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Do Opiates Cause Brain Damage
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 permanent: Brain damage is not the word i would use. Opiate addiction in general can cause long lasting changes to the brain. Suboxone is a type of opiate and completely stopping it can be difficult without other forms of support. It takes time, "months" for the brain to recover. Things such as stress or "triggers" even months to years down the road could cause cravings, possible relapse, meetings help! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can ritalin or adderrall cause brain damage if overused? Which part would be damaged and what would be the symptoms?
Brain damage: There are decades of experience in the use of stimulant medications. When used alone, these medications have not to cause brain damage. If too high a dose is taken, the effect will be so i=unpleasant a person is not likely to continue excess use. However, when combined with drugs of abuse, such as Cocaine or opiates, brain damage and even deaths have occurred. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
Possibly: It causes hallucinations. And it can cause exacerbations in user with previous brain injuries and mental problems. ...Read more
Brain injury is a condition in which the brain is damaged due to an injury. Brain injury often results when the head violently and suddenly hits an object or when an object deeply pierces the head. The symptoms of brain injury vary from mild to severe depending on how much the ...Read more
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