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How can you tell if someone is seriously overdosing from an opiate?

How can you tell if someone is seriously overdosing from an opiate?

If you are: worried then confront this individual about your concerns and maybe enter a voluntary detox program. Honesty is very helpful, however be read for a backlash. Many people that are lost in their addiction will be very angry and resentful towards this honesty. If needed, ask their family for help. Lastly, you can even call the authorities if they pose a risk to society or themselves.

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Dr. Richard Pollard
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Can you tell me how can one attain opiates?

Can you tell me how can one attain opiates?

By prescription only: Although one may obtain opiates from illicit dealers, you should not even consider this, due to the legal risks and high chance of adulterated products There is a great controversy among physicians about whether opiates are over or under prescribed, and the consensus is toward the former. And the government encourages this in the name of the "war and drugs." see www.opiatecure.com for more details

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Can you tell me how do I ease my opiate pill withdrawls?

Can you tell me how do I ease my opiate pill withdrawls?

Detox: If no access to dr. You can do various things to ease your pain. Take an nsaid;motrin etc. As directed. Something like chamomile tea for stomach cramps and diarrhea. There are over the counter medications for diarrhea ask the pharmacist. Be as active as you can , intense interest in something should help.Dr.Can give you a set of medicines that should help a great deal and there is suboxone.

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Could you please tell me the bad things about taking opiates?

Could you please tell me the bad things about taking opiates?

Opiate use: They can become addicting if you stop probably have withdrawal symptoms ; generalized pain nausea vomiting diarrhea for a number of days . They lower your testosterone and tend to decrease your sex drive. In high doses they will effect interpersonal relationships and , of course , when abused will cause a state of euphoria. If they get out of hand you can end up in prison and in dept.

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Can you tell me exactly when is it appropriate to use opiates?

Depends: Opiate use has an appropriate place to treat pain when the patient is under the care of a physician who has made the determination that opiates are the first line of treatment. Opiates have a place in the medical treatment of certain pain conditions.

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Will someone tell me, is Paxil (paroxetine) an opiate?

Will someone tell me, is Paxil (paroxetine) an opiate?

See below: Paxil (paroxetine) is a lselective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssris) and is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety. If you have questions about your medications, you also should discuss that with your prescribing provider and/or pharmacist.

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How do benzos counteract opiates in overdoses ?

How do benzos counteract opiates in overdoses ?

They don't: Benzodiazepines do not counteract opiates at all. In fact their sedative effect adds to that of opiates, and makes respiratory depression (stopping breathing) more likely. Very dangerous combination.

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Will a drug test tell the differance between opiates?

Depends on the type: Of test. Most commonly tests are screening tests that only look for any opiate. Mass spectrometry can differentiate different type of opiates.

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I have opiate and alcohol overdose, should I be concerned?

I have opiate and alcohol overdose, should I be concerned?

Goodness, yes!: The combination of opiates and alcohol can be deadly, especially in overdose. Please get to an emergency room asap. Do not drive yourself. Call 911 if you have to. If using these medications often, you may be addicted as well, and need help for that too.

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Can you tell me about drug test showing positive for opiates?

What's to tell: If the test is done correctly - a positive screening test followed by more sophisticated confirmatory tests, which if positive has close to a 100% accuracy that the person used opiates. The only "false" positive is with poppy seeds, which actually have a chemical related to morphine in them, and produce tiny quantities of morphine after metabolism. They should be avoided before testing.

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Opiates and neurotransmitters, can you tell me the connection?

Opiates and neurotransmitters, can you tell me the connection?

Many connections: The body makes its own opioids - endorphins, enkephalins and other substances (like substance P) that are themselves neurotransmitters in the pain system, and plus they cause release of others, particularly dopamine as well, which causes the euphoria and sense of well-being. Morphine and related drugs, plus synthetics like methadone, act on the same receptors our own opioids act on, but more so.

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Please tell me if it is safe to take Suboxone approximately 10 hours after opiate usage?

Use as prescribed: If this is what your doctor suggested you should follow his or her recommendation. 10 hours is usually okay if the opiate is short acting and may need to wait longer if its a long acting opiate. As a general rule you want to be experiencing moderate withdrawals which your doctor can discuss with you. Good luck.

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Could you tell me if one 4mg dose of Suboxone was taken, how long until opiates become effective?

Suboxone: It's not recommended to mix suboxone and opiates. I advised you seeing your doctors immediately to get guidance about suboxone.

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Is there any test that docs can perform to tell the differences of what kinds of opiates you have in your system?

Yes: Yes, although it can take a while. Most clinics and doctor's offices use an on-site urine or saliva screen for certain drugs and medications. What is gained in having quick results is occasionally lost with accuracy. Thus, sometimes the urine is sent out to a lab-- it is there that they can tell the difference between the different opiates among many others. The lab very rarely makes errors.

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Can you tell me how someone kick an opiate addiction?

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

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

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/.

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

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.

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Can you tell me for example if someone is on pain meds, say codeine based or whatever, opiates. will they show as up readings of illegal drugs?

Can you tell me for example if someone is on pain meds, say codeine based or whatever, opiates. will they show as up readings of illegal drugs?

Tests can't tell the: difference, they only can say what chemicals are present. There is a specific metabolite of heroin that can be detected in urine tests within 1-2 days of use, but otherwise, no matter whether the person is using prescribed or street drugs, what shows up are Codeine and morphine, and several intermediate products, depending on what drug you are on. If you have a valid prescription,it isn't illegal

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What do doctors do to help opiates, overdose, withdrawals?

What do doctors do to help opiates, overdose, withdrawals?

Med Supervision: Addiction medicine specialists help guide and support patients through withdrawal, sometimes administering other drugs to alleviate symptoms or help assure safe passage through the possible discomfort. Find one in your area :).

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