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Yes, addiction can be caused by prescription medication when they are misused, abused, or taken in a manner other than as prescribed. Prescription medications such as opioids, stimulants, sedatives, and benzodiazepines have the potential to cause addiction, leading to changes in brain chemistry, physical dependence, tolerance, and compulsive drug use despite negative consequences. Factors such as genetics, environment, individual vulnerabilities, and a history of substance abuse or mental health disorders can increase the risk of addiction from prescription medication use. It’s important to use prescription medications exactly as prescribed by a qualified healthcare professional and seek help from addiction specialists if addiction is suspected.
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