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Dr. Elizabeth Howell

Psychiatry
Salt Lake City, UT
42 years experience female

Locations

University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute

Salt Lake City, UT

Address

501 Chipeta Way, Salt Lake City, UT
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 830am - 500pm
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Insurances accepted

Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Utah

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Specialties
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Psychiatry

Addiction Medicine

Doctor Q&A

88 Answers
24 Agrees
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
It's possible: But seeing a neurologist for an exam and special testing could differentiate between the two.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Tough one: I would consult with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to see what could be done to decrease visible scarring. Their recommendations could depend o... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Find: Find your meditation type. Sit, lie down, walk, write--there is no one right way. Just breathe.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Higher risk : For addiction, but otherwise there is little evidence for adverse effects on adult children of mothers who used heroin during pregnancy.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes, if you tolerate: The dose all at once and it is ok with your prescriber.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Not recommended: The best thing is to seek help for alcohol withdrawal, which can be dangerous. Check with your doctor and get her/his recommendations for withdrawal ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Possibly: Nasal septum (the inside part between your nasal passages) can be damaged by snorting cocaine, and can develop perforations. If the damage is severe ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes, dangerously: The combination of Erythromycin and Methadone can increase Methadone levels, risk of fatal overdose, risk of heart rhythm problems and possible death ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Genetics, exposure,: Life experiences (trauma may predispose), etc. Addiction to heroin is a chronic disease that is treatable and can go into remission. Much of the ris... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Sleep disorder?: It could be a sleep disorder or a psychiatric illness. See a psychiatrist first, to help with medications for nightmares and hallucinations. If indi... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Therapy, medication: First start with psychotherapy that focuses on your overthinking. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help with depression and obsessive thinking. Also... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Psychiatrist: If you see a psychiatrist, s/he can prescribe medications if indicated--for example if nightmares are related to depression, mood or anxiety problems.... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes: The mind is very powerful and can generate many emotional and physical feelings--including symptoms of illnesses you don't have. Anxiety is a prime t... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Can be very harmful: "spice" is not a single chemical; it is a term used to refer to several synthetic cannabinoids, or drugs that affect the same receptors as marijuana, ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
A variety of them: Immediate and chronic problems occur with heroin. Physical dependence, tolerance, withdrawal, infectious diseases, kidney problems, risk of overdose ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes, definitely: Not everyone experiences this side effect, but it is possible. Make sure you don't have any dental or medical problems that could be causing this pro... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
NAMA: Or the national ayurvedic medical association in the us has a professional finder on its website at: http://www.Ayurvedanama.Org/ check out any ayur... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Lots of them: Immediate and chronic problems occur with heroin. Physical dependence, tolerance, withdrawal, infectious diseases (hepatitis c, hiv, etc.), kidney pro... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Ask your Dr: Marinol (dronabinol) is a legal prescription in the us for the treatment of nausea/vomiting related to chemotherapy, or for aids-associated appetite l... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Detox & Treatment: First, get help to safely withdraw from heroin. Then get involved in treatment and support groups. Heroin anonymous is a 12 step group for people ad... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Could be both: Meds and/or depression can cause fatigue and sleepiness. Checking a lithium level is a good idea. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Maybe: According to medscape: "modafinil will increase the level or effect of escitalopram by affecting hepatic enzyme cyp2c19 metabolism. Significant - mon... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Possibly: You need to wait long enough (this is the tricky part) after your last dose of oxycontin, before you start suboxone. If you are not in severe enough ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Endorphins: Self-mutilation is often a way to feel better and deal with painful thoughts, feelings, or memories. Self-mutilation likely releases endorphins in th... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes: Time is needed to stabilize the psychosis, make sure treatments are working, and determine whether someone is functioning well enough to go back to wo... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Several: Usually, medications from the categories of antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anticonvulsants, and low dose antipsychotics are used for borderline pe... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Abuse increases risk: Not everyone who has a history of abuse will become addicted. However, a history of child abuse or childhood trauma can increase the risk of later al... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Try NIDA website: http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/mdma-ecstasy has a lot of info and links to info on ecstasy.
A member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes, but....: Anyone doing so must be aware of additive sedation effects.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Detox and treatment: Ambien (zolpidem) addition can be very dangerous. If tapering doesn't work, a formal detox is needed. Ambien (zolpidem) detox is similar to alcohol ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Ancient Indian : System that means "science for life." Ayurveda is used to diagnose and treat imbalances in the body to help the person self-heal. Panchakarma is an ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
For what?: The usual dose of temazepam is 7.5 to 30 mg at bedtime, to treat insomnia short term. So 75 mg is 2.5 times the highest recommended dose. There migh... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Avoid trigger foods: Which may be different for you compared to others. Don't keep trigger foods in the house. Eat food that have a low glycemic index, to stabilize bloo... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Different ways: Alcoholism can kill in many ways. All organs of the body can be affected by alcohol. Liver disease kills many alcoholics, and it caused increased si... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
No: Opioids are not the treatment of choice for fibromyalgia. Plus the combination you were given could increase the risk of accidental overdose and deat... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Depends on drug: It depends on what withdrawal you are talking about. If it's alcohol withdrawal, the most commonly used medications are diazepam, chlordiazepoxide, l... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes but sedating: These drugs are both sedating and could increase each other's sedating effects and possible effects on coordination, ability to drive safely, etc. Bu... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Unknown: After an medication-induced mood disorder, it's uncertain whether you will need medications indefinitely. Make sure to stay on the medications until ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Possibly: Though it would be unusual for such a young child to have an eating disorder, it is possible. Have your child evaluated by a child psychiatrist or ch... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Find a specialist: To help with your addiction, see someone who specializes in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry. The american society of addiction medicine (w... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes: It is possible to have an allergy to one of the components of cannabis.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes: But alcoholic patients may need several episodes of treatment before they attain sobriety. Alcoholism is a complicated disorder that requires a compr... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Several: There are several fda approved medications for addiction. For alcoholism: disulfiram, acamprosate, naltrexone. For nicotine addiction: nicotine re... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Only with drug test: If the urine is tested for drugs, then marijuana will show up. It won't show up in a regular urine analysis, only if a drug test is done on the urine... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Varies: The half-life of Lorazepam (ativan) is 9-16 hours. It is out of your system in 5 half-lives, or 45-80 hours.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Multiple symptoms: (not all are seen in every person) of anxiety, panic, trembling, shaking, muscle twitches/jerks, elevated blood pressure and pulse, dizziness, tinglin... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Various reasons: To test for street drugs that may be affecting health. To determine if someone is abstinent from addicting drugs, including cannabis. Also, many pai... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Therapy, medication: Start with therapy, the sooner the better. Look for a dbt (dialectical behavioral therapy) group; dbt was developed to help people with borderline pe... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Panic, seizures,: Psychosis, dissociation, racing thoughts, racing heartbeat, etc. Sometimes the severe anxiety and psychosis do not go away when the drug/s are stoppe... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 42 years experience
No: If the only ingredient in your injection is a steroid, it should not have any effect on a routine drug test.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Howell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Howell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I take Gabapentin for nerve pain, but it also helps my anxiety. Thanks
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! My wife unfortunately has all 3. You nailed them!
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That seems a good way to look at medication in general, thanks!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical University of South Carolina
Graduated 1980MD

Awards

ASAM Award, 2012
Top Psychiatrist , First Place, Utah - Summer
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), Past President
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), Regional Director
American Psychiatric Association
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