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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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Been a heroin addict for 2 years and just started getting severe histamine releases. How do I cut the itching back besides stopping, it is unbearable.

Been a heroin addict for 2 years and just started getting severe histamine releases. How do I cut the itching back besides stopping, it is unbearable.

Not great choice: Since opiates tend to cause histamine release -> itching, avoidance is the only logical solution. While I strongly urge you to seek help in weaning off of heroin, you may consider taking antihistamine regularly up to 4 x daily . ...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