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Do You Share Prescription Drugs?

If you pass the occasional pill to your friends, you are not alone. According to a recent study published in The Journal of Women’s Health, sharing prescription drugs is common among young adults, especially 18- to 44-year-old women. The recent survey of 25,000 people found that more than one-third of the women polled shared prescription drugs with friends or took pills from their pals. The drugs included everything from allergy meds to pain pills. I'm definitely guilty of offering the occasional Allegra to friends who also take the drug, but how about you?


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gemsera gemsera 8 years
seriously prescription meds? not a chance. I keep paracetomol (sp?), asprin and ibuprofen in my purse, and sometimes will give one of the engineers at work one for a headache, but thats as far as it goes! Whats Allegra?
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
If the person is in need, I ask them what scrips they're on. I ten try to find an OTC option. After that, assuming no alternative, I go to my copy of the Physician's Desk Reference, and I check the maker's website for interactions. Then, MAYBE, I'll give them a dose. I'm super careful though, because the only scrips I have are specifically for me, and they're not minor meds. That said, when I had Zyrtec and Mom ran out, I'd give her one. We were on the exact same dose. However, she's asked for my Ambien before, and I've said no.
klreynol klreynol 8 years
If the person is family or a close friend - and ONLY if they've taken it before - I'll share if they're in need. Not pain killers and stuff, but if my boyfriend forgets to refill his Zyrtec, I'll share!
ffemt1201 ffemt1201 8 years
it's technically illegal, no?
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 8 years
Yes, I know it's terrible, but my mom gives me some of her stuff when she feels it will help me, i.e. pain meds. I won't take her sleeping pills, which she's offered frequently, because I don't know how it would interact with my own prescriptions.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i had them only once in my life.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Painkillers, yes... not a problem. They are available over the counter. I would never share antibtiotics though, ever!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
No, never. That's one thing that really freaks me out.
rickimc rickimc 8 years
My fiance and I have the same rescue inhaler, and since I carry mine and he doesn't, he's had to use mine before. I wouldn't do this with any other medicine, though.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I always finish all of mine myself.
graduatedsqueaks graduatedsqueaks 8 years
My sister and I take the same medicine, same dosage, etc. She's forgotten to get her refill before the pharmacy closes, so I've given her a few of mine to tide her over until the pharmacy opens again. Other than that, I wouldn't do it. I'm not a doctor, so I shouldnt be handing out prescriptions to people. I tend to carry ibuprofen in my purse, so I'll give that to someone, but only if they ask if I've got any.
myystque myystque 8 years
My mom shared her painkiller with me. I guess I might share depending on the drug and the person, but it's not even an issue since I have no prescriptions anyone would want.
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
I used to share my Zyrtec with my boyfriend but I don't feel bad since it's not even prescription anymore. I also share my prescription pimple cream with him but I don't feel bad about that either.
chippyshero2066 chippyshero2066 8 years
I have had prescription drugs passed to me, but nothing serious. After that I politely refused any offers. Sharing among family is okay, but sharing among friends should be cautioned. Our body chemistry can be different from a friend's.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
No, never have never will.
Deadly-Lemur Deadly-Lemur 8 years
I think painkillers & some mood altering drugs are the most common things people share. I doubt anyone is passing around the birth control or blood pressure medicine though... I don't have prescriptions for anything (besides Yasmin which I wouldn't share, obviously), but if I did and someone needed it I'd probably offer. Even when I do offer someone something like Aleve for a headache they usually say no anyways. My mom has given me painkillers plenty of times, and she gave my husband some Xanax for his first plane trip because he was fairly anxious about it. I don't think sharing among family is bad, especially when the substance isn't something really hardcore like morphine.
kia kia 8 years
I will if it is a pain killer for an extreme situation. However I won't with most anything else. Especially ANTIBIOTICS!! There is way too much antibiotic abuse in my humble opinion.
PharmacistMike PharmacistMike 8 years
Every year we get reports of the number of prescription drug induced deaths. However, people still seem to think that are without dangers and feel free to share them with friends despite neithers true knowledge about the medication. When will we learn?
psterling psterling 8 years
Yeah, I do. But not in a, "oh, you're feeling ___? I've got just the thing for that!" sort of way. My husband and I shared Malaria medication on our honeymoon, for example, because I got to the pharmacy after it closed, etc.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
My best friend had a toothache last night, so I gave her 3 left over Tylenol w/codeine from when my husband had his last toothache. Her dentist appointment is Thursday to get the tooth pulled. I don't feel bad at all. Her husband called me last night to see if I had anything to help her out w/their toddler just'a screaming in the background... So I sent those tablets over (told him to tell her just take 1/2 at first..) with a tube of Orajel and offered to watch the baby. I'd hope she'd do the same for me. She text me around 10PM to thank me and said she owed me. I told her no she didn't. Now, I won't go giving my medicine out to a crack-head on the street.. but for family and friends-like-family - totally. My mother and I shared meds too ..we just don't abuse the idea.
jessie jessie 8 years
yea..i mom used to take the same sleeping pill i used to take at one time. i only took them once in a while,while she took one almost nightly, mine were covered by insurance, she didn't have insurance. so i would give her some of mine.
greatscott200 greatscott200 8 years
If drugs weren't so damn expensive, people wouldn't have to do this. If I have pills left and I paid out the rear for them, but don't need them anymore, of course I would put them to good use and share. It's too easy to get drugs from the doctor too.
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
It amazes me how common this is, even among my classmates in nursing school, who should know better!
Berlin Berlin 8 years
Haven't we all? Like when your friend's down to do a line and need a chaser, you oblige by offering up say a vicodin or darvacet to help the come-down:) It's just the right thing to do haha.
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