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Doctor insights on: Heroin Addicts And Liver Disease

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Will blood tests show liver damage with narcotic addiction?

Will blood tests show liver damage with narcotic addiction?

Depends on chemical: It depends on the chemical and adulterants in the chemical that are being consumed. Often it may not be the chemical itself but other issues related to addiction, e.G, hepatitis, nutritional deficiencies, and concomitant alcohol abuse that may cause liver abnormalities. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction chronical disease?

Is drug addiction chronical disease?

Yes: The addictions cross each other. If you stop drinking alcohol and start using pills you are still at the same spot. And it may not be drugs alone ...Gambling, food, sex, porn...And so forth may replace your drug of choice...But, in the end, however you slice it... You stand at the same, spot....Alone, miserable, disoriented...And once in a while thinking, where... Did all friends and loved one disappear.. ...Read more

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How are alcoholism and drug addiction different?

How are alcoholism and drug addiction different?

They are not: The main difference is that alcohol is legal and easier to get. Because it is legal and socially tolerated, alcohol can be abused longer before accumulating the consequences associated with addiction to illegal drugs. There appears to be a link between alcoholism and opioid addiction; one of the drugs used to reduce alcohol cravings blocks opioid receptors. ...Read more

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How are tobacco addiction and alcoholism similar tendenceies?

How are tobacco addiction and alcoholism similar tendenceies?

Habits are habits: Addictive behavior has common underpinnings despite the various chemicals, physical or mechanical, or ritualistic, behaviors may initiate them. Areas of the brain are involved similarly regardless of the addicting substance. Dopamine is a prime mediator of addiction. ...Read more

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How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?

How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?

Different causes: One is caused by alcohol and the other is caused by a virus which infects the liver, hepatitis b and c are the most common causes of chronic viral hepatitis. As both of these affect and damage the liver they may have similar symptoms such a jaundice and evenually cirrhosis. The treatment however would be different. Having a viral hepatitis and drinking would speed the progression of the damage. ...Read more

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How and why is there an increase in urobilinogen levels in hepatocellular dysfunctions like alcoholic liver disease, cirrhosis and malignancy of liver?

How and why is there an increase in urobilinogen levels in hepatocellular dysfunctions like alcoholic liver disease, cirrhosis and malignancy of liver?

Obstruction: When the liver is prevented from doing it's job due to disease it shows itself through elevation of certain chemicals in the blood because it is being blocked by physical disruption of the anatomy and bile goes into the blood causing yellowing of the skin ( jaundice). ...Read more

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Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?

Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?

You need support: Few people, if anyone, can recover all on their own. There are self-help groups like aa/na and others, formal therapy groups that use cognitive behavioral therapy, individual psychotherapies and family/couples therapies. Work on improving health with diet and exercise, and develop other fulfilling activities and hobbies, religious and/or meditative practices. Treat underlying psychiatric problem. ...Read more

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How come more people die from using nicotine and alcohol than heroin and cocaine?

How come more people die from using nicotine and alcohol than heroin and cocaine?

More smoke & drink : Because more people smoke and drink than use heroin and cocaine. Heroin and Cocaine can be deadly in short term use and smoking and alcohol can also cause serious health problems in the long term. ...Read more

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How much worse can hepatitis C be when there is existing liver damage from alcoholism and drug abuse?

How much worse can hepatitis C be when there is existing liver damage from alcoholism and drug abuse?

3x worse : Alcohol is fuel on the fire of hepatitis c related liver disease. One of the most important interventions someone can do to improve their liver health, besides antiviral treatment, is stop drinking. It is never too late to stop and slow down the damage. It is important to discuss alcohol use with a doctor so they know there is an increased risk of cirrhosis (3x higher than those who do not drink). ...Read more

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Is marijuana dangerous for my fatty liver disease?

Is marijuana dangerous for my fatty liver disease?

Yes...: It is also dangerous for your brain, heart, lungs and the rest of your body. Your fatty liver can be treated. Please discuss this with your md.Be good to your fatty liver. ...Read more

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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 are the various dangers a person can experience from tobacco (both cigarettes and cigars), alcohol, and drug abuse?

What are the various dangers a person can experience from tobacco (both cigarettes and cigars), alcohol, and drug abuse?

Substance abuse: The question cannot be answered in a short column other than to say, lung, oral, and bladder cancer, hepatitis, liver damage and cirrhosis, hiv, aids, and a myriad of other infections and illness. On top of these, a life of misery associated with these substances is often more intolerable than the "afflictions" themselves. ...Read more

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What is the difference between non-alcoholic atty liver disease and liver cirhosis?

What is the difference between non-alcoholic atty liver disease and liver cirhosis?

12: Liver cirrhosis is the final result of all forms of liver injury which are commonly alcohol, hepatitis c, b, certain drugs etc. Non-alcoholic liver disease is another form of liver injury which is a result of excessive fat deposition in liver cells and can result in liver cirrhosis in later stages. In earlier stages it will be causing liver inflammation also known as steatohepatitis. ...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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How serious a disease is non alcoholic fatty liver disease?

How serious a disease is non alcoholic fatty liver disease?

Read on: Read this short article: 1.https://www.kaushikmd.com/fatty-liver-on-a-rise-with-diabetes-and-obesity-epidemics/

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Do HIV drug regiments cause liver and/or kidney damage?

Do HIV drug regiments cause liver and/or kidney damage?

HIV med/liver damage: Yes; different regimens/medications carry different risks/side effects, but in general there is an association with these classes of medications and liver/renal dysfunction. They should be taken only as directed and their use should be monitored with the ppropriate lab tests recommended. ...Read more

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With stage 1 fibrosis and non alcoholic fatty liver disease would it be better to use (very rarely) edible or inhaled marijuana. It's legal, of course?

With stage 1 fibrosis and non alcoholic fatty liver disease would it be better to use (very rarely) edible or inhaled marijuana. It's legal, of course?

By all means: Some of my colleagues will be angry with me, but this is a situation where politics makes good science impossible and thus common sense and common kindness should take over. But what I'd really like to see is have you get high on exercise. This may be what your liver is asking you for, and it could save your life in a few different ways. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with acute alcohol induced hepatitis and early cirrhosis denied a liver transplant bleeding and infection are risks. On dialysis--prognosis?

Diagnosed with acute alcohol induced hepatitis and early cirrhosis denied a liver transplant bleeding and infection are risks. On dialysis--prognosis?

Still drinking?: Acute liver injury due to alcohol use is unlikely to have a good outcome unless abstinence occurs. That is the only chance of surviving. The kidney injury may improve - insufficient info to respond. Top priority now is alcohol abuse treatment. - for long term prognosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Anne Larson
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Liver Diseases (Definition)

Liver disease = hepatic disorder = condition associated with decreased ...Read more