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Doctor insights on: Addiction To Opiate Over The Counter Medications

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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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What is a good drug for opiate addiction ?

What is a good drug for opiate addiction ?

Many options, but...: Naltrexone, methadone and suboxone are the drugs used to treat opiate addiction. However, these drugs merely buy u time by lowering ur risk of relapse while you engage in the core work of recovery - which is disengaging from using friends, building new rituals to replace those of addiction, going to NA, working with a sponsor, going through an (usually outpatient) treatment program. Good Luck! ...Read more

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Can you tell me can I develop an opiate drug that does not have a tolerance level or form physical addiction?

Can you tell me can I develop an opiate drug that does not have a tolerance level or form physical addiction?

Depends: If you are a chemist and work for pharm. Company you can try to develop the new drug following all regulations. At home it is illegal. ...Read more

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What is the safest drug to treat opiate addiction if you suffer from severe liver cirrhosis?

Detox slowly: The safest way is just a very slow taper of the opiate, ie just reduce the dose by 10% every third or fourth day...Example go from ten oxy a day to nine and then keep at that level for 4 days then go to 8 and so on. Most people can cut their consumption in half but then run into a plateau. At that point, some Clonidine and some xanax (alprazolam) can some things out. Big problem is not getting hooked oxana. ...Read more

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What's a good over-the-counter med for someone going through opiate withdrawal?

What's a good over-the-counter med for someone going through opiate withdrawal?

Unfortunately none.: While OTC meds such as acetominophen and ibuprofen may help ameliorate some of your heightened pain sensitivity, fever, etc., true physiologic withdraw occurs from the absence of non-OTC drugs that stimulate specific receptor sites in the brain. However, withdraw of common dosages of even high potency narcotics, e.g., oxycodone, morphine, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, often subsides in a 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter meds that help opiate withdrawals?

Are there any over-the-counter meds that help opiate withdrawals?

Withdrawal: A good question: anyone that doesn't have major allergies and is going through this should take some pain reliever that is not an opiate , motrin, naprosyn (naproxen) etc.. Take as directed not just once a day. For stomach cramps you might try chamomile tea. There are number of products to control diarrhea -ask the pharmacist. A lot of warm baths ; rest. Some intensive distraction video etc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is there an over-the-counter medicine that will help make opiate withdrawals a little easier to go through?

Withdrawal: A good question: anyone that doesn't have major allergies and is going through this should take some pain reliever that is not an opiate , motrin, naprosyn (naproxen) etc.. Take as directed not just once a day. For stomach cramps you might try chamomile tea. There are number of products to control diarrhea -ask the pharmacist. A lot of warm baths ; rest. Some intensive distraction video etc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are some over-the-counter meds that are helpful with opiate withdr?

What are some over-the-counter meds that are helpful with opiate withdr?

Narcotic Withdrawal: Some signs of withdrawal are: - body aches - shaking - nausea/vomiting - insomnia - diarrhea getting over withdrawal there is a decrease in the intensity of their signs and symptoms. To get over the symptoms nsaids like ibuprofen/motrin can help with body aches, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help with insomnea and nausea. Immodium helps diarrhea. Your dr. Also help. Hospitalization sometimes is needed. ...Read more

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Is over-the-counter nasal spray addictive?

Is over-the-counter nasal spray addictive?

YES: It is the worst! if you are, you need to see an allergist to help you get over your addiction. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Pollard
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Opiates (Definition)

Opiates are a type of drug including pain medicines like morphine and ...Read more