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    I take a slew of pills for 3 different problems. Have been taking pills in increasing numbers since I was medically retired from the Corps in 1995.

    It seems it finally happened. One of my pills has caused an addiction. I am not one hundred percent sure which though I have a good idea. I forgot to take my pills yesterday ( happens occasionally) and by late evening I was in serious distress and not from one of my conditions. Finally around 1 AM I took the pills, meaning now I can not take them this morning LOL, and the problems I was having went away.

    Irritating to say the least. I do not like being absolutely dependent on medication. I need it, but at least it is my choice to take it.
     
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    Hope everything works out, dude. I hate the idea of having to take a pill cocktail someday. Commericals for perscription drugs bug the hell ou tof me. Sometimes I really do feel that if life were A Scanner Darkly then our pharmie companies would be Phillip dicks New Path clinics.
     
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    Your retired, its normal to take a variety of drugs as you get older.

    I think like 70% of all retired folk are un-intentionally addicted to some form of drug. Ofcourse since you are now dependent on it, you will start to build tolerence to it, meaning you will have to take more and more to feel the same effects of taking one for the first time. You said it yourself that the dosage has increased since 95, how much may I ask? Percentage wise. You dont want the higher tolerence of stronger drugs to lead to an accidental overdose or even worse, an addiction to the strongest drugs which come from the street and eventually kill you.

    If you really dont want to be addicted, you can slow your dosage to 3 pills a day, then every other day, then once a week and eventually nothing at all. Its all mental, anyone can break an addiction in a few months if they really wanted to. Drink alot of water, get your heart pumping and stay active. What you put into your body, shows on the outside and will eventually effect your mentality or behavior on a daily basis.
     
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    Please don't disseminate dangerous information. Addiction is NOT--repeat NOT all mental. Dependence on a chemical to maintain a healthy body and mind is a fact of life for many even IF they would like to mentally deny it.
     
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    My advice:

    Get the names of your drugs and research them. This government web site might help:

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html

    If you identify a drug that you suspect to be addictive for you, consult your doctor or pharmacy for a suitable replacement drug that will not create an adverse reaction with the other drugs that you are taking. Good luck.
     
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    I read the literature that comes with my meds, only 2 of the pills are potentially habit forming and so that narrows it way down. Both are for my stomach problems. I see the doctor on the 19th we will talk then.
     
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    People with seizure disorders take medication. It prevents them from having seizures. If they don't take it they are very likely to have another seizure. Do you think they are addicts?
     
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    No. I don’t think that a person taking anti-seizure medication is an addict. The person actually needs to drug to keep from having seizures. People take chemotherapy to fight cancer. Those people are not addicted to chemotherapy.
     
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    Any medication that is habit forming and that you get hooked on, no matter the reason is an addiction. It may be a necassaty and you may have to keep taking it but it still is an addiction.
     
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    When you say "habit forming", what exactly do you mean?
     

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