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Does Methamphetamine Abuse Mess Up Cortisol Levels
Problematic use: Also referred to as amphetamine abuse, methamphetamine abuse is a problematic pattern of methamphetamine use leading to significant impairment or distress. Problem examples include: failure to fulfill major role obligations, repeated use when it is physically hazardous, repeated legal problems due to methamphetamine use, or continued use despite social or interpersonal problems. ...Read more
Methamphetamine abus: Has many negative consequences, including addiction. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease, characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, accompanied by functional and molecular changes in the brain. In addition to being addicted to methamphetamine, chronic abusers exhibit symptoms that can include anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbances, and violent behavior. ...Read more
12 Panel Drug Test:
Urine drug testing is a very accurate way to determine recent drug use history. It is the most common form of drug testing, used by schools, employers and families alike. A urine drug test requires collecting a small urine sample. No laboratory work is required - you can find out the results of your drug test almost instantly.
Test for up to 13 drugs: marijuana * Cocaine * opiates * methamphetam. ...Read more
The unknown: What are the effects of crystal meth during pregnancy on the baby exactly? Well, it not only causes the long-term neurodevelopmental problems, but also reduced motor coordination in the long-term. Research says that a developing baby is much more vulnerable to dna damage because fetuses have not yet developed the enzymes that will eventually help to protect the baby from free radicals. ...Read more
What are the most effective things I can do to feel "normal" again once I have stopped methamphetamine abuse?
Meth recovery tough: Congrats on stopping, that's the first step. Seeing a mental health specialists who deals with addiction and groups like NA can help. Meth use changes the balance of the chemicals in your brain. You deplete dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine; which can cause depression and severe fatigue when you stop. Your body will normalize with time, but the mental part of addiction can be tough. ...Read more
My lady friend has methamphetamine abuse. She was too embarassed to tell me any more. Can you explain it to me please?
CAGE: Give your lady friend the cage test. C= tried to cut back. A= anoyed when confronted by loved ones. G= guilt feeelings about use. E= must take eye opener first thing at waking up. She already scored 2 out of 4. She has abuse problems. ...Read more
I am experiencing skin rash around my neck (quality: itchiness, red or bluish purple)m. Skin redness or irritation. Could it be methamphetamine abuse?
Yes: Rashes are common with meth abuse, and abuse of many other agents. You need an ER consult and treatment for meth abuse. ...Read more
I thing so: Especialy if there was no reasons for it. ...Read more
Yes: The extreme weight loss is well-known; it may also fluctuate. If it's you, please get help now. I do not want you on my autopsy table. If it's someone you care about, try to get them to get help, and be ready to leave them to their own devices if they refuse. ...Read more
Nothing good: By "meth, " I'm assuming you mean methamphetamine. Nothing good happens when you abuse this substance. There are some ongoing studies of Naltrexone to decrease methamphetamine use. These have some positive results -- but not 100%. Taking Naltrexone while abusing meth will not change the damaging effects of meth. Please, get help -- hopefully from a specialist in addiction medicine. ...Read more
Somewhat complicated drug abuse question? Pregnant, meth user, still involved with boyfriend who got me hooked.
See your doc: You need to talk openly with your doc about this and ask for help. It is very dangeros situation for you and the baby. And believe me your life and baby life are far more important. Please talk to your doc openly about this and he or she will be able to come with a plan to help and support you. ...Read more
Meth abuse: Dental loss has many causes, and meth abuse is just one of hundreds, however the "faces of meth" is a good subject to google if you are interested. ...Read more
Phentermine: The last thing a recovering addict needs is another "pill". Besides a host of other side effects, there is nervous system stimulation, tremor, anxiety, restlessness, dizziness, insomnia, euphoria, dysphoria, and headache--all which may be bad reminders of meth. Exercise, good diet, and avoidance of stimulants, especially those like Phentermine is a good idea. ...Read more
Ther is no doubt: Addiction and fertility should be a serious concern for all women. Use of drugs like marijuana, cocaine, lsd, ecstasy and methamphetamines can severely disrupt normal menstrual cycles. Some habitual female drug users have reported not having a period for months disrupt normal menstrual cycles or even years at a time, while others report other ovulatory abnormalities such as increased pain ...Read more
Not stones: Meth use does more than cause kidney stones -- it can kill your kidneys and the rest of your organs too. Depending on which prescription pain killers you're talking about, this is extremely dangerous also. If you got very dehydrated during your substance abuse, kidney stones would be possible. ...Read more
I've abused meth (smoked) for 18 months. I have severe pain, burning, stabbing, numbness, weakness, and termors all over, mostly in hands and feet.??
