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Dr. Alan Ali
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Hallucinations (Definition)

Hallucinations involve sensing things while awake that appear to be real, but instead have been ...Read more


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Can heroin cause hyperglycemia?

Can heroin cause hyperglycemia?

I am not sure: Representatives from the U.S. National institutes of health (nih), the american diabetes association (ada), and the juvenile diabetes research foundation (jdrf) report that they are unaware of any such studies on the topic of illicit drug use and blood glucose control. ...Read more

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What causes death in a heroin overdose?

What causes death in a heroin overdose?

Two ways: Suppression of the drive to breathe is the more familiar. For reasons we do not understand, pulmonary edema may come on very rapidly and kill the person with a sudden eruption of foam from the mouth and suffocation. Neither is painful, but I hope that neither is something that you want. Good luck, and if you have lost someone, you have my sympathy. ...Read more

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What actually causes death with a heroin overdose?

What actually causes death with a heroin overdose?

Two ways at least: I wish I had not seen this so often as a pathologist. Breathing may simply stop as a result of the drug. Or for some reason that we've not been able to figure out, the air spaces of the lungs suddenly fill with fluid. Foam gushes from the mouth and the user dies. I give families the comfort that witnesses to this event say it seems that the person does not suffer -- but who knows for sure? ...Read more

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Would giving a former heroin addict morphine cause them to relapse?

Would giving a former heroin addict morphine cause them to relapse?

Relspse: Since morphine is derived from the same plant possible. However I wouldn't withhold in an acute pain situation such as surgery ...Read more

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I tested positive for heroin using a drug swab test. Never even seen heroin let alone use. Any ideas what caused this?

May never find out: From time to time, labs make mistakes. Specimens get switched. Technicians make clerical errors. Poppy seeds may have cross-reacted. Or if it's just a swab and there is no second test, a simple false-positive 'for no reason.' a test result cannot have any medicolegal consequence unless it is confirmed by a second test that uses a different chemical principle. ...Read more

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How much heroin do you need to snort to cause an overdose?

How much heroin do you need to snort to cause an overdose?

Snort heroin: The answer depends on the purity and strenght of heroin. Also this heroin is often intentionally tainted with chemicals to enhance absorption and euphoria. Cocaine is often mixed making this forn of addiction lethal. A first time user has a higher risk if death because brain does not develop tolerance in a rapid fashion causing respiratory depression and no oxygen to brain. ...Read more

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Why does heroin use cause vaginal odor?

Why does heroin use cause vaginal odor?

Odours: It might cause increased body secretions and this probably gives some odour.
One other thing to consider is the possibility of an infection causing the odour, especially if there are other symptoms with it.
For the above mentioned reason, I would advise you to see your doctor for a check up ...Read more

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Could shooting heroin in the arm cause arm lymphedema?

Could shooting heroin in the arm cause arm lymphedema?

Potentially: Lymphedema can result from any type of disruption of lymphatic channels: surgery, trauma, and infection are common causes. If the heroin was injected into tissues rather than into the vein, it can incite an inflammatory reaction which alters lymphatic flow. ...Read more

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Does heroin cause low blood sugar diabetics?

Does heroin cause low blood sugar diabetics?

Generally not: But if you do not eat and take medication as prescribed, both high and low sugars are possible. Why not seek help with your heroin drug problem before you destroy your body and your life? ...Read more

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I swallowed my boyfriends semen last night and he is a heavy heroin user. And I had to take a UA today will that cause my test to come up positive?

I swallowed my boyfriends semen last night and he is a heavy heroin user. And I had to take a UA today will that cause my test to come up positive?

Unlikely: It is not likely that swallowing the semen of a heroin user will cause you to have a positive urine test. However, by having a heroin user as a boyfriend you are exposing yourself to many dangers, including HIV. Please reconsider your choice to have relations with a drug abuser.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Will heroin cause someone to test positive for oxycodone on rapid urine screen?

Will heroin cause someone to test positive for oxycodone on rapid urine screen?

No. Heroin will: Show up as an opiate but not necessarily oxycodone. However, many point-of-care drug screening tests include specific screening for oxycodone. Also, if the heroin was cut or contaminated with oxycodone, both can show up on a urine drug screen. If you or a loved one has a heroin habit, there are some fine outpatient treatment centers in the Cinci area. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Can long term cocaine, heroin, and alcohol use cause specific heart damage such as atherosclerosis?

Can long term cocaine, heroin, and alcohol use cause specific heart damage such as atherosclerosis?

