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Brain Damage Drug
This site lists 3: Major, 2 moderate & 1 minor prescription drug interaction with THC. I'm sure there'll be more found in states like mine in which legal use is imminent. Always tell your doctors ALL other substances you take before starting ANY new medication: prescription & OTC meds, herbs, roots, berries, vitamins, ganja, whatever. "Natural" does not always mean "safe." Peace out. Http://www. Rxlist. Com/marijuana ...Read more
Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more
Not really.: Once the brain tissue has been damaged by drugs, it is unfortunately lost for good. ...Read more
Best advice: No more drugs.Get a more detailed answer ›
Cognitive evaluation: You can undergo a cognitive evaluation.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes and no....:
Early on I doubt any changes would be detectable. However, with extensive use structural changes may be seen. In my experience, drug users show loss of brain volume at an earlier age than otherwise.
Functional MRI and pet on the other hand would show changes sooner. That is, the relative activity of certain centers of the brain would change without causing structural changes like volume loss. ...Read more
Doctors, from all your experience, how likely is it I'll die from brain damage from taking drugs like vraylar and invega? I'm 28 and have since 13
Unliikely.: These are excellent medicines to help stabilize mood in people with certain psychiatric disorders. Fatal brain damage from them is incredibly rare. It's more likely to have a shorter life from complications of the disease itself if left untreated than from medicines treating and controlling the condition well. If they're working for you, don't stop them. ...Read more
What is permanent brain damage? And how to heal from a perm brain damage caused by illegal drugs or by anything else?!
How to heal from a brain damage caused by illegal drugs and how to know if someone poisoned me by putting illegal drugs in my food? I am very anxious!
The brain has an: Enormous capacity to heal itself as long as there's no ongoing damage. You must stop using toxic, illegal drugs immediately. But recovery can take time. The only way to know if someone put illegal drugs in your food is laboratory analysis of the food which seems impractical in this case. You also need to stop hanging with people who use dangerous drugs. Best wishes. Dr. Anne. ...Read more
Possibly: It causes hallucinations. And it can cause exacerbations in user with previous brain injuries and mental problems. ...Read more
How would you know that you could have some brain damage caused by a recreational drug you tried one night and never before or after again?
Talk with your doc: It sounds like you are having side effects from your medication and are not tolerating the current dose or medication. Although you feel "damaged", this is extraordinarily unlikely to occur from monitored psychiatric medication treatment. Please call your doctor, discuss what you are experiencing, and evaluate medication change (s). ...Read more
I'm not a drug abuser. I tried k2 one night and smoked it about 2-3 times that night. Could that have caused some brain damage? I have anxiety now
No brain damage: But you should never abuse illicit drugs when you have an anxiety disorder. See a psychiatrist or psychologist for evaluation and treatment recommendations. Don' t fritter or fret your life away in an anxious state. Life can be so beautiful without anxiety. With anxiety it is scary, stressful, full of catastrophic and awefulizing thinking, and plagued with dread. Help is available. Best wishes! ...Read more
Unfortunately: Using illicit drugs can have a negative impact on the brain's growth, development and functioning. The extent will vary depending on what you used, how long you used it and what you mixed it with. The good news is that the brain is very powerful and is always trying to heal it self from injury. Hopefully, nothing irreversible has occurred. ...Read more
They can and do: There are rare cases of people who suffer serious consequences, particularly with mephedrone and other "bath salt" products, on their very first use with long-lasting and perhaps permanent damages. Others suffer those consequences (psychosis, depression, organic brain syndrome) after long-acting and/or heavy use. Bath salts in particular are a total crap shoot -- you don't know what you get. ...Read more
My nephew recently suffered a drug overdose, has been on a ventilator for almost two weeks. What is the likelihood of him not having brain damage.?
