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What is IV drug use, what drugs?

What is IV drug use, what drugs?

Intravenous needle: IV drug use refers to the route used to administer a drug, a syringe attached to a hollow needle that is used to pierce the skin and vein, Once the tip is in the vein the drug is pushed directly into the circulation causing a very rapid onset of effects. 1000's of medicines are given IV. On the street it's mostly heroin & other opiates, methamphetamine and cocaine. Risk is infection and overdose ...Read more

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Iv drug use and concerned about my son using?

Iv drug use and concerned about my son using?

Mutual support helps: If you attempt to control his drug use, you join in his addiction. Consider attending a meeting of nar-anon (or families anonymous) for the families and friends of addicts to learn how to set boundaries with your son that will protect you and provide him with the opportunity to enter his own process of recovery. ...Read more

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What are the tests for history of IV drug use?

What are the tests for history of IV drug use?

See below please: 12 panel drug screen cards this test is the most comprehensive of all the tests. It tests for Cocaine (coc), amphetamines (amp), methamphetamines (mamp), marijuana (thc), Methadone (mtd), speed/ecstasy (mdma), opiates (opi), oxycodone (oxy), ppx, pcp, barbiturates (bar), and benzodiazepines (bzo). ...Read more

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What is the treatment for IV drug use?

Lethal dose: This is an unusual question and I am wondering why you want to know the answer to this. If you are a troubled person please talk to your physician or your religious advisor about this kind of question. If you are troubled please get help. ...Read more

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Track marks from IV drug use but says he is staying clean?

Mutual support helps: If you attempt to control (or monitor) his drug use, you join in his addiction. Consider attending a meeting of nar-anon (or al-anon) for the families and friends of addicts (or alcoholics). ...Read more

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Skin problems from IV drug use?

Skin problems from IV drug use?

Simple answer: This may sound silly but, stop using drugs and you will not have the skin problems. I am not sure what problems you are having but there are a whole host of problems that occur for drug use., skin popping, chronic itching and excoriations, secondary skin infection to name a few. My best advice is to stop using! ...Read more

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Dangers having sex with someone one time who might have IV drug use?

Dangers having sex with someone one time who might have  IV drug use?

Aids, hep C , Hep b: Drug users have been known for high risk behavior and that's why these encounters may be a risk for you. ...Read more

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A patient of mine has track marks from IV drug use but denies it. How can I help as student nurse?

A patient of mine has track marks from IV drug use but denies it. How can I help as student nurse?

Mutual support helps: If you attempt to control (or monitor) his drug use, you join in his addiction. Consider attending a meeting of nar-anon (or al-anon) for the families and friends of addicts (or alcoholics). ...Read more

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If i go to ER with abscess from IV drug use and tell the dr the truth, will they contact law enforcement?

If i go to ER with abscess from IV drug use and tell the dr the truth,  will they contact law enforcement?

No: Absolutely not, at least in the usa. I admire your courage. Everybody makes mistakes, and i hope this is the start of a new life. Especially, i hope you can escape whatever set of circumstances led you to resort to this. Whoever offered you intravenous drugs was not truly your friend. The health care team is. ...Read more

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History of IV drug use, now paying the price. What is this new 'quad pill' for hiv?

History of IV drug use, now paying the price. What is this new 'quad pill' for hiv?

Not yet available...: But recently recieved approval from the fda advisory committee. It is a combination pill containing elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (quad). Since this site is not a sounding board, try searching it on the internet- there is alot of information on it, including the makers of the drug, gilead biosciences. ...Read more

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What kind of thoracic spine disease can u have from past IV drug use, & is it poss if quit 13 yrs ago?

What kind of thoracic spine disease can u have from past IV drug use, & is it poss if quit 13 yrs ago?

There's no sayin: Injection drug use bypasses natural barriers and all manner of organisms that can infect us gain entry to the bloodstream and can travel anywhere including the spine. you shouldn't have an active infection after 13 years but the damage done then could accelerate naturally occurring degenerative changes. But so could pitching for the Giants. Getting old sucks, why dwell on what you cant change? ...Read more

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What kind of thoracic spine disease can you have from past IV drug use, & is it poss if quit 13 yrs ago?

