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Doctor insights on: Any Campral Alcohol Cravings

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What are casual alcohol cravings?

What are casual alcohol cravings?

Depends: The NIH says that more than one drink per day for women or 2 drinks per day for men may suggest a problem with alcohol. Cravings are usually defined as thoughts about drinking. These are problematic if you have (or have had) a problem with alcohol abuse. They may also be problematic if they are obsessive and you cannot stop these thoughts. A conversation with your FP may clear up and confusion. ...Read more

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Is there any medicine besides campral that helps with alcohol cravings?

Is there any medicine besides campral that helps with alcohol cravings?

Yes: Naltrexone helps with cravings and comes in pill or an injection that lasts 30 days. Other meds that have also shown some promise are topamax, (topiramate) baclofen, neurontin, odansetron, bases on genetics, some people respond to certain meds better than others. All can help if motivated and getting other support. ...Read more

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Any drugs can reduce drinking alcohol ?

Any drugs can reduce drinking alcohol ?

Alcohol: There are no currently available drugs to reduce alcohol consumption. The only drug in the past used to control alcohol use was "Antabuse". This must only be used under careful medical supervision because of its SERIOUS side effects. The best drug to reduce alcohol use is self control. Barring this try good psychotherapy and or AA. ...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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Is there any type of drug to stop you craving alcohol ?

Is there any type of drug to stop you craving alcohol ?

Yes, but . . .: There are medications that can help with alcohol craving, but it's most important to have a frank discussion with your doctor about treatments for this. Try to be open-minded about options and avoid anchoring on the idea of using one drug to stop another. "Behavioral therapies", such as Alcoholics Anonymous, are cheap, readily available, and show long-term effectiveness. Discuss with doctor. ...Read more

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Can I use any illegal drugs while on antabuse (disulfiram)?

Can I use any illegal drugs while on antabuse (disulfiram)?

No: Not unless you want to have a new addiction. Clearly you are taking this med for problems related to alcohol. Replacing that with a new substance will very likely result in cross addiction. Get healthy support. ...Read more

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Any insights on when does "moderate" use of alcohol become alcohol abuse?

Any insights on when does "moderate" use of alcohol become alcohol abuse?

Yes: Alcohol becomes abuse when it starts affecting your life negatively:if you having problems at work or showing up late or missing work; if it is making you fight with others or causing problems in your relationship; if you have legal problems from drinking; if you find yourself "sneaking" alcohol or hiding how much you use from other people. ...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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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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Why are drugs like cocaine illegal? If caffeine and alcohol are used for there psychoactive effects. Why isn't cocaine in moderation legal too?

Why are drugs like cocaine illegal? If caffeine and alcohol are used for there psychoactive effects. Why isn't cocaine in moderation legal too?

Read your history: Since the beginning of civilization, every human society has had its own particular customs, traditions & laws re what's "licit" & what's ILlicit. Not just psychoactive chemicals, but everything, e.g. marriage. The roots of what substances are legal & which aren't are not rational: they're social, cultural & historical. There are many books about this fascinating subject for the general reader. ...Read more

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How are tobacco addiction and alcoholism similar tendenceies?

How are tobacco addiction and alcoholism similar tendenceies?

Habits are habits: Addictive behavior has common underpinnings despite the various chemicals, physical or mechanical, or ritualistic, behaviors may initiate them. Areas of the brain are involved similarly regardless of the addicting substance. Dopamine is a prime mediator of addiction. ...Read more

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Symptoms of drug addiction withdrawels obvious?

Symptoms of drug addiction withdrawels obvious?

Yes: Without proper detox symptoms can be prolonged and dangerous. ...Read more

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Whats alcohol sensitivity! any help!?

Whats alcohol sensitivity! any help!?

Not sure.: What are your symptoms? Do you get sick - rash / GI upset - when you drink? Do you get intoxicated too quickly? Different races and sexes metabolize alcohol at different rates which leads to some variation in alcohol tolerance. ...Read more

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Are there any positive benefits to drinking alcohol?

Possibly-low doses: There have been associations (which does not necessarily mean that alcohol is the CAUSE of the effect) between low dose alcohol (up to 2 drinks per day in men and 1 drink in women and men over 60) and improvement in HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol), with a lower rate of coronary heart disease/heart attack, which are the major cause of death in the western world. Exercise works even better. ...Read more

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How long after drinking alcohol can start antabuse (disulfiram)?

Eight hours: Just stop drinking - half life of alcohol is about four hours. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do about alcohol dependence and withdrawal symptoms?

See doctor: If you are asking how to treat and deal with your alcohol problem, make an appointment with a psychiatrist who has experience with addictions. He or she will work with you to diagnose specifically what is your illness, and prescribe a treatment regimen to help with withdrawal and follow up long term sobriety. Treatments are safe and effective. Be serious and persevere, and it will be worth it. ...Read more