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Survey: Americans share prescriptions

April 30, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A surprising number of Americans share their prescriptions with someone else. In fact, one study shows more than a quarter of people surveyed admit they've taken prescription drugs from a family member or friend.The most common shared drugs are allergy medications, like Claritin or Allegra; and pain killers, like Darvoset.

But people also said they shared antibiotics, and even mood medications like Paxil or Ritalin. Sharing antibiotics could lead to drug resistance, which can make the drug less effective.

While people are just trying to be helpful, experts say sharing drugs is never a good idea.

 

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