What kind of thoracic spine disease can you have from past IV drug use, & is it poss if quit 13 yrs ago?

There's no sayin: Injection drug use bypasses natural barriers and all manner of organisms that can infect us gain entry to the bloodstream where they can travel anywhere including the spine. I wouldn't expect you to have an active infection after 13 years but the damage done then could accelerate naturally occurring degenerative changes. But so could pitching for the Giants. Getting old sucks, deal with it ...Read more

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I have recently stopped IV drug use and I have dark bruises that are almost black that don't seem to go away. I have had for 4 months. Will they go?

I have recently stopped IV drug use and I have dark bruises that are almost black that don't seem to go away. I have had for 4 months. Will they go?

Yes: The pigmentation from bruises may take a few months to fade, may be longer. Leave those alone and let those heal. You are to be commended for getting off illegal drugs. Do get tested for HIV and hepatitis. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I recently went numb in one arm from IV drug use then the numbness went to my other arm and my face and now starting to twich what do I need to do?

I recently went numb in one arm from IV drug use then the numbness went to my other arm and my face and now starting to twich what  do I need to do?

Go to ER: You may have an embolus or clot formed that went to brain causing stroke or a blocked a blood vessel. Infection is another possibility as well. You need to be seen urgently in any case. Go to er or if you can't get there call 911. ...Read more

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Can IV drug use cause your toenails to become sore , fill with blood, and fall off and why does this happen?

Can IV drug use cause your toenails to become sore , fill with blood, and fall off and why does this happen?

Maybe: Sometimes IV drug users develop bacterial infections of the heart. These can cause blood clots from which small particles break off and end up in the small blood vessels of the toes. These, in turn, cause splinter hemorrhages which show up under the nails. It is uncommon for them to fall off. Either way, life would be better without the IV drugs. ...Read more

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I had endocarditis said to be caused by IV drug use could the mytral vale alreadfy been scared causing the infection to be attracted to it birth othe?

I had endocarditis  said to be caused by IV drug use could the mytral vale alreadfy been scared causing the infection to be attracted to it birth othe?

Unlikely: Mitral valve "scared from birth" would be an unlikely scenario. If so, then your pediatrician would likely have noticed a murmur and told you parents. Iv drug use is a more likely cause. ...Read more

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Arms and face are going numb from IV drug use?

Arms and face are going numb from IV drug use?

See a doctor: Numbness is a neurological symptom, face and arms suggest brain and spinal cord are involved, imperative to see a physician for a thorough neurological examination. Seeking detoxification is also important. Iv drug use is notorious for medical complications.There maybe very harnful impurities in the drugs you are using. ...Read more

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I had infective endocaditis in my mitral valve my cardologist said IV drug use affects the right side valves does peridontal affect the mitrlal valve?

I had infective endocaditis in my mitral valve my cardologist said IV drug use affects the right side valves does peridontal affect the mitrlal valve?

Infective endocardit: Although IV drug users often develop endocarditis on the right side of the heart they may have any valve involved, particularly if there exists a right to left shunt, either from the pulmonary HTN induced by IV drug use emboli or anatomic variances (patent foramen ovale, etc.). Periodonitis with bacteremia most commonly produces aortic or mitral valve disease, but again any valve may be infected. ...Read more

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What is the correlation between mononucleosis with nona/nonb diagnosis and hcv. I and a friend had been given this diagnosis prior to any IV drug use.?

What is the correlation between mononucleosis with nona/nonb diagnosis and hcv. I and a friend had been given this diagnosis prior to any IV drug use.?

Liver inflammation: Mononucleosis usually causes some elevation in liver enzymes or liver inflammation. Since hepatitis c can be a chronic disease of the liver, having mono and hep c at the same time can cause even more liver problems than if you just had one or the other. Having hep c could decrease your immune system and put you at risk for catching mono if you come in contact with the virus. ...Read more

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