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Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Stress: Streas has not truly been shown to be associated with any pregnancy issues. How stress affects the pregnant mothers sleep & eating patterns might effect fetal growth, but otherwise should not contribute to birth defects or autism. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Are some antiepileptic medications known to cause birth defects or autism in a 22 week pregnancy?

Are some antiepileptic medications known to cause birth defects or autism in a 22 week pregnancy?

Antiepileptic: Yes, this is something you need to discuss with your ob. Monitoring can be done, to help determine if there are any anomalies. Do not just stop the medication though, because seizures can cause a bigger problem for the fetus. ...Read more

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I live just over the border in Vancouver BC. However my father is American & lives there. I know Canada & the United States offer different treatment options in some areas. So my question is about Opiate Addiction & what treatment options, new & old u can

I live just over the border in Vancouver BC. However my father is American & lives there. I know Canada & the United States offer different treatment options in some areas. So my question is about Opiate Addiction & what treatment options, new & old u can

Several: suboxone, methadone are substitutes.
Long acting injectible blockers prevent getting high.
Then, there's outpatient (suboxone/blockers). Specialized clinic (methadone) and inpatient and/or residential settings. And 12 step programs.
You might want a directed question to me; I am board certified in addiction. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm looking for a name of a birth defect similar to autism or ADHD but starting with the letter "n"?

What do you advise if I'm looking for a name of a birth defect similar to autism or ADHD but starting with the letter "n"?

Autistic Spectrum: Disorders & the 3 types of ADHD are neurodevelopmental disorders. Each categorical diagnosis is made by specific criteria including history of a specific neurobehavioral pattern & presence of specific observable behaviors for which the etiology may be genetic/ other medical issues or unknown. Another neurodevelopmental disorder is Non-verbal Learning Disabilities (NLD). ...Read more

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10 wks pregnant. Just got a flu. Will it harm the baby? Read about autism, birth defects? What can I do at this point? Please help! Stressed out!!

10 wks pregnant. Just got a flu. Will it harm the baby? Read about autism, birth defects? What can I do at this point? Please help! Stressed out!!

Things to ponder: You can do nothing at this point other than try to maintain a healthy diet, get proper rest & prepare for the work ahead. Every pregnancy has a 4% risk of some unexpected outcome, including all forms of birth defects, prematurity, infection, etc. Emerging data on autism suggest a curious change in genetic information present at conception, not induced by flu or other agents later. ...Read more

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Late 30s couple ttc for 1st time. No family history of autism/downs & both fit & healthy. What is % of risk for autism/birth defects?

If you'll be 39 at: Delivery, the chance to have a child diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth is 1 in 137 (a little < 1%); the chance to have a child diagnosed with any chromosome abnormality (including down syndrome) at birth is 1 in 83 (slightly > 1%). Autism risks? With paternal age, low maternal folate (folic acid) levels esp. At conception-10 wks. & some prenatal infections like rubella or flu. Ask your OB @ screening. ...Read more

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Can a father's drug use during conception cause birth defects - for example cocaine, opioids, depressants, stimulants, LSD/Ecstacy?

Can a father's drug use during conception cause birth defects - for example cocaine, opioids, depressants, stimulants, LSD/Ecstacy?

Major drug abuse: A history of major drug abuse can cause damage to male reproductive health - but it would not be from a single use at the actual time of conception. I'd also think hard about the maturity and responsibility toward a potential child that you might expect from a man who abuses drugs enough to cause harm to his body. Creating a Life is serious business - even more than sex (which is too!) Be safe. ...Read more

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Can having an opiate addiction cause a decrease in sexual desires?

Can having an opiate addiction cause a decrease in sexual desires?

Yes: And beyond that, any drug addition will cause a decrease in all desires, other than the desire to use more drugs. ...Read more

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My baby's father is over 40, will he be more prone to birth defects?

My baby's father is over 40, will he be more prone to birth defects?

Slightly higher risk: There is a link between paternal age and some birth defects but the overall risk is low. The current scientific explanation is that dna changes occur more frequently in sperm as men ages. The risk is low and increases with the age of the man. ...Read more

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If the father takes antidepressants at conception can the unborn baby be affected or be born with birth defects?

