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Different Types Abused Drugs And Their Effects
I learned that Adderall class and Ritalin (methylphenidate) class are absorbed differently. Can you pls explain what those differences are and their general effect?
Doctor: You are right. Review the medication with your doctor. Some act for short periods of time and some longer. Your doctor will be able to determine what works best for your situation. All the best. ...Read more
Meds: The two different meds are formulated to affect different areas of the nervous system/brain by the manufacturer. That being said, medication prescription is an art much more than it is a science. It all depends on the patient and prescriber, and whether or not the med is being taken responsibly. It's painstaking trial-and-error much of the time. And the body's needs can change over time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: If you prevent an accident by having breaks on your car,is that stronger than the medical treatment you get after a wreck? Vaccines mimic the infection process and enable your system to build preventive antibodies without experiencing the disease. Is that stronger than an antibiotic that would treat it? ...Read more
Most have none: Most peoplehave no side effects, but the most common side effect in the first 1-3 months is irregular, unpredictable bleeding that gets better over time;other possible side effects include breast tenderness, nausea, mood changes, headaches.One serious potential risk, although rare, is an increased risk of blood clots in your legs or traveling to your lungs. The shot, implant, and iud are different. ...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?
Competency: Some patients are determined to not be legally competent to refuse medication. This is a legal decision. These individuals can be medicated to bring them back to competency. ...Read more
Somewhat: Like a number of medications that are metabolized through the liver, atomoxetine can interact with other medications that use those same pathways, including quinine, fluoxetine, and paroxetine; like all antidepressants, it should not be combined with an MAO inhibitor. Otherwise, it's compatable with a wide array of meds people are apt to take--e.g., antibiotics, antihistamines, & stimulants. ...Read more
Ask pharmacist: This cannot be answered well without knowing which prescription drugs you are talking about. www.drugs.com is a helpful website and you can also ask a pharmacist to see what drugs are not compatible when taken together. In general it is not wise to "mix" drugs. ...Read more
Probably: Presumably people with mood disorders already have a dis-regulation of their brain chemistry. Adding substances that can potentially cause further chemical dis-regulation is likely to have a negative effect. What's more, even when the individual chooses to stop using, it can take months to years for some of the brain's systems to bounce back. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on what kinds of symptoms you have and how well the medication is working. For example, someone with schizophrenia may also be depressed, so both in addition to a medication for schizophrenia, a medication for depression might help as well. It's best to talk this over with your doctor, who can guide you. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more
They are not: The main difference is that alcohol is legal and easier to get. Because it is legal and socially tolerated, alcohol can be abused longer before accumulating the consequences associated with addiction to illegal drugs. There appears to be a link between alcoholism and opioid addiction; one of the drugs used to reduce alcohol cravings blocks opioid receptors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: A mother that is actively taking drugs can pass the drugs onto the baby. This means that the child can be born addicted to the same drugs that the mother is taking. All drugs and medications taken by the mother should be disclosed to the obstetrician so that steps can be taken to minimize the risk to the child. ...Read more
It depends on the: Type of antidepressants. Some can be quite lethal - others are not. Are you considering overdosing? If you are, please get help. If you have a strong urge to kill yourself please have a friend or relative take you to the nearest emergency room or call 911 for emergency services. If you have taken an overdose -call 911. There is always hope. A psychiatrist or a psychologist can provide therapy. ...Read more
Very different: Benzodiazepines bzd develop tolerance and can be addictive. Antidepressants ad are not. All bzd effect gaba and are different only in half life and onset of action are used for anxiety or insomnia short term. Ad can help anxiety or insomnia as well as depression on a longer term basis by several different mechnisms effecting serotonin, norepinephrine, and/or Dopamine in various ways. ...Read more
Nature and Nurture: The genetics of a person and the way that they were raised to look at medicine will influence the treatment response. There are individual differences in the capacity of someone to tolerate side effects, for example. And there are some individuals who will have certain genetically determined characteristics that influence the speed that the liver metabolizes medicine to the form that is active. ...Read more
What chemical properties and mechanisms of action make Prozac (fluoxetine) more "stimulating" than other anti-depressant drugs in the same class?
