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Doctor insights on: Heroin Addict Runs Hot Water What Are They Doing

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Can you flush out heroin in 24 hours by drinking a gallon of water?  

Can you flush out heroin in 24 hours by drinking a gallon of water?  

No: It will take longer and drinking that much water rapidly can cause the possibility of multiple electrolyte abnormalities that may be dangerous or even fatal. ...Read more

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What do doctors give former heroin addicts for pain relief?

What do doctors give former heroin addicts for pain relief?

Individualized: Treatment of pain in former heroin addicts should be individualized, based on the specifics of the presentation. It may be a difficult situation to deal with and require collaboration with a pain management and addiction medicine specialists. ...Read more

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I am a heroin addict just relapsed 4 months back I've been using some meds to keep my withdrawal symptoms at bay please advice if I should change that?

I am a heroin addict just relapsed 4 months back I've been using some meds to keep my withdrawal symptoms at bay please advice if I should change that?

Relpase: I encourage you to get more support than medication in order to get into health and recovery. Your doc can comment on the use of meds; I won't. Please continue to see him/her. Please consider inpatient treatment, a 12 step program w/regular meetings, a sponsor, whatever it takes. Please make freedom from this your present goal. The very best to you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How do the docs at a hospital deal with a heroin addict?

Depends on reason: If a heroin adict is admitted for an unrelated reason, say a pneumonia or for surgery, then generally the goal is to prevent withdrawal. This would be accomplished by using medications that limit withdrawal and also by providing alternative opiates during the hospitalization. ...Read more

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Can you tell someone is a heroin addict by examining their eyes?

Can you tell someone is a heroin addict by examining their eyes?

Not by itself: Small pupils can be a sign of opiate intoxication yes, so a heroin addict may indeed have small pupils, it could indicate abuse of other opiates besides heroin, it could be ligitimate use of opiates. With other information or suspicion of heroin use, it is a helpful clue. As is severely dilated pupils with suspected opiate withdrawal. ...Read more

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I feel like water runs down my leg when I'm walking. What's going on?

I feel like water runs down my leg when I'm walking. What's going on?

Paresthesia: A paresthesia is an unusual sensation, and can be anywhere in the body where there are sensory nerves. It may mean there is something irritating a nerve or nerves from the spinal cord to the affected area. A primary care doctor can evaluate, and may refer to a neurologist as needed. ...Read more

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What to do if my sister is a heroin addict?

What to do if my sister is a heroin addict?

For her, nothing you: Can do except tell her how you feel. For yourself, getting family counseling and/or attending alanon meetings (a self-help group for family members of addicts) can help you deal with your guilt, shame, anger, concern and all the other feelings you likely have. Nobody can make anybody else change - she has to want to. People in alanon or counselors can help you understand what you can;can't do. ...Read more

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How can you help a heroin addict to recover?

How can you help a heroin addict to recover?

You can't- sort of: What I mean is you can HELP, but they don't recover until THEY want to. What most of us do when a friend, relative or loved one has addiction (or obesity, or smoking or whatever) is nag them, and that ends up doing more harm than good. What we need to do is 1) stop enabling their addiction if we are doing that and 2) tell me we love them (or like them) and we want the best for them. Attend Alanon ...Read more

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How much heroin is needed to create an addict?

How much heroin is needed to create an addict?

Any amount: The obsession with use, and the compulsion to use can operate at any amount of the drug. ...Read more

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Does anyone ever become a heroin addict by choice?

Does anyone ever become a heroin addict by choice?

Unlikely: I don't think people wake up and think, "i'm going to become a heroin addict today". People become heroin addicts because they like the way they feel on heroin, they have a genetic predisposition toward opiate addiction, and usually (but not always) they are not coping well with the problems in their lives. Some may be depressed and self destructive to boot, but no one asks for addiction. ...Read more

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I'm a heroin addict and recently started wetting the bed. What is this a early sign of?

I'm a heroin addict and recently started wetting the bed. What is this a early sign of?

It ain't early: You have a disease-addiction! I suspect that this is chronic in your case. So why the bladder problems? If you're female, loss of normal neurological inhibition due to your drug abuse leads to relaxation of bladder muscles with the expected results. Failure to heed the warning signs of body function deterioration shows denial, ignorance or lack logical thought. Have you hit bottom yet? Probably no. ...Read more

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Does methadone really work for heroin addicts?

Does methadone really work for heroin addicts?

Yes: By using methadone, physicians are able to ease the withdrawal symptoms and to keep the addict in treatment. Facilities may not be able to come up with statistics that say their patients have completed their program and are clean and drug-free, but that they are heroin-free. According to many, this is a better alternative. ...Read more

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Can somebody tell me how can methadone help heroin addicts?

In many ways: Opiate addicts mostly use very short-acting drugs like heroin or oxycodone, which they have to dose 4-6 times a day, and their bodies and brains (and minds) are constantly cycling between high-normal-low, with very destructive effects on neurotransmitters in the brain. Methadone (or suboxone) is long acting, can be taken once daily, and stops this vicious cycle. For some its shortterm, others long. ...Read more

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Would giving a former heroin addict morphine cause them to relapse?

Would giving a former heroin addict morphine cause them to relapse?

Relspse: Since morphine is derived from the same plant possible. However I wouldn't withhold in an acute pain situation such as surgery ...Read more

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Could someone get hepatitis by sitting on the toilet after a heroin addict?

Could someone get hepatitis by sitting on the toilet after a heroin addict?

Sitting: I have asked this question to myself many times, in my younger days.
so I started asking my med school friends. We all deliberated and The answer is NO.
Within 10 seconds or so, Nature takes care of the bug. Such bugs don't survive for more than few seconds or many more of us will be sick. From common cold on words. Opening
doors, left behind by a person with Flu.
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Suboxon isn't working anymore im a heroin addict. I need so much subs an still feel withdrawls?

Suboxon isn't working anymore im a heroin addict. I need so much subs an still feel withdrawls?

Unfortunately: Suboxone only works about 40%of the time. Cconsider Methadone or (dare I say it) abstinence. Naltrexone during abstinence will reduce craving and improve sense of well being. ...Read more