If the father takes antidepressants at conception can the unborn baby be affected or be born with birth defects?

Not likely!: It is highly unlikely that a father taking antidepressants when his wife conceives, would expect any effect on the developing fetus. A large review of women taking antidepressants before and during pregnancy failed to find any major adverse effect. Consider what the effect of a clinical depression, in either mother or father, might have on a developing fetus. Many "self-medicate" w/alcohol, etc. ...Read more

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Does my baby have a higher risk of a birth defect if his father is over 40?

Does my baby have a higher risk of a birth defect if his father is over 40?

Slightly higher risk: There is a link between paternal age and some birth defects but the overall risk is low. The current scientific explanation is that DNA changes occur more frequently in sperm as men ages. The risk is low and increases with the age of the man. ...Read more

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What are some rare birth defects from older fathers?

What are some rare birth defects from older fathers?

See below: Marfan syndrome, apert syndrome, and achodroplasia are associated with advanced paternal age. ...Read more

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Where can I get help with opiate addiction?

Where can I get help with opiate addiction?

Specialists: In addiction medicine can be sourced through your state or local medical society... ...Read more

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How do people use Suboxone to control opiate addiction?

Buprenorphine helps: Buprenorphine (suboxone) is used as a medication for detoxification and/or maintenance for opiate addiction. It works by binding to the opiate receptors, providing partial stimulation to these receptors, but not causing a high. Buprenorphine also blocks other opiate medications from acting on the receptor, so the addict is not able to get high while taking this medication. Mutual support helps. ...Read more

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What nutrients does the body need the most when bouncing back from opiate addiction?

What nutrients does the body need the most when bouncing back from opiate addiction?

Opiates: I am not aware of particular nutrient deficits caused by opioid addiction other than often patients with addiction to drugs/alcohol have a poor nutritional state primarily due to poor diet and self care. Cessation of chronic addiction behavior and resumption of a healthy diet and lifestyle will have the desired effect of improving overall health and mental well-being. ...Read more

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How do you get help for a severe opiate addiction?

How do you get help for a severe opiate addiction?

Suboxone: Opioid detoxification with Suboxone or Methadone is an option. You need to get into a support group setting. ...Read more

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For what length of time does it take to recover from opiate addiction?

Lifetime: If the addiction was acquired during a painful illness, recovery can be very fast aided by humane protocols such as used by the military in burn units. If it was a recreational use or from ill-advised prescribing, the person will never be fully normal or able to approach opiates again without having terrible things happen in the mind. ...Read more

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Does having an opiate addiction make you more sensitive to pain?

Does having an opiate addiction make you more sensitive to pain?

Apparently: Opioid dependence lowers the pain threshold over time. So less and less pain stimuli are perceived as greater and greater pain. This is a form of opioid seeking originating in the pleasure area of brain. After detox and sobriety, pain thresholds increase slowly to preaddiction levels. Perfeption of pain is one of the major reasons that opioid users have difficulty getting off them. ...Read more

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Is it possible there is a drug that treats ADHD and opiate addiction?

There certainly are:: Stimulants for adhd, naloxone/naltrexone for opiate addiction - but neither works without patient's commitment to lifestyle changes. ...Read more

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Vivitrol for alcohol and opiate addiction. Does it actually work and is it worth the money?

Vivitrol for alcohol and opiate addiction. Does it actually work and is it worth the money?

Yes it works, but: Whether it is worth the money depends on many things. For alcohol abuse, the results have been extremely good, with marked reductions in relapse, and much longer periods of sobriety, even in the homeless alcoholic population. For opioids, it's not as clear, but several russian studies showed success, and us studies are beginning to show some promise. It does have side effects (depression), + cost. ...Read more

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I recently started subutex for opiate addiction. At my initial visit I was also prescribed adderal for adhd. Should I be on adderal? I'm a addict.

You are right to be: Cautious. But your prior history, doesn't mean u can't take it. It does mean that u should be monitored extra carefully. There are those that would claim your addiction was the result of your untreated adhd. I've seen that situation many times. Some say that when the ytake the adhd meds that is the best they have functioned for years. Be upfront with your dr. Maybe give it a trial. ...Read more

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Is it ok to put Neosporin on anus due to sore and bloody feces due to constipation from being on suboxone and from opiate addiction?

