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How Long Is Long Term Alcohol Abuse
Serious as Death: Its extremely serious. Prescription narcotic abuse kills more people that heroin/cocaine abuse. Narcotics are meant to be short term use. Are there some rare exceptions? Of course. Patients with metastatic cancer or burn patients are examples. But even there, it requires an expert touch to avoid doing more harm than good. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Alcohol abuse is reoccuring use of alcoholic beverages despite their negative consequences. It results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Often people who abuse alcohol fail to fulfill their responsibilities and can drink in dangerous situations such as when driving, which gets them into legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can ...Read more
Benzodiazepines?: Maybe you meant to type "benzodiazepines" rather than "benzopines"? If so, the answer depends on which specific medication you mean. Different ones have different half-lives -- some quite long, and others much shorter. If you wonder about a specific medication, please ask again and we'll try to respond helpfully. ...Read more
Not well: Wouldn't do it. Interesting article in neurochem res - april 2013 (http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/23585124) - control of Dopamine 2 receptors in the brain appears to be altered. "this upregulation may contribute to behavioral changes in response to repeated exposure to cocaine." check out www.Pubmed.Gov for more citations. ...Read more
When is baby coming?: Traditionally obs consider a due date to be 40 weeks after the last normal menstrual period (lmp) and a term pregnancy to be 38 to 42 weeks. However, conception occurs approximately two weeks after the lmp. Also many people stick to talking about nine months being the length of pregnancy. Confused? You are not alone. Med students often scratch their heads. Ask your OB at each visit how many weeks. ...Read more
More than 2 weeks: Most problems treated with otc should resolve quickly. ...Read more
Probably not: Liver dysfunction is not listed as a serious or less serious effect of Methadone use. One should always be careful with long term use of medications and have routine follow up and lab studies. Many medications used with Methadone certainly could cause liver dysfunction. Methadone is a very serious medication. Take its use and follow up very seriously. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If used long term: Mood changes (depression) due to alcohol usually clear up once drinking stops. Of course, if drinking doesn't stop, the depression can be ongoing. Severe chronic alcoholism can cause permanent brain damage, which may include depression as a symptom even after drinking stops. ...Read more
Several minutes: It is a part of mental status during the neurologic exam. The test is very simple: ask patient to recall 3 objects (apple, pencil, door) several minutes after the examiner mention them. ...Read more
See a Specialist: You need to see a pain specialist or a drug detox program. Both should be able to get you off the opiates. The fellowship trained pain specialist will have options for you to use or try interventions that may help relieve your pain while coming off opiates. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Alcohol Toxins: It depends. Small cases will go away fairly quickly. Extreme cases can lead to death. Many people do permanent brain damage from chronic overuse of alcohol, which cannot be recovered from. All alcohol, if consumed at all, should be done very moderately. Overuse is never okay. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are risks: The most common of which are weight gain and metabolic syndrome (diabetes with other metabolic changes). Also these carry a black box warning of increasing all cause mortality (but this really applies to the elderly) That being said it can be very effective in the right person and for the right condition. If you are taking it for pain then the risk/benefit may not warrant using this medication ...Read more
Is long term alcohol use a cause for cerebellar atrophy? If stopped, how long with no alcohol will improve it?
Drug addiction is a: Disease. It changes your brain and leads to cravings for the drug. Even after someone has been clean and sober, the addiction does not disappear and there are signs that the brain has been changed. It is important to get help attend aa or na (narcotics anonymous) and psychotherapy to fight the disease. ...Read more
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