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How can I prevent becoming addicted to my prescription drug?

The following steps can help you and your healthcare provider prevent an addiction to a prescription drug:

  • Ask your healthcare provider to prescribe only quantities appropriate for your condition.
  • Talk about why the medication is being prescribed, how to use it correctly and what side effects you may experience.
  • Talk about addiction and how tolerance to a drug is developed.
  • Follow up with your healthcare provider when the medication is finished.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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