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How Prescription Drugs Affect a Woman’s Brain

While prescription medications can be life-saving, they can also significantly affect the brain. Women are more likely than men to be prescribed medications for conditions like anxiety and depression, which can lead to problems with addiction. And medications like prescription pain relievers can profoundly impact the brain, causing changes in mood and behavior. It’s important…

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How Prescription Drug Addiction Starts

When a doctor prescribes medication that has “addictive” properties like opioids or benzodiazepines, it is usually for a specific condition and then used for a short period of time. When these drugs are taken as prescribed, the medication alone does not cause addiction. A substance use disorder, or addiction, starts when a psychological dependence is…