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)
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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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- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)—Controlled Substances - Alphabetical order
- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)—Drug Scheduling