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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Drug Problems (Overview)

occur when use of either illicit , prescription or over - the - counter medications negatively impacts a person's functioning.


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Will i need to stop taking my prostate medication before surgery for my cataracts? I'll need cataract surgery in the coming year. I take flomax (tamsulosin) for an enlarged prostate. Does this or any other drug cause a problem with cataract treatment? .

Will i need to stop taking my prostate medication before surgery for my cataracts? I'll need cataract surgery in the coming year. I take flomax (tamsulosin) for an enlarged prostate. Does this or any other drug cause a problem with cataract treatment? 

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I : I agree---going off the medicine does not good. Just let your doctor know that you are on it and he can take the necessary operative precaustions during the surgery. Don't let this stop you from having the surgery that will improve your vision. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
165 doctors shared insights

Drug Problems (Overview)

occur when use of either illicit , prescription or over - the - counter medications negatively impacts a person's functioning.


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When should I tell my bf about my drug problems?

When should I tell my bf about my drug problems?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous and ask for the experience of others who have been there. ...Read more

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Are they any good online therapy for teens dealing with depression/drug problems?

Are they any good online therapy for teens dealing with depression/drug problems?

Online Therapies: Please stay away from these! psychotherapy is a function of the relationship between doctor and patient, and you can't have that on line. ...Read more

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Hello, my problem is that after taking the painkiller tramadol for several month i got addicted to it and i wanna get rid of it again. The drug was re?

Hello, my problem is that after taking the painkiller tramadol for several month i got addicted to it and i wanna get rid of it again. The drug was re?

Tramadol: This is a very common problem with tramadol. I don't know why it's not regulated as it has a narcotic. It hits the same opiate receptors that opiates do. Your question trails off i don't know what your question is actually. Some substitute or opiate blocker such as suboxone is an alternative. ...Read more

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What is the best way to help my husband get help for his mental/emotion/drug problems?

Mutual Support Helps: You might consider attending a meeting of al-anon or codependents anonymous, twelve step programs for the families and friends of alcoholics or addicts. ...Read more

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Friend with drug problems? How can I help her?

Mutual support helps: Your friend might consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous. If the meeting is an open meeting, you might go with her. You mights also consider attending a meeting of nar-anon, for the families and friends of those with drug problems. ...Read more

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When should I tell my bf about my drug problems?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous and ask for the experience of others who have been there. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Drug problems?

Drug Problems: occur when use of either illicit , prescription or over - the - counter medications negatively impacts a person's functioning. ...Read more

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What is the best way to help my husband get help for his mental/emotion/drug problems?

Mutual Support Helps: You might consider attending a meeting of al-anon or codependents anonymous, twelve step programs for the families and friends of alcoholics or addicts. ...Read more

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Do ambulance drivers develop drug problems?

Ambulance driver: Is a vey old term these days. An ambulance crew is made up of emts and paramedics. Paramedics do carry and use pain medicines and for than reason are higher risk. Just like nurses and doctors. They have access to medications that others do not. This is why we monitor nd test higher risk professions. ...Read more

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Are they any good online therapy for teens dealing with depression/drug problems?

Online Therapies: Please stay away from these! psychotherapy is a function of the relationship between doctor and patient, and you can't have that on line. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: illegal drug abuse?

What is the definition or description of: illegal drug abuse?

Illegal drug use: Any use of drugs both prohibited by law, eg marijuana or illegally obtained such as opiates. Many meds require prescriptions but only a few are addicting, i would use illegal drug abuse to refer to meds obtained illegally and used to excess against prescribed indications. ...Read more

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Could illegal drug abuse lead to killer diseases in the long run?

Yes for sure: There are many papers about the damaging effects of illegal drug use. Death from overdose is not infrequent , but true brain damage and liver damage and other organ damage is prevalent. ...Read more

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I am experiencing strange smell or taste. The following also describe me: Confusion and Illegal drug abuse. What should I do?i smell like fecies

I am experiencing  strange smell or taste. The following also describe me: Confusion and Illegal drug abuse. What should I do?i smell like fecies

Confusion & smells: Taste & smell problems along w/confusion indicate a need to see your doctor right now. There MAY be neurological damage from the drug abuse. Your doc will tell you and help you. He/she may refer you to a neurologist. Please get help. Lots of reasons to hope. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Not clear: The term alcoholism was originally coined in 1849 by magnus huss. Untill the 1940s it referred primarily to the physical consequences of long-term heavy drinking. I am not sure about the term substance abuse. ...Read more

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What is the solution to the drug problem?

What is the solution to the drug problem?

Which drug: And which problem. Are you referring to side effects, illicit drugs, diversion of prescription meds, domination and greed within the pharmaceutical industry, or the social issues of distribution and smuggling to US market???? As dr Ali answered EDUCATION for any of these, but only part of answer. I commend you for asking such a controversial ? In this forum. Hope it will open the can of worms!!! ...Read more

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My gf is crying over my drug problem again. how do I stop this habit!?

My gf is crying over my drug problem again. how do I stop this habit!?

Treatment programs: Most people with long-standing drug problems (depends somewhat on the drug, which you don't list) cannot handle it all by themselves. There are many chemical dependency programs - you can google that name and your location and can find programs near you. Medical detoxification, psychiatric evaluation, medication for underlying problems, counseling, all may help you get back to a normal life. ...Read more

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What do I do if my sister have a drug problem?

What do I do if my sister have a drug problem?

Your sister has to: recognize that she has a problem and she has to want to do something about it. Families often feel helpless, hopeless, angry, ashamed and guilty, in various combinations. Concerned family members can present their worries to her, trying to help her see the problem, but this often results in denial and anger on her part. Attend Alanon meetings for your own sake, not hers, it may help with enabling. ...Read more

Illegal Drug Abuse (Definition)

Any use of drugs both prohibited by law, eg marijuana or illegally obtained such as opiates. Many meds require prescriptions but only a few are addicting, i would use illegal drug abuse to refer to meds obtained illegally and used to ...Read more