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Can abuse of too much pain medications lead to hepatitis c?

Can abuse of too much pain medications lead to hepatitis c?

No: Hepatitis c is a viral infection that is spread by blood to blood contact such as sharing needles or from blood transfusions before they were screened for hep c. There is mounting evidence that hep c is also spread by sexual contact. Taking pain medications has nothing to do with hepatitis c spread. ...Read more

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Alcohol Abuse (Definition)

Alcohol abuse is reoccuring use of alcoholic beverages despite their negative consequences. It results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Often people who abuse alcohol fail to fulfill their responsibilities and can drink in dangerous situations such as when driving, which gets them into legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can ...Read more


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Can alcohol and cocaine/speed abuse lead to nephritis?

Can alcohol and cocaine/speed abuse lead to nephritis?

Yes: The combination of alcohol and Cocaine (cocaethylene) is very cardiotoxic may lead to coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy and heart failure, this can cause nephritis from poor vascular supply and also embolic phenomena arising from Cocaine ...Read more

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What abuse drugs can lead to blindness?

What abuse drugs can lead to blindness?

Powders & Potions: Wood alcohol (methanol) can contaminate moonshine whiskey and lead to rapid, permanent vision loss. Tobacco-alcohol amblyopia is a vitamin deficiency that may be partially reversible. Talc powder, as a contaminant of intravenous drugs, can cause capillary occlusion in the retina. Marijuana and hallucinogens alter the visual experience, but do not cause vision loss. Mj is good for glaucoma. ...Read more

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Does alcohol and drug abuse usually lead to memory loss?

Does alcohol and drug abuse usually lead to memory loss?

Yes: Certainly in the case of alcohol, severe dementia can take place as a consequence certain psychoactive drugs can cause temporary or more persistent changes in memory depending on degree and duration of abuse. ...Read more

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How can one die of chronic ethanol abuse if no damages to liver ?

How can one die of chronic ethanol abuse if no damages to liver ?

Affects other organ: Chronic ethanol not only cause liver damage, but also cause damage to heart, brain, mental function. In heart, it cause heart failure. In the brain it can cause dementia. More importantly, other aspect of it is that it is one important cause of motor vehicle injury and death. ...Read more

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Can smoking lead to alcoholism and the need for substance abuse treatment?

Can smoking lead to alcoholism and the need for substance abuse treatment?

Related but no cause: Tobacco & alcohol r both addictive. Many people w/ alcohol dependence also smoke tobacco & r addicted. However, it is a stretch to say that tobacco use "causes" alcohol addiction. Smoking cessation classes r a form of substance abuse treatment. If u r alcohol dependent it's important to be assessed to see if u need detox meds to avoid dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Aa & treatmt r also very helpful. ...Read more

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How alcoholism leads to low calcium?

How alcoholism leads to low calcium?

Low calcium: alcohol will decrease the stomach's ability to absorb calcium. it will also interfere with the pancreas's ability to absorb vit d, which is necessary to absorb calcium. alcohol affect the liver where vit d is activated. in alcohol is associated with poor diet, in females alcohol can interfere with estrogen which can increase bone loss. Alcohol can raise parathyroid hormone which raises calcium ...Read more

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Will smoking weed kill your liver is have chronic hepatitis c?

Will smoking weed kill your liver is have chronic hepatitis c?

Doubtful: although it can cause many respiratory, neurologic and hormonal problems like lung damage, decreased IQ with prolonged use and decreased testosterone level but I know of no liver problems per se ...Read more

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What does 3 years of alcohol abuse do to your body, damage & lasting risks? Average 3 promille...

Alcohol Damage: The damage is related to the amount you are using, the strength of the alcohol, and your sensitivity to your level of use. Alcohol damages the liver, then the brain, can damage the lining of the stomach. The nutritional/vitamin deficiencies can lead to further liver damage, muscle wasting, and neurological damage, including numbness, problems with strength and balance. ...Read more

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Can alcohol abuse cause iron deficiency ? Thank you

Can alcohol abuse cause iron deficiency ? Thank you

Not by itself: Alcoholics may have iron poor diets and may bleed from the stomach lining after drinking causing iron loss. This is why they are often iron depleted. ...Read more

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Can 3 years of struggling with bulimia cause permanent gastroparesis?

Can 3 years of struggling with bulimia cause permanent gastroparesis?

Possibly: Eating disorders can lead to gastroparesis. If you are asking for yourself - i hope you get help very soon. ...Read more

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How to cure liver damage due to excessive alcohol consumption. Please recommend a medicine?

How to cure liver damage due to excessive alcohol consumption. Please recommend a medicine?

Cease use of alcohol: Cease use of alcohol immediately and forever. See your pcp for tests and additional advice. ...Read more

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What are the liver diseases related to alcohol abuse?

What  are the liver diseases related to alcohol abuse?

Several: It could be an acute inflammation ("alcoholic hepatitis") to more chronic and serious conditions such as alcoholic cirrhosis and hepatocarcinoma (liver cancer). ...Read more

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Can chronic hypokalemia lead to chronic renal parenchymal disease? Why? What's the cure here? Thank you.

Can chronic hypokalemia lead to chronic renal parenchymal disease? Why? What's the cure here? Thank you.

Low K Kidney damage: If BP high yes. It is important to find cause of low K and correct it. This is all I do. Happy to do consult and get you back to health. Low K can cause you to pee a lot especially at night. This is because low K counteracts your ADH (vasopressin) hormone which help you concentrate your urine at night. ...Read more

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What are the predisposing factors that can transform or activate the chronic hepatitis b virus to lead for cirrhosis, liver failure, hepato cancer .. ?

What are the predisposing factors that can transform or activate the chronic hepatitis b virus to lead for cirrhosis, liver failure, hepato cancer .. ?

Not clearly known: It is quite unpredictable what leads the virus to do most of the damage to the liver. So best one can do is avoid any other hepato-toxins like alcohol use . Aslo eat healthy and avoid fatty liver which accompanies over eating and execessive weight. Eat healthy which is to consume low sugared foods with ample amounts of fruits and veggies with each meal. ...Read more

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How could chronic alcohol abuse affect cholesterol levels?

How could chronic alcohol abuse affect cholesterol levels?

May lower LDL: Especially when one is dying of liver failure, it's harder to make 'bad cholesterol'. This is little comfort. I'd rather die ten times from ten heart attacks than subject myself and those I love to life-destroying alcohol abuse. ...Read more

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Is overeating junk food 3 times enough to cause heart problems or liver problems?

Is overeating junk food 3 times enough to cause heart problems or liver problems?

Do you mean total?: You would need to clarify what you mean. If it is three times daily, it could lead to problems, although I am not sure about heart or liver specifically. Overeating junk food, for example, three times a year, is something many of us do during birthdays and holidays. ...Read more

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Why does the overuse of laxatives lead to metabolic alkalosis?

Why does the overuse of laxatives lead to metabolic alkalosis?

Loss of potassium: Diarrhea causes loss of potassium. The kidney excretes acid, (hydrogen ions) to conserve potassium. Loss of hydrogen ions (acid) causes metabolic alkalosis. 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. 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. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

Malnutrition (Definition)

Refers to the individual that receives either too few nutrients, too many nutrients, an imbalance of nutrients, or due to comorbidities or underlying inherited or acquired diseases, an under or ...Read more


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Poor Nutrition (Definition)

Poor nutrition or malnutrition occurs when the body has insufficient intake, too much intake that is not healthy or when the diet is poorly balanced . Malnutrition can be the result of poor ...Read more


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