Alcohol is toxic and: Potentially damages everything it touches, including hearts, but also livers, kidneys, bladders, etc. Cocaine amps up everything (its a speed), plus is also toxic, so yes, it can damage tissue, too. Heroin fills up opiate receptors and in effect, turns a lot of functions off. Whenever you have tissue damage, you are likely to get inflammation, which is one cause of arterial plaque. ...Read more

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Can being addicted to opiates particularly heroin cause hair loss. And will it eventually grow back? .

Can being addicted to opiates particularly heroin cause hair loss. And will it eventually grow back? .

Chronic Opioids: Whether heroin, Suboxone or morphine-like drugs can all affect your hormonal systems particularly the gonadal systems that include estrogen, progesterone, dhea, pregnenolone as well as your bodies production of cortisol. Hair loss in general is a complex process and regrowth can't always be predicted without more info. You need to see doc to check out all of these systems and get you your answer. ...Read more

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Why does a heroin overdose cause acute respiratory distress syndrome (ards)?

Why does a heroin overdose cause acute respiratory distress syndrome (ards)?

Possible: Vomiting and aspiration can cause ARDS and is the most frequent cause in heroin od. Sometimes direct toxicity from adulterants in heroin can cause an acute lung injury. ...Read more

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How could a heroin overdose cause acute respiratory distress syndrome (ards)?

Leak: Heroin itself, as well as the many substances used to "cut" the heroin (think of it like the drug dealer watering down the drink, only ts the heroin being diluted, usually with talk, but any white powder, even bleach) can all cause direct injury the lung's blood vessel and lining, resulting in leak of plasma and fluid into the lung. This is exactly what ARDS is, pulmonary edema from leaky vessels. ...Read more

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Can 7 months of methadone treatment for heroin addiction cause a LARGE weight gain? Eating reasonably. Swelling in hands & feet.

Can 7 months of methadone treatment for heroin addiction cause a LARGE weight gain? Eating reasonably. Swelling in hands & feet.

I see it sometimes: Opiods interfere with appetite and metabolism controls in the hypothalamus. In fact, opioid blockers lead to weight loss. Weight gain is more pronounced when other meds are also used. I have the swelling as well but don't understand the mechanism ...Read more

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Could heroin have any medical uses?

Afraid not. ..: The risk to benefit ratio is way too big. ...Read more

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What sorts of effects does heroin have?

What sorts of effects does heroin have?

Effects: Simple answer.. Nothing good. All bad and no good.
From distorted veins, to loss of family, your own dignity, Jobs and responsibilities, to stealing and robbing on to bigger crimes
Not talking of your own health ramifications
which are too numerous to count. ...Read more

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How would you know if your overdosing on heroin?

Death: 'overdosing' on any substance (including alcohol) can kill a person. This especially includes heroin. Use of heroin is associated with a variety of severe emotional and general medical difficulties. ...Read more

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Are the nowadays any medications made from heroin?

Are the nowadays any medications made from heroin?

Too many to count: Firstly, there is no pure heroin - it is cut with all kinds of things, many of which can be dangerous. Secondly, it is not sterile, and people who inject it may be injecting bacteria and fungus into their bloodstream, and if they share needles getting hep b/c or hiv. Overdose with death or brain damage, and becoming physically dependent (hooked) with painful withdrawal are the worst things. ...Read more

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Heroin agony torment ungrateful nasty, what to do?

Heroin agony torment ungrateful nasty, what to do?

Several options: Heroin addiction is serious. Inpatient or residential detoxification is indicated. Following detoxification there are several options for continued treatment, including substance abuse counseling, longer term inpatient substance abuse treatment, and outpatient medication assisted treatment with Methadone at an approved clinic or Suboxone through an approved physician's office. ...Read more

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How to quit heroin?

How to quit heroin?

Formal program.: Quitting heroin is tough. But using heroin can be fatal. So it's better that you try to quit if you're so motivated. But I wouldn't try it alone. Find a formal program locally to help you. Specialists are available to help you to quit heroin safely and to help you stay off it in the long term. ...Read more

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How deadly is heroin?

How deadly is heroin?

Why?: I am curious why you are asking. If you want to understand the dangers of heroin to help somebody get sober, then I'd suggest read on the issue via medical websites. If exploring using it, please see your doctor and visit about it. There is no crime to talk it over with your physician, even if you are using it. Yes, it is a very dangerous illegal drug which people do die from. ...Read more