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Doctor insights on: Anxiety From Alcohol Drugs

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Alcoholism or withdrawal related to anxiety attacks?

Alcoholism  or withdrawal related to anxiety attacks?

Both?: Symptoms of anxiety attacks can be cause by alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Usually, shakiness from a panic attack will get better in a short while, whereas tremors from alcohol withdrawal may get worse until a person may actually have a withdrawal seizure. Panic attacks do not cause seizures. A seizure is a medical emergency as a person could stop breathing and die. ...Read more

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What's withdrawal from alcohol or drugs like?

What's withdrawal from alcohol or drugs like?

Drug withdraawal: Depends on the power of the drug, and the duration of time talking it + amount consumed in a certain of time (daily quantity, usually) and your state of heath prior to sudden cessation, the withdrawal will be more or less severe. Some high dose users can fall into seizures, which can kill, others who did not used to high a dose, neither too long, will suffer less. ...Read more

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Does alcohol exacerbate depression and anxiety?

Does alcohol exacerbate depression and anxiety?

Yes: Alcohol is a unique drug. It offers short term anxiety relief followed by depressed mood and often rebound anxiety. ...Read more

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Alcohol abuse and medicines like Adavan, vistral, and naltrexone ?

Alcohol abuse and medicines like Adavan, vistral, and naltrexone ?

Alcohol Abuse: I admire you for caring for your Health! Naltrexone is used to treat Alcoholism. Naltrexone will not cause to "sober up" It is not a cure for Alcoholism. Do not drink alcohol while taking Adavan (Ativan). This can increase the effects of Alcohol. Vistaril may impair thinking or reactions, may cause tremors, confusion, seizures. Discuss with Psychiatrist Alcoholism program , A.A. and Therapy. ...Read more

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Can alcohol or drug addiction person take this Valium medication.?

Can alcohol or drug addiction person take this Valium medication.?

Valium and alcohol: Sounds like you may be taking valium on your own that is not prescribed for you . If that's the case then no one can comment . In any event if you are taking it as prescribed i hope the prescriber knows about your addictions. The bottom line is it can potentially be very dangerous depending on your history and your metabolism met the built -valium can be deadly with alcohol. ...Read more

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Symptoms of alcohol abuse?

Symptoms of alcohol abuse?

Many: Binge drinking, drinking that affects work and relationships. Look up the cage questions and seek help if you need it! ...Read more

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Can marijuana abuse cause or alleviavate depression?

Can marijuana abuse cause or alleviavate depression?

Yes: Marijuana use temporarily relieves depression/anxiety and withdrawal exacerbates this. Withdrawal can take weeks to resolve. Several years ago, a study comparing daily users to a normal population found a lower incidence of depression in marijuana users suggesting a treatment of depression by marijuana. However, too many side effects and varying serum levels make it a poor choice for rx. ...Read more

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Is a low dose of xanax (alprazolam) alright to ease the anxiety from post acute withdrawl symptoms from quitting drinking alcohol?

Is a low dose of xanax (alprazolam) alright to ease the anxiety from post acute withdrawl symptoms from quitting drinking alcohol?

Xanax (alprazolam): If prescribed by your doctor & for short period of time. Also, keep in mind that if used on regular basis, that you have to taper the dose gradually to prevent withdrawal, of course under supervision. ...Read more

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Could nicotine cause intoxication similar to alcohol intoxication?

Could nicotine cause intoxication similar to alcohol intoxication?

Not similar: The amount of nicotine in tobacco is not enough to cause true nicotine intoxication, except when small children are exposed, usually by ingesting it. Nicotine intoxication can be lethal, and actually nicotine-like substances have been used to kill rodents and other pests. Tobacco workers also routinely get it. Alcohol intoxication looks completely different. Seizures, abd. Pain, twitches occur. ...Read more

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Can u use Xanax (alprazolam) to prevent alcohol withdrawal seizures?

Can u use Xanax (alprazolam) to prevent alcohol withdrawal seizures?

Alcoholism: Although Xanax (alprazolam) has been prescribed to prevent seizures, Alcohol withdrawal should be managed by a physician. If there is concern for withdrawal seizures then there is concern for alcoholism and its many complications and it is in your best interest to discuss your concerned with your family physician. ...Read more

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Can sudden withdrawal from alcohol use kill you?

Can sudden withdrawal from alcohol use kill you?

Yes: If you have been drinking a lot for a long time you can get delirium tremens and seizures and potentially death. Talk to your doctor or go to a detox center if you have been drinking more than a few drinks on a daily basis. ...Read more

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Can someone not bipolar experience mania due to caffeine consumption from drinks?

Can someone not bipolar experience mania due to caffeine consumption from drinks?

Maybe : Caffeine intoxication can mimic mania. A difference being that the symptoms resolve following metabolism of the caffeine. ...Read more

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Can mixing medical marijuana and prescribed medications cause brain damage?

Can mixing medical marijuana and prescribed medications cause brain damage?

Actually, in your: Situation, yes. The problem is not mixing marijuana with the medications you're on, rather, the problem is mixing marijuana with the fact you already have a psychotic illness. This is an absolute contraindication to marijuana use. You should stop using it immediately. It is of no benefit to you and can cause subtle brain damage in those areas of your brain that help you stay in touch with reality. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What're the effects drinking alcohol while taking these medications: paroxetine, zolpidem, and levetiracetam?

What're the effects drinking alcohol while taking these medications: paroxetine, zolpidem, and levetiracetam?

Additive: Acohol has an additive sedating effect with all those meds. That you're taking that particular pharmacological cocktail implies you have a significant neuropsychiatric disorder. Alcoholmusevin these conditions can be detrimental. Please share your drinking history with prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Alcohol or drug addiction, can they take this Valium medication.?

Alcohol or drug addiction, can they take this Valium medication.?

Not safely: Outside of their brief supervised use to help people come down off their drugs of choice. Benzodiazepines are highly dependency-producing themselves, and many alcoholics have had their relapses triggered by the similar sensations they get when taking a benzo, especially valium or xanax (alprazolam) which both hit the brain quickly and hard. Under supervision by doctors who understand addiction, sometimes ok. ...Read more

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Could alcoholism or alcohol abuse cause hiv?

Could alcoholism or alcohol abuse cause hiv?

No it cannot cause: Hiv. However, it might lead to unprotected sex, which could lead to hiv, since people's judgement is impaired and they are less inhibited under the influence of alcohol. ...Read more