Serotonin 2C: The agonist activity of fluoxetine at 5ht2c receptors likely explains some of the positive and negative stimulating aspects of treatment with fluoxetine in terms of appetite, activation and anxiety etc. However everyone is different and "your results may vary ". Fluoxetine is not "stimulating" for everyone. ...Read more
Officially :: Mao-i, cyp2d6 inhibitors, albuterol and similar beta2 agonists, anthypertensives in general, are the main groups of drugs that clearly interact with strattera (atomoxetine). Of course, this lists are never expected to cover all the possibilities in the universe, it s just what there is enough evidence of. Discuss it with your dr, mostly if some particular drug or food is in question. ...Read more
Yes but...: Yes but even more important is the fact that you can become habituated and physically dependent of these drugs. This means that larger doses will be necessary to achieve the same effect as previously achieved with lower doses. There also can be serious withdrawal symptoms. Using these medications should be under the close supervision of a physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Generally an evaluation consists of questions about a persons relationship to drug use. This usually involves a good history, patterns , consequences etc. We try to understand what has the person had experienced in all spheres of life and who they are in this and why. ...Read more
Precription abuse: Using precrition medication other than intended.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is someone who abuses food to the point of negative health effects equal to someone who abuses drugs?
Effects of drug use: According to the national institute on drug abuse, the annual cost in the U.S. Of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use is $600 billion. In most states, the legal threshold for intoxication is a blood alcohol level of .10%. Judgment, attention, and sensorimotor skills can be impaired at .05% bal. Spice, a synthetic form of marijuana, can cause increased heart rate & blood pressure like stimulants. ...Read more
They used cocaine heavily and stopped, would their be any lasting effects from the drug abuse or not?
Probably: These might be apparent or unclear unless someone knew how to test for them. Consider psychoneurological testing for a serious evaluation. Also the heavy use will have altered one's relationships with people, work and family. There might be good cause to get help in sorting things out. Takes courage. ...Read more
It depends: Specific physiological effects depend on the particular drug and amount being used. But no matter what the substance, an addicted person generally ends up with problems in both work and relationships because of pursuing substance use above all else. There are often lies about substance use as well as intoxication that conflict with social roles. There can be neglect of job, parenting, and more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the drug: It depends on the drug as to the main areas of the body affected. In general, drugs have a toxic effect on the body. One can get brain damage, liver disease (cirrhosis, hepatitis c), cardiovascular problems (higher risk for heart attacks and stroke) and an increased risk for cancer. I have patients who still halucinate even after stopping drugs. ...Read more
Mortality : A recent cdc report shows prescription opiate abuse as the number one cause of death in us in adolescents and young adults. Other than death, dependency leads to drug seeking, theft, poor nutrition, sleep disruption, poor academics, loss of work, legal problems, dui, loss of family and friends. Couldn't find a worse thing to do. ...Read more
Not sure if i got a bruise from an accident or being punched. Could the bruises be side effects from drug abuse?
Depends on drug: Depends on the drug. Which one were you referring to? ...Read more
Addiction is Disease: i appreciate your question. Here are some ideas: 1. Set good boundaries. Do not accept bad behavior. Excuse yourself if your friend is not being appropriate. 2. Be honest. No nagging or complaining. But, you should feel free to tell your friend what you see and what you feel. 3. Remind your friend that there is a solution for the disease of addiction. And then act like you believe it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can years of drug and alchohol abuse cause necrozoospermia? Even tho I stopped taking drugs years and years ago?
Drug Abuse : In dsm-iv, this is a persistent, "maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress." there are: failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home; recurrent drug use in physically hazardous situations (like driving); recurrent substance-related legal problems; & continued use despite social problems caused/worsened by the drug use. ...Read more
Very common: Unfortunatey, the usa is a country plaged with both prescrition, and nonprescription drug addicts. Many of these individuals or occupying space in overcrowded prisions, others are at large, perhaps homeless, and using criminal means to support their drug habits. The war on drugs has failed horrably, and due to past misguided effects to erraticate cannibus, the real threat today crystal meth. ...Read more
Seeking help: Addiction is a serious disease that requires professional help. I would recommend finding a therapist and psychiatrist who have experience treating addiction. If you need help with detoxing from substances currently, that may require inpatient or residential treatment for a short period of time, followed by outpatient work. ...Read more
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