ZocdocAnswersHow to help someone addicted to prescription pills

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How to help someone addicted to prescription pills

My boyfriends mother is on pain meds that were prescribed by a doctor for legit reasons. The problem is that she takes her 30 day supply in the first 2 weeks and ends up passing out at random times. he has contacted her doctor and he said he can't just take someones word for it. Is there anyways to help, it's really causing problems. She passed out while filling up a bucket and the apartment flooded and the apartment below them flooded. she also falls asleep while smoking and has dropped her lit cigarette multiple times.

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That is an excellent question and one that is best answered by her primary care doctor or other medical provider. In general, if she has only been taking these medications for 2 weeks then it is not technically considered an addiction. On the other hand, she is certainly using these medications in an unsafe manner and for that reason should either speak with her doctor about the appropriate pain medication regimen that she should be on or they may decide to change her medication dosing or prescriptions to medications that do not cause these types of symptoms as she seems to become very drowsy when on these medications. You may consider having your boyfriend have a honest and frank discussion with his mother regarding the concerns that you are both having with regards to the unsafe behaviors she has shown while on these medications, and urge her to see the doctor prescribing these medications so that these can be adjusted or discontinued as she seems to be having some untoward side effects associated with the medications or she is not taking them in the correct manner and is getting overnarcotized. It is for her health and safety that she see some in an urgent manner.

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