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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Is vivitrol effective for alcohol and opiate addiction?

Is vivitrol effective for alcohol and opiate addiction?

Yes: In my experience Vivitrol can be very effective for treatment of alcohol and opiate addiction. But Vivitrol alone is the answer. Motivation is the first key followed by working closely with a doctor who treats addiction on a regular basis, in consuling program. ...Read more

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What works against the smoking addiction?

What works against the smoking addiction?

Get best treatments: Stopping is one of the best things to do for your health! make sure to get the best treatments: coaching, free at 800-quit-now they won't nag you, will help with a plan and get you though cravings. Medications help with craving and nicotine withdrawal. Depending where you live and your insurance- you may be able to get them low cost or free. Get through a day, then a week, then a month! ...Read more

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Which anxiolytic drug works best?

Which anxiolytic drug works best?

Many options: No single anti-anxiety medication is considered universally superior to the others. Ssri/snri classes of medications are considered among the best/first line treatment for anxiety disorders. Benefit by biological relatives can be a basis to go with one medication over another. Psychotherapy in combination with medication treatment generally yields the best outcome. See your doctor and good luck! ...Read more

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Tolerance of Valium -are CNS depressant qualities of this drug also tolerance forming, or just anxiolytic effect?

Tolerance of Valium -are CNS depressant qualities of this drug also tolerance forming, or just anxiolytic effect?

Valium tolerance: When valium induces tolerance, this includes all its cns-depressant effects. It's similar to alcohol, where someone could appear "sober" despite having a high blood alcohol level. If the blood alcohol level dips from usual, withdrawal symptoms may be experienced. ...Read more

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Which drug is best to stop clozapine and to reduce the withdrawal cholinergic rebound?

See ur Doctor: stopping Clozapine is a Major decision in any treatment plan, it is taken very seriously by the treating physician and all risks and benefits are weighed carefully , it cant be done over the net, you have to see your prescribing physician and discuss with him the issue. good luck and feel better ...Read more

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Does using add medication increase or decrease your future risk for drug addiction?

Does using add medication increase or decrease your future risk for drug addiction?

I very much doubt it: Ever since strauss-leightnen syndrome was repackaged as add some 40 years ago, Ritalin (methylphenidate) & amphetamines were used with varying success in school children, I am not aware of any convincing evidence for addiction. Rather , the problem is young adults seeking Adderall or an amphetamine for their well rehearsed litany of subjective difficulties that fit adhd. ...Read more

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Marijuana plus ssri. Bad combination? The ssri is a follow up to nicotine deaddiction medication.

Marijuana plus ssri. Bad combination? The ssri is a follow up to nicotine deaddiction medication.

Bad combination: Sounds like you're still in an addiction pattern, if still using marijuana. And yes, this is a bad combination if you want to end your addictive behavior. ...Read more

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What is (are) the mechanism(s) by which benzodiazepines reduce norepinephrine release?

What is (are) the mechanism(s) by which benzodiazepines reduce norepinephrine release?

Benzodiazepines: Benzodiazepines do not directly reduce norepinephrine release, but they do enhance the inhibitory gaba-a receptor function in the brain so that nerve cells downstream will be less active -- including norepinephrine-firing ones. The end effect is sedation, emotional calming, decreased muscle tone and coordination, decreased memory function, and a host of other changes. ...Read more

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Can high doses of anticholinergic (biperiden hydrochloride) decrease the memory?

Can high doses of anticholinergic (biperiden hydrochloride) decrease the memory?

Yes: Amnesia has been reported with biperiden; anticholinergics such as scopolamine are famous for causing amnesia for the events that took place while the patient was taking them. ...Read more

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Does caffeine reduce the effect of psychotropic drugs? Particularly Effexor, Buspar, (buspirone) Trazodone, and Topamax.

Does caffeine reduce the effect of psychotropic drugs? Particularly Effexor, Buspar, (buspirone) Trazodone, and Topamax.

No interaction but..: I ran the interaction checker and there is no known interaction between caffeine and any of the meds you mentioned. However, it is well known that caffeine disrupts sleep patterns and can increase anxiety either on it and while withdrawing from it. Therefore, it is best to cut caffeine to a very minimum ...Read more

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How effective is acamprosate (Campral) for treating alcoholism?

How effective is acamprosate (Campral) for treating alcoholism?

Campral: Works fairly well if taken 3 times a day, and in conjunction with Rehabilitation program. ...Read more

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Is the combo (Wellbutrin (bupropion) XL150mg+Buspirone60mg) instead of SSRI the best alternative to treat GAD and decrease the sexual dysfunctions caused by SSRI?

Is the combo (Wellbutrin (bupropion) XL150mg+Buspirone60mg) instead of SSRI the best alternative to treat GAD and decrease the sexual dysfunctions caused by SSRI?

Maybe: Because each person's chemistry is different, there are many combinations that might work. I assume you and your doctor have discussed and/or tried other combinations. If this is working, keep using it. If not, discuss the results with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is buproprion a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (maoi) type of drug?

No: Bupropion (wellbutrin) inhibits re-uptake of norepinephrine and Dopamine into neurons (nerve and brain cells). It does not inhibit mao, so there are no dietary restrictions or common medication interactions, unlike the the maois. ...Read more

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What is the alcohol dependence or drug addiction process?

What is the alcohol dependence or drug addiction process?

Habituation: In any physical dependence the body adapts and the withdrawal symptoms are the body responding to the lack of the substance. Because addictions cause changes in neurotransmission they are difficult to treat and require enough time for the body to adjust to being "clean.". ...Read more

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What type of ADHD treatment helps minimize substance abuse?

What type of ADHD treatment helps minimize substance abuse?

All of them: By taking a prescription medication to treat adhd, it lowers your chance of getting abusing substances on your own. The research is clear about a lower incidence of addiction in teens with adhd on treatment vs. Without. If you are asking what treatments for adhd might be better for you if you have an addictive tendency, try any of the non stimulants. ...Read more

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Do med assisted therapy drugs like Suboxone & Methadone continue to hinder dopamine production in the opiate abused brain?

Do med assisted therapy drugs like Suboxone & Methadone continue to hinder dopamine production in the opiate abused brain?

Still studied: Currently the thought is that although suboxone initially increases dopamine ultimately it blocks dopamine activity. Methadone may stimulate dopamine synthesis but recent brain studies do not see effect in the brain Stimulents are very potent dopamineric medications. ...Read more

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Help please! is drug addiction formed the same way as alcohol addiction or any other addiction?

Help please! is drug addiction formed the same way as alcohol addiction or any other addiction?

Yes: Yes often drug and alcohol addicition starts as a poor way to cope with stress and low self esteem and as reliance and use of these agents continue- an addiction is started. But it is important to note that addiction has a strong genetic component as well. Often this is reflected in strong family history of addiction. In any case seek help from your dr if you have an addiction. ...Read more