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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Drug Problems (Overview)

Occur when use of either illicit, prescription or over - the - counter medications negatively impacts a person's functioning.


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Will I need to stop taking my prostate medication before surgery for my cataracts? I'll need cataract surgery in the coming year. I take flomax (tamsulosin) for an enlarged prostate. Does this or any other drug cause a problem with cataract treatment? .

Will I need to stop taking my prostate medication before surgery for my cataracts? I'll need cataract surgery in the coming year. I take flomax (tamsulosin) for an enlarged prostate. Does this or any other drug cause a problem with cataract treatment? .

I: I agree---going off the medicine does not good. Just let your doctor know that you are on it and he can take the necessary operative precaustions during the surgery. Don't let this stop you from having the surgery that will improve your vision. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Kurzweil
167 Doctors shared insights

Drug Problems (Overview)

Occur when use of either illicit, prescription or over - the - counter medications negatively impacts a person's functioning.


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When should I tell my bf about my drug problems?

When should I tell my bf about my drug problems?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous and ask for the experience of others who have been there. ...Read more

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Are they any good online therapy for teens dealing with depression/drug problems?

Are they any good online therapy for teens dealing with depression/drug problems?

Online Therapies: Please stay away from these! psychotherapy is a function of the relationship between doctor and patient, and you can't have that on line. ...Read more

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Hello, my problem is that after taking the painkiller tramadol for several month I got addicted to it and I wanna get rid of it again. The drug was re?

Hello, my problem is that after taking the painkiller tramadol for several month I got addicted to it and I wanna get rid of it again. The drug was re?

Tramadol: This is a very common problem with tramadol. I don't know why it's not regulated as it has a narcotic. It hits the same opiate receptors that opiates do. Your question trails off I don't know what your question is actually. Some substitute or opiate blocker such as Suboxone is an alternative. ...Read more

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What is the best way to help my husband get help for his mental/emotion/drug problems?

Mutual Support Helps: You might consider attending a meeting of al-anon or codependents anonymous, twelve step programs for the families and friends of alcoholics or addicts. ...Read more

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Friend with drug problems? How can I help her?

Mutual support helps: Your friend might consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous. If the meeting is an open meeting, you might go with her. You mights also consider attending a meeting of nar-anon, for the families and friends of those with drug problems. ...Read more

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When should I tell my bf about my drug problems?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous and ask for the experience of others who have been there. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Drug problems?

Drug Problems: Occur when use of either illicit, prescription or over - the - counter medications negatively impacts a person's functioning. ...Read more

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What is the best way to help my husband get help for his mental/emotion/drug problems?

Mutual Support Helps: You might consider attending a meeting of al-anon or codependents anonymous, twelve step programs for the families and friends of alcoholics or addicts. ...Read more

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Do ambulance drivers develop drug problems?

Ambulance driver: Is a vey old term these days. An ambulance crew is made up of emts and paramedics. Paramedics do carry and use pain medicines and for than reason are higher risk. Just like nurses and doctors. They have access to medications that others do not. This is why we monitor nd test higher risk professions. ...Read more

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Are they any good online therapy for teens dealing with depression/drug problems?

Online Therapies: Please stay away from these! psychotherapy is a function of the relationship between doctor and patient, and you can't have that on line. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: illegal drug abuse?

What is the definition or description of: illegal drug abuse?

Illegal drug use: Any use of drugs both prohibited by law, eg marijuana or illegally obtained such as opiates. Many meds require prescriptions but only a few are addicting, I would use illegal drug abuse to refer to meds obtained illegally and used to excess against prescribed indications. ...Read more

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Could illegal drug abuse lead to killer diseases in the long run?

Yes for sure: There are many papers about the damaging effects of illegal drug use.

Death from overdose is not infrequent, but true brain damage and liver damage and other organ damage is prevalent. ...Read more

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Can illegal drug abuse lead to killer diseases in the long run? Will the government pay for care?

Can illegal drug abuse lead to killer diseases in the long run? Will the government pay for care?

Yes/Yes: Iv drug abuse and needle sharing leads to acquiring hiv. Yes your care is paid for.