Get help now: I doubt I am the only physician here who thinks that meth should be a health care matter rather than a law enforcement focus. Your primary care physician or a peer can guide you to care. The alternative is a miserable, long, gruesome death during which you are likely to tear off your own skin. Rediscovering your inner strength and goodness will save you but only if you get into the right place. ...Read more
Why would a doctor prescribe my friend Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) when he has heavily abused Adderall ritalin and illegal amphetamines like cocaine and meth?
UNINFORMED: I would wonder if your "friend" has been honest about the medications that have been abused. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a prodrug and is not active if snorted ot injected. Still it is an amphetamine. Your friend will eventually be caught as there are more and more externally systems that monitor for doctor shopping and drug abuse. ...Read more
I'm 45 day clean from Meth abuse and have untreated Hep BorC, recently got over the flu, and now have swollen glands near my mouth or throat and suffer from fatigue amd muscle soreness. I know some a detox related but is there a larger emergency?
Your current symptoms are compatible with flu. Please note that both Hep B and Hep C are curable and you should seek care for your long term health. I applaud you for kicking meth!
If the glands more than double in size, ulcerate, bleed, you get fever, or lose weight, see a doctor at the earliest.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more
How long do positive results in a hair follicle test for methamphetamine with levels of 4000-7000 take to go to 0?
Skin follicle: This will depend on which test they are using and how fast your hair grows. Discuss with your testers. ...Read more
Is 1710ng/mL a high level for a methamphetamine urine test screening? Like everyday use our maybe just a1 time relapse?
Whoa: This stuff isn't supposed to be in your urine at all. There's no telling whether it was taken in divided doses or just once. Unlike the warnings you may have been given about other dangers in life, the perils of methamphetamine are as described. I've autopsied a few folks who've died of it and yes, they do start clawing their flesh away before they perish. I hope the user stops. Best wishes. ...Read more
Impossible: You cannot raise ph of your body without killing yourself. ...Read more
Well my girlfriend smokes meth almost daily and she is due June 22 might be sooner if she stops now will baby be born clean or how high will levels?
The baby has been affected by your gf's smoking. The sooner she stops, the better. There are no discrete test to measure the level of exposure to tobacco, in-utero. Her smoking is affecting your health and will affect the health of the new born as well.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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 ...Read more
Would smoking Meth on a reg basis cause my Hgc levels to stay low enough to give a negative result on a pregnancy test?
No: Please stop smoking meth especially if you want to become a mother. Some of what you have heard from "drug educators" about other recreational drugs is not true, but the warnings about meth are. You'll rip or cut your skin loose before you die. Why not go clean, get better friends, and when you are ready, head a wonderful family instead? Somebody loves you -- do this for them if not yourself. ...Read more
Would smoking Meth on a reg basis cause my Hgc levels to stay low enough to give a negative result on a pregnancy test?
See your doctor: You may need to have a serum Beta HCG drawn to determine if you are pregnant. ...Read more
My son in law does not use drugs of any kind. He just took a hair follicle test that came back positive for Meth. They said his level was 864?
Positive results: There are some prescription diet pills that contain either amphetamine or methamphetamine, Parkinson’s Disease treatment can be a form of methamphetamine. Some doctors prescribe amphetamines for ADHD. Ecstasy is included in the amphetamine class of drugs. These are the possibilities for false positives. If the screen came back positive at 864, he has meth in system. ...Read more
Iv drug use of meth daily, pregnant, last mp was May, 13, hcg levels were 74, 114. What are the complications that can happen for the mother & baby?
Very high risk: Methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous drugs to abuse during pregnancy. It has been linked to placenta abruption, preterm labor, growth restriction and the most serious complication of all ---fetal death. Please seek help to keep you and your baby safe. Be honest with your doctor so that treatment can be arranged for you and your baby ...Read more
Many ways effect: Shortness of breath, decreased appetite, irregular heart beat and high blood pressure, increased wakefulness, increased physical activity, extreme weight loss, insomnia, confusion, irritability, anxiety and violent behavior, psychotic effects, including paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions (for example, the sensation of insects creeping under the skin). ...Read more
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