Unlikely but possibl: If he is still unable to breath on his own and there is no other reason, then he has probably suffered severe and irreversible brain damage. His doctors should be able to do testing of his brain to determine how it is functioning. They should be willing to meet with all family members to discuss treatment options. His immediate family should be very involved. ...Read more
How long till your body detoxes all the drugs out of body after you quit drug use? Can MRI show brain damage?
Varies & maybe: Different drugs are metabolized & eliminated from the body at different rates, so there is no one answer to this part of your question. Mri brain scans can detect brain damage, but not all kinds of brain damage. Also anatomy is not the same as function. So just because a scan looks "bad" doesn't mean the function is bad. If you abuse drugs & brainscan shows damage, it's too late to undo. But quit! ...Read more
When given early: Optimally if given within two hrs of symptoms. May be given between 3 and 4 hrs but with increased risk and diminishing rewards. ...Read more
Can treatment with thrombolytic drugs during the first three hours after a cva help prevent brain damage?
Yes: There are strict inclusion criteria used to identify the safest use of these drugs. ...Read more
Generally Not but...: There are reports of significant mdma (i.e. Ecstacy) use with documented brain changes seen on mri. Those patients also had significant neurologic symptoms. In general, it is not likely to see major changes with recreational use. But, again this depends on how "recreational" is defined. Please don't do drugs. ...Read more
On different types of antidepressants n tranquillisers for 8 years. Will these drugs cause brain damage, dementia or alzheimer's when taken long term?
No: Even when taken for many years, these medications do not usually cause brain damate or alzheimer's disease. If you continue to be concerned, speak with you prescribing doctor. ...Read more
Do psychiatric drugs enlarge the basal ganglia and atrophy the cerebral cortex. Do cause brain damage? I have lingering akathisia from invega (paliperidone) shot
Side effects: All medicines have side effects. You must always weigh the benefit and the risk. Sounds like you may need something ...Read more
Generally small: Accidents do happen, but you would be more likely to get a concussion playing football or soccer. Since judo does not involve strikes or kicks to the head, it is pretty safe in that regard. The first thing you learn is how to fall without hitting the back of your head. I took judo for close to 20 yrs without a single head injury - but if you play rough, the risk increases just like other sports ...Read more
Maybe: By enduring pain, I assume you're referring to what we call chronic pain. There are studies that suggest differences in brain anatomy & function in those suffering from chronic pain. However, this association does not prove causation since we don't have before & after tests. But it's certainly worrisome. We do have studies demonstrating brain vs body effects, eg narcotics decr testosterone levels. ...Read more
Many R unexplained: Results from > 50, 000 pregnancies reported in the late 70's (nelson et al.)showed > 50% of cerebral palsy cases had normal pregnancy, labor& delivery. Infants are born with true knots in the cord & many have loops of cord tight about the neck. Some have hx of maternal infection, drug exposures etc. Contrary to the lunch tv adds, most are not caused by drs. ...Read more
Probably: Safe from a physical standpoint, but depending on the level of brain damage, there are ethical considerations, such as the ability to consent. "Brain damage" can be very minor and cause no or minimal cognitive impairment, or it can be severe enough to render someone incapable of making an informed decision or understanding their actions. ...Read more
Extent more apparent: If the question relates to how & when children begin to show evidence of brain injury it is a matter of changing expectations & emerging deficiencies. The adult with a brain injury has an established baseline & injury is immediately apparent. If an infant suffered injury to nerves, it may not become apparent until the kid doesn't walk, talk etc. Not worse, just more apparent as they age. ...Read more
Damage?: Do you mean damage from physical trauma? Many things can cause similar symptoms. Medications are probablly the most common cause of altered mental status, poor cognition, and problems with coordination or motor function. But dietary imbalances, dementia (alzheimer's type), previous infarcts or even brain tumors can cause similar sypmtoms. ...Read more
Variable: The most common signs are neurological deficits like loss of motor function including loss of strength or loos of balance and coordination or loss of sensation. Other symptoms can be loss of various cognitive functions like memory or speech. Injury to the brain can also cause changes in personality. ...Read more