RX Information Resources

The More You Know

Drug classifications are used to describe the category of various medications. The more you know about them can help you purchase safe and verified prescriptions. Use our resources below to better educate yourself on how your prescription medications might affect you. 


Prescription stimulants are medicines generally used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy—uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep. They increase alertness, attention, and energy.


Depressants are medicines that include sedatives, tranquilizers, and hypnotics. These drugs can slow brain activity, making them useful for treating anxiety, panic, acute stress reactions, and sleep disorders.


Opioids are a class of drugs naturally found in the opium poppy plant. Opioids are often used as medicines because they contain chemicals that relax the body and can relieve pain.


Anabolic steroids are synthetic, or human-made, variations of the male sex hormone testosterone. Steroids can be prescribed to treat hormonal issues, such as delayed puberty, or to treat diseases that cause muscle loss, such as cancer and AIDS.

The information listed above has been obtained from drugabuse.gov