If you suspect you’re becoming dependent to something your doctor prescribes, now is the time to discuss it. I’ve spoken with many patients who regret not airing their concerns to a doctor earlier. You don’t want to be that patient – someone who blames a doctor for prescribing medication their symptoms suggested. It’s crazy to think that people blame a doctor for prescribing opiates after complaining about pain, but they do. No doctor can force pills down your mouth without a court order. If you’re reading this article, there’s an excellent chance you don’t fall into that category. But how can you tell if you’re becoming addicted?
Tolerance: Are you taking more than you originally had to achieve the same effect?
Refills: Are you finding yourself in need of refills before it is time to refill?
Taking pills not as needed: Are you taking medications when you need them or when you feel like it?
Trouble stopping: Do you get sick or present withdrawal symptoms when you miss a dose or do not take one for a few days? Are you taking them to ‘stay well,’ knowing that if you do stop, you’ll likely feel off.