counter drugs can be bought anywhere by anyone. They are usually common drugs that everyone knows Page 15 about. Aspirin, cough medicine, and most of the antihistamines used for allergies and colds are good examples. Over-the-counter medicines include drugs that you swallow, such as aspirin.

These drugs are of vital importance to many people. They make surgery possible. They help people to overcome difficult physical and mental problems. But they also can be very dangerous, especially when they are abused. And some can be very tempting. Bill's combination drug is a very common Page 23 All prescription medications should only be used according to your doctor's instructions. prescription. It can be very effective against pain and often is prescribed following surgery. Its potential to cause addiction or generate unpleasant side effects is actually very low, especially compared to other drugs in the opiate/opioid family, which includes codeine.

Substance abuse-Physiological aspects-Juvenile literature. [1.  Series. 29'9-dc21 99-048023 CIP AC Manufactured in the United States of America Page 5 Contents Introduction 6 Chapter 1 Mother's Little Helper 10 Chapter 2 What's an Rx, Anyway? 14 Chapter 3 Commonly Abused Drugs 21 Chapter 4 Steroids 35 Chapter 5 Abusing Prescription Drugs 41 Chapter 6 Reactions and Interactions 46 Chapter 7 How Do You Tell Someone. . 51 Glossary 57 Where to Go for Help 59 For Further Reading 61 Index 62 Page 6 Introduction Jen rubbed her face and glanced toward the front of the classroom.

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