That said, don't do it. ...Read more

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I am experiencing strange smell or taste. The following also describe me: Confusion and Illegal drug abuse. What should I do? I smell like fecies

I am experiencing strange smell or taste. The following also describe me: Confusion and Illegal drug abuse. What should I do? I smell like fecies

Confusion & smells: Taste & smell problems along w/confusion indicate a need to see your doctor right now. There MAY be neurological damage from the drug abuse. Your doc will tell you and help you. He/she may refer you to a neurologist. Please get help. Lots of reasons to hope. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Not clear: The term alcoholism was originally coined in 1849 by magnus huss. Untill the 1940s it referred primarily to the physical consequences of long-term heavy drinking.

I am not sure about the term substance abuse. ...Read more

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What is the solution to the drug problem?

What is the solution to the drug problem?

Which drug: And which problem. Are you referring to side effects, illicit drugs, diversion of prescription meds, domination and greed within the pharmaceutical industry, or the social issues of distribution and smuggling to US market????
As dr Ali answered EDUCATION for any of these, but only part of answer. I commend you for asking such a controversial? In this forum. Hope it will open the can of worms!!! ...Read more

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My gf is crying over my drug problem again. How do I stop this habit!?

My gf is crying over my drug problem again. How do I stop this habit!?

Treatment programs: Most people with long-standing drug problems (depends somewhat on the drug, which you don't list) cannot handle it all by themselves. There are many chemical dependency programs - you can google that name and your location and can find programs near you. Medical detoxification, psychiatric evaluation, medication for underlying problems, counseling, all may help you get back to a normal life. ...Read more

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What do I do if my sister have a drug problem?

What do I do if my sister have a drug problem?

Your sister has to: Recognize that she has a problem and she has to want to do something about it. Families often feel helpless, hopeless, angry, ashamed and guilty, in various combinations. Concerned family members can present their worries to her, trying to help her see the problem, but this often results in denial and anger on her part. Attend Alanon meetings for your own sake, not hers, it may help with enabling. ...Read more

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Can someone have a drug problem even if it a popular drug?

Drug problem: Simple answer is that many drugs, regardless of popularity or reason for use can cause problems. Depends also on what you mean by problem - side effect? Addiction? ...Read more

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How do you make someone you love see they have a drug problem?

How do you make someone you love see they have a drug problem?

Interveition: There is no simple answer. Contact a treatment facility. They will know someone who can help you intervene. ...Read more

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How come demand reduction an elemental part of eliminating the drug problem?

How come demand reduction an elemental part of eliminating the drug problem?

Drugs: I am not sure what you are saying. The facts are that the U.S. Consumes about 50% of illegal drugs in the world. In my view it is our society that is the problem. We are the cancer on mexico etc not the reverse. If we did not want it there is no problem, end of story. These are deep and diffiuclt issues to solve. A "war" on any of them just seems to mke things worse. ...Read more

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Please answer! What questions should ask some one you believe has a drug problem?

Express Concern: First, there is little you can do that is effective unless the communications are about what you see and what you feel. Expressing concern and being nonjudgmental is a good start. Having everyone in the family or social circle saying the same message is vital. If the addict, who is sick with the disease of addiction, chooses to ignore then one cannot control or change that decision. Al-anon! ...Read more

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Can a woman become pregnant even with a heavy drug problem?

Possibly: You may become pregnant but the problem is the risk you pose to yourself and more importantly the risk you would place on your unborn child. Get clean and stay clean before considering getting pregnant! ...Read more

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What are some ways to help someone who had a very bad prescription drug problem?

What are some ways to help someone who had a very bad prescription drug problem?

Detachment: Need to have consistent boundaries and support without condoning their behavior. ...Read more

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I was wondering if a person who has been on ritalin (methylphenidate) there whole life almost can get suboxone if the drug problem they have is with pain pills?

I was wondering if a person who has been on ritalin (methylphenidate) there whole life almost can get suboxone if the drug problem they have is with pain pills?

Yes: In general terms yes. Ritalin (methylphenidate) does not automatically disqualify the use of suboxone for pain pills addiction.

Suboxone for addiction needs to be provided by select doctors certified for this treatment in the US. ...Read more

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Is inhaling phencyclidine still a common drug problem?

