Complete List Of Schedule V Drugs

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D on April 19, 2021

Schedule V drugs are drugs that are determined to have the lowest potential for misuse of all controlled substances in the United States. They are rarely misused and are believed to have little to no addictive potential, depending on the type of drug.

Medically Reviewed by
Johnelle Smith, M.D on April 19, 2021
List Of Schedule V Drugs

Certain prescription drugs are classified as Schedule V controlled substances by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Schedule V drugs have the following characteristics:

  • low potential for misuse
  • limited potential for physical or psychological dependence
  • have accepted medical use in the United States

All controlled substances in the United States are classified into five schedules. Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential for misuse and addiction compared to those in other schedules.

List Of Schedule V Drugs

According to the DEA, Schedule V drugs are generally used for treating diarrhea, cold, cough, seizures, or mild to moderate pain (e.g. mild narcotics).

Schedule V drugs include:

  • pregabalin (Lyrica)
  • narcotics with small amounts of opioids/opiates (e.g Robitussin AC)
  • pyrovalerone
  • brivaracetam
  • lacosamide
  • motofen
  • lomotil
  • parepectolin
  • ezogabine

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Schedule V drugs include a number of prescription medications, including prescription cough syrups that contain narcotics like codeine, a natural opiate.

Are Schedule V Drugs Legal?

Schedule V drugs may be legally prescribed or administered by a qualified health professional for specific medical purposes.

Buying, selling, or giving prescription drugs to those without a prescription is considered illegal and may be subject to criminal penalties.

Are Schedule V Drugs Safe?

Schedule V drugs are considered low-risk for drug misuse, dependence, and addiction. When taken in ways other than prescribed, they may have potentially harmful side effects.

Schedule V drugs are considered the safest of all controlled substances in the United States, although they are not classified according to a specified standard of safety.

Getting Help For Drug Abuse

While generally uncommon, some Schedule V drugs can be misused for their effects or as a result of drug dependence. If this describes you or a loved one, you’re not alone.

Call our helpline today to learn more about treatment options for drug misuse and to find a treatment program that’s right for you.

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