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Doctor insights on: Heroin Interactions

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Why can't I quit heroin?

Why can't I quit heroin?

Addiction to Heroin: Your brain has receptors that when given an opioid medication, heroin, morphine, hydrocodone, will be stimulated, which causes as cascade of Dopamine down the "reward pathway." for some individuals this is very strong, and they crave multiple doses and stronger doses, leading to addiction. A supportive treatment program that includes detox can get you going the right direction. ...Read more

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How does heroin affect your body?

How does heroin affect your body?

Where to start?: Heroin, if pure (as in England) used with sterile precautions, has same side effects as any other opioid - constipation, respiratory depression if excessive, and producing physical dependency - withdrawal if stopped abruptly. However, non-sterile injected heroin can cause abscesses in skin, brain, lung, bone & heart valves, pulmonary edema and kidney failure, hepB/C, AIDS&other infections. ...Read more

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Could heroin have any medical uses?

Afraid not ...: The risk to benefit ratio is way too big. ...Read more

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What are the effects of using heroin?

What are the effects of using heroin?

Too many to count: Pure pharmaceutical heroin does what any other opioid would do - reduce pain, produce sedation and euphoria, and if the dose is too high - cause stupor, coma and ultimately respiratory failure and death. However, heroin found in US is NOT pure or sterile, and contaminants and unsterile use (with needle/works sharing) result in infections like hep B/C, AIDS, as well as severe addiction/dependency. ...Read more

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How long does heroin stay in your body?

How long does heroin stay in your body?

Heroin: The half life of heroin is 8 hours. Generally it take 5 half lives for a drug to be removed from the body. Thus, heroin is metabolized and out of the body in 40 hours if the body is functioning correctly. ...Read more

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What sorts of effects does heroin have?

What sorts of effects does heroin have?

Effects: Simple answer. .. Nothing good. All bad and no good. From distorted veins, to loss of family, your own dignity, Jobs and responsibilities, to stealing and robbing on to bigger crimes Not talking of your own health ramifications which are too numerous to count. ...Read more

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What can help with withdraw from heroin?

What can help with withdraw from heroin?

Time...and meds: The symptoms will subside with time. There are medications that can help with the symptoms, including clonidine, antiemetics, and antispasmodics. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What do I do to get off heroin for good?

What do I do to get off heroin for good?

Detox & Treatment: First, get help to safely withdraw from heroin. Then get involved in treatment and support groups. Heroin anonymous is a 12 step group for people addicted to heroin. Group therapy for addiction helps. In addition, there are medications for opioid dependence (including heroin)--naltrexone, methadone, and buprenorphine--that can help in the long or short-term. Keep trying! ...Read more