When you do not feel well, one of your first instincts is to make an appointment with your doctor and to take a pill. Right medications can help us get back on the road to recovery and feel better. On the other hand, when misused, certain drugs can cause life-threatening complications.
Here are signs that there may be an overdose of the following ten medicines:
Adderall is a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It belongs to a class of medications called stimulants and can help people with ADHD stay focused on activities and pay attention for a more extended period. Adderall may also help improve behavior problems and listening skills. Some signs of an overdose of Adderall are tachycardia (abnormally rapid heart rate), tremors, confusion, restlessness, hallucinations, and anxiety.
Approximately 1 in 12 people (about 25 million) have asthma in the United States. If you are one of them, you probably have used a rescue inhaler, such as albuterol. The medicine helps to relax the muscles of the airways to increase the airflow to the lungs to make breathing easier. Albuterol can be a lifesaver during an asthma attack. However, using it too much can be harmful and even cause death. Some signs of an overdose include dry mouth, chest pain, tremors, fast heartbeat, and seizures.
If you have an infection, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to help you recover. Depending on the type of disease, you may receive a prescription for Azithromycin (also known as Zithromax), a medicine that helps fight bacterial infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Some signs of an overdose of Azithromycin include upset stomach, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.
High cholesterol is one of the most significant risk factors for heart disease. Although it can be inherited, it can also be from the diet high in saturated fats. If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, your doctor may prescribe a cholesterol-lowering drug, such as Lipitor (also known as atorvastatin). Not much is known about the signs of an overdose of Lipitor. However, Drugs.com points out the following side effects: back or side pain, pain or difficulty urinating, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle spasms, and nausea.
According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance about 14.8 million American adults (6.7% of the population) suffer from major depressive disorders, If you experience ongoing depression, your psychiatrist might recommend an antidepressant Prozac. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Symptoms of a Prozac overdose include tachycardia, tremors, nausea, drowsiness, and vomiting.