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I was mistakenly given suboxone whilst in rehab for meth. Was on ativan (lorazepam) and diazapam at the time. Was a week ago but now have headaches every day help?
Meth "meth"meaning?: Were you in treatment for methamphetamine or for methadone? Headache is a common side effect of buprenorphine (the active drug in Suboxone) but goes away within hours if not a day or two. Doubt very much it is related, but you should see your health care professional for evaluation if the headaches are severe and persistent. Good luck with sobriety. ...Read more
Very difficult: This is a very difficult combination of problems, and would need a dual diagnosis program to work with both bipolar disorder and meth addiction. They each need care -- and long-term aftercare monitoring. If you find a credible program, and the person is truly committed to recovery, s/he has as good a shot as possible for success. Success in addiction recovery, though, is a day to day process. ...Read more
Can be effective: Effectiveness depends on many things, including the commitment of the patient. You need a program for "dual diagnosis" -- meaning they treat both the substance abuse and the bipolar disorder. When the person is actively using, it can be hard to tell mood episodes from drug effect. Meth is a very challenging drug, and ongoing outpatient recovery efforts are still needed long after discharge. ...Read more
I'm trying to quit crystal meth. I cannot afford to rehab. If I see a regular doctor is there anything that they can prescribe to help me? I'm miserable
Treatment options: For amphetamine addiction are currently limited to behavioral treatment. There are not any medications that have been shown consistently effective to this point. Suggestions include outpatient treatment (less expensive than rehab) combined with a12-step program (free). Also suggest the link to see if there are any treatment trials near you: http://www.drugabuse.gov/clinical-trial/search ...Read more
No different from: Rehab for anything else, mostly. Rehabilitation involves learning alternative coping skills, learning how to use a support system, and living a life free of drugs and alcohol, and is really pretty much the same no matter whether it is alcohol, methamphetamine or heroin. There may be some specific issues with methamphetamine (like dental problems, premature aging) that are dealt with. ...Read more
You have a lot of options for this important next part of your life. I am very proud of you for getting to the place where you can ask for help. Your family physician could make the referral or you can contact any addiction psychiatrist or clinic in your community.
There are also many groups working with meth and the various group programs such as strength over speed. ...Read more
Husband is in rehab & I just found something I think is meth. I touched it before I saw it. Washed hands a lot. How do I dispose of & will it affect me?
You won't absorb it: If you touched a white, powder or crystal and washed your hands there is very little chance to no chance it will affect you. Of greater concern is that your spouse, in rehab, has not resolved his behavior! This needs to be discussed in a non accusatory fashion with both him and his counselor. I expect urine testing will tell on him, but you must not enable continued wrong behavior ...Read more
A friend of mine is a long term methamphetamine user. How does she rehab at home? (She's more willing to do this than inpatient treatment.)
Any step: Narcotics anonymous or some other peer support group. Be there for your friend. She'll also need a counselor who's a recovered user and can see through what the drug has done to her. I am so glad she wants to rehab, and that she has you as a friend. ...Read more
Unpredictable: The single most dangerous feature is that at any time -- the first or the 100th use -- you may suddenly discover you can no longer be happy without using it. You will continue compulsively and not stop until the adverse effects of the drug have killed you. The last stages are quite horrible. The stories about people ripping off their own flesh are true. ...Read more
Which meth?: I actually HATE that word, because some people use it for methadone, and others for methamphetamine. Both are medications. Methadone is a pain medication, used in severe chronic pain as well as the treatment of opioid addiction. Methamphetamine (Desoxyn) is used to treat the same things Adderall or RItalin (methylphenidate) are used for — ADHD, narcolepsy, sleep shift disorders and conditions needing stimulants. ...Read more
Yes: If you do not have a reliable source of marijuana, then you should not smoke it, precisely because it can be cut with lots of things — including synthetic cannabinoids like spice or k2, methamphetamine, phencyclidine (pcp or angel dust) and many other things. Methamphetamine can raise blood pressure and pulse, cause palpitations and other heart problems, and make people paranoid. ...Read more
Meth effects: Yes, one of the effects of meth can be temporary weight loss -- but not a healthy kind. It can cause muscle breakdown that leads to kidney damage or failure, delusions, hallucinations, sensations of skin crawling (formication), hypertension, stroke and death. It leads to drug craving. Drug-related psychosis can last for months after your last official use. ...Read more
Depends: Methamphetamine, a fda approved agent, has a high abuse potential. Using this drug for other that it's intended purposes can cause serious medical issues some of which may be fatal. In the same way that smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol can be fatal with long term use, so can methamphetamine use. Lack of sleep, poor nutrition, impaired judgment can all lead to self-destruction and even death. ...Read more
Gotta hand it to you: Most people who post on HealthTap looking for advice on how to beat a drug test don't come right out & say so. They're less honest — or cynical — than you. The answer is the same, though: Getting such help here is unlikely verging on never gonna happen. It's unethical for a doctor to help someone break the law & you want him/her to do it publicly where millions of people could read it? ...Read more
Depends on what you consider side effects? The effects from the drug will dissipate in a day or so, however, the damage done to your brain may last a life time.
Wish you 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, if you have sex. ...Read more
Impairment is common: Alterations in blood pressure and vasoconstriction of retinal vessels can lead to vision impairment and even blindness. Anticholinergic activity and noradrenergic over activity lead to dry eye and dilated pupils. Dopamine alterations in the brain lead to visual (and auditory) hallucinations. Dry eye is common. Need any more reasons not to use? ...Read more
Up to 10 days.: For most individuals having used the substance, the consensus is often noted as a maximum of 10 days that methamphetamine remains detectable via a urine drug test. Often it is more like 3-5 days. The urine test rarely gives an incorrect finding if meth is in there. It can be detected in hair for much longer. Meth is highly addictive, dangerous & harmful to mental and physical health. ...Read more