Is inhaling phencyclidine still a common drug problem?

Decreasing: Use has been steadily decreasing. 48, 000 new initiates in 2011, down from 120, 000+ in 2002. Of those who use the majority smoke (88%). ...Read more

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I was just prescribed celebrax for sciatic nerve pain and I'm allergic to sulfa drugs. Problem?

I was just prescribed celebrax for sciatic nerve pain and I'm allergic to sulfa drugs. Problem?

Yes Big Problem: Celebrex (celecoxib) and your allergy. Given that your pain is not improved with conservative care, I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level the problem is at and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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I might've quit nicotine, but I have a drug problem. I do hydrocodone and I smoke potpourri making the inside of my mouth sore. Non prescribed?

I might've quit nicotine, but I have a drug problem. I do hydrocodone and I smoke potpourri making the inside of my mouth sore. Non prescribed?

Get help: I agree with dr. Nawaz. If you are abusing hydrocodone and other chemicals - you have a problem. Consider attending narcotics anonymous. Talk with your physician about a consultation with an addiction specialist. ...Read more

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•best tips 2 get pregnant asap. Baby to b born 2014? Food/drugs/exercise problems

•best tips 2 get pregnant asap. Baby to b born 2014? Food/drugs/exercise problems

Overall health: The average woman takes 6 months to conceive- you might succeed with the first try but it may take some time. It helps if your partner has a good sperm count/healthy sperm ; doesn't ejaculate for several days before the times near ovulation when you try. You're most fertile 2 days before ovulation ; day you ovulate.Healthy diet, exercise, reduce stress, avoid gmo's, take prenatal vit ; see comment:. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about drug addiction problem?

Too broad a question: Especially in 400 characters. Please ask your question again in terms of what YOUR concerns are. You could be asking about drugs and society, the increase in prescription drug abuse, the use of synthetic marijuana (spice/k2) and stimulants (bath salts), the increase in heroin, or about alcohol and tobacco, which are our two most harmful drugs. If you asking about yourself, be specific. ...Read more

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Do allergy drugs cause problems to testicles?

Do allergy drugs cause problems to testicles?

Unclear question: Are you asking if drug allergies cause problems with the testicles? Generally not. If one has an allergic reaction of the skin of the scrotum and or penis, certainly high potency corticosteroids can have an effect on the testicles and are best avoided. Please check with your physician. ...Read more

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What type of psychology do I need to study in college if I want to specialize in drug addiction problems?

SAP: Substance abuse professional is a course offered by department of transportation by various companies - here is a list which you can call get info from - http://www. Dot. Gov/odapc/testingpubs/sapexamsources_200602_alpha. Pdf. ...Read more

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Taking crestor instead of Lipitor (atorvastatin) for 2 mo., but now exper. Severe body aches, is this a side effect? Reading more and more about this drug causing problems! Should I go back to lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Taking crestor instead of Lipitor (atorvastatin) for 2 mo., but now exper. Severe body aches, is this a side effect? Reading more and more about this drug causing problems! Should I go back to lipitor (atorvastatin)?

Side-effects similar: But some people react differently to each statin was your switch for Lipitor (atorvastatin) 40 to Crestor 40, or 20mg. Or were you at the highest dose of Lipitor (atorvastatin) (80mg)? If so, only cestror 40 is more potent. Lipitor (atorvastatin) has gone generic and may have a price advantage. Discusss with your prescribing doctor. A CPK is warranted. ...Read more

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Do you have any family members with drug and alcohol problems?

Do you have any family members with drug and alcohol problems?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of al-anon for the families and friends of those with problem drinking. ...Read more

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Can having a drug and alcohol problem be hereditary?

Can having a drug and alcohol problem be hereditary?

One could.: Some part of it could be hereditary and more so also societal in the sense if parents, siblings and friends have the similar problems, it is more likely to happen to you. ...Read more

Illegal Drug Abuse (Definition)

Any use of drugs both prohibited by law, eg marijuana or illegally obtained such as opiates. Many meds require prescriptions but only a few are addicting, I would use illegal drug abuse to refer to meds obtained illegally and used to ...Read more