Is it ok to put Neosporin on anus due to sore and bloody feces due to constipation from being on suboxone and from opiate addiction?

See your doctor: Constipation can be a serious side effect of Suboxone therapy. This can be treated with a high fiber diet from fresh fruits and vegetables. Dulcolax tabs can be taken at bedtime. A couple bottles of magnesium sulfate taken an hour apart when things get really stopped up. Sit in a tub of warm soap water. "Recticare" is great for pain. See your doctor for additional recommendations. ...Read more

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Opiate addiction. How can I get help?

Opiate addiction. How can I get help?

Contact an addiction: Hotline or call a mental health clinic near where you live. They will meet with you or refer you to the proper level of care with specialists who deal in opiate addictions. Don't delay, they can help you fight the addiction. ...Read more

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What is a good drug for opiate addiction?

What is a good drug for opiate addiction?

Many options, but...: Naltrexone, methadone and suboxone are the drugs used to treat opiate addiction. However, these drugs merely buy u time by lowering ur risk of relapse while you engage in the core work of recovery - which is disengaging from using friends, building new rituals to replace those of addiction, going to NA, working with a sponsor, going through an (usually outpatient) treatment program. Good Luck! ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can hide an opiate addiction?

I would not: Recommend hiding an addiction. It is a very dangerous life threatening illness and you need help. Get professional help as soon as possible. They will help you overcome the addiction. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how someone kick an opiate addiction?

Many: Ways to help someone get off the opioids. I would talk to your doctor and get on a weaning program. Also there are non addicting meds to help with the withdraw symptoms. Ask questions so you are prepared for what will happen. Good luck ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can someone kick an opiate addiction?

With help: Firstly, I admire you. It may be easier (or harder) than you expect, but it's a good thing to do in any case. There are resources to help. Withdrawal can be serious and it's wise to have medical support thru that stage. Maintenance is also easier with support. There are groups as well as individual therapists for that. Best wishes on this effort. A good link:
http://www. Addictions. Com/opiate/. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could someone kick an opiate addiction?

Various ways: Short-term detox with methadone, Buprenorphine or Clonidine can be effective, especially when combined with an intensive treatment program, but the relapse rates are high. There are "blocking" agents like naltrexone, also available as a long-acting injection (vivitrol), which protects the person from "getting high" on opioids. Maintenance therapies with methadone/buprenorphine have best results. ...Read more

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What can I do if my fiance quit an opiate addiction cold turkey. Is it possible?

Yes but not safe: It is possible to withdraw from opiates cold turkey, but not advise able. There can be serious and sometimes life-threatening physical side effects from withdrawal. It is best done with medical supervision. ...Read more

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Is vivitrol effective for alcohol and opiate addiction?

Yes: In my experience Vivitrol can be very effective for treatment of alcohol and opiate addiction. But Vivitrol alone is the answer. Motivation is the first key followed by working closely with a doctor who treats addiction on a regular basis, in consuling program. ...Read more

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What is the safest drug to treat opiate addiction if you suffer from severe liver cirrhosis?

Detox slowly: The safest way is just a very slow taper of the opiate, ie just reduce the dose by 10% every third or fourth day...Example go from ten oxy a day to nine and then keep at that level for 4 days then go to 8 and so on. Most people can cut their consumption in half but then run into a plateau. At that point, some Clonidine and some xanax (alprazolam) can some things out. Big problem is not getting hooked oxana. ...Read more

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Can you please help me to understand how buprenorphine works with your bodies receptors for pain control, not opiate addiction?

Can you please help me to understand how buprenorphine works with your bodies receptors for pain control, not opiate addiction?

Buprenorphine: Buprenorphine, as marketed as butrans, is a potent opiod analgesic medication with the analgesic effect coming from partial agonist activity at mu opioid receptors. It is also an antagonist at kappa opioid receoptors, an agonist at delta receptors, and a partial agonist at orl-1 (nociceptin) receptors. Its binding affinity to the mu recetors is very high, and overdose cannot be easily reversed. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
643 Doctors shared insights

Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more