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How To Avoid Addiction When Using Pain Meds
Opaite.Addiction /sedative medicines. How can I get help to refrain from not using. My cravings are very strong. Can the doctors prescribe something?
See pain specialist: It seems that you are dependent on two classes of medications, and the combined effects if at too high a dose, could be very dangerous. Yes, physicians who specialize in pain management, such as physiatrists or anesthesiologists, can help substantially, and relieve your urges. You might seek help locally at Univ of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. ...Read more
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
Not Reliably..: You may minimize these symptoms by withdrawing slowly, preferably under the direction of a health care professional. He/she may suggest replacement medications within the context of your medical profile and current circumstances. Long-time users, people with long-term and ongoing pain control issues, and those with chronic diseases do not allow for a simple answer to this question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm addicted to oxycontin Im trying very hard to stop it, I used to take up to 300 mg daily
Does methadone works to stop the withdrawal symptoms?
Yes: Glad you recognize the addiction and seek to help. Methadone is a very long acting opioid,,so it will replace the OxyContin at the receptor, and prevent withdrawal. But see an addiction specialist to learn other ways to be treated with Meds and counseling which prevent withdrawal and help you to. It return to,OxyContin. I wish you well in this endeavor ...Read more
What can I do to make detoxing from painkillers easier . Is there any over-the-counter meds that i can use to help with withdrawal symptoms?
See a doctor: First of all congratulations for making the first step of recognizing you have a problem and wanting to do something about it. As far as withdrawal, it really depends on specifically what and how much you have been using. It is better to taper rather than going cold turkey. A doctor can also help you get connected to a support system so you can stay off. Keep up the good work. ...Read more
Tramadol addiction: This is now recognized as a common addiction and many people in drug rehab are there for tramadol. This physical symptom when you are detoxing from it is very common also. Your doctor may want to put you on something for the acute withdrawal restless leg or other extremity symptoms. I think this can last for one to two weeks. ...Read more
How long does it take to get physically add. To pain meds & would it help to switch from opiates to muscle relaxers to relieve chronic lower back pain?
Physical Dependence: Is not addiction and is a normal consequence of chronic opiate use. Addiction is marked by compulsive and uncontrolled use with preoccupation and adverse consequences. A withdrawal syndrome with discontinuation does not imply addiction. Discuss your concerns with your doctor. Non-opiates like muscle relaxants and snri's can help reduce your reliance on opiates to a limited extent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Caffeine Dependence: I commend you for your desire for avoiding dependence on Caffeine. Do not be VICTIM of strong desire to take Caffeine or Craving. Become Captain over your cravings causing anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, insomnia, stomach irritation, increased heart rate Limit intake to maximum of 300 mg/day; gradually decrease it; Feel good about your control. Use different Teas Daily exercise, Nature walks, ...Read more
Can cutting or burning yourself to help with emotional pain become addictive? I'm having a really hard time stopping.
Feels good: There are substances in chocolate which actually can stimulate the pleasure centers in one's brain so a person feels better after eating chocolate. Everything in moderation is usually sound advice as far as chocolate is concerned. I love chocolate and always have, but i know i can't eat it all the time or too much or i'll become fat. ...Read more
How do I easily taper off suboxone? ...To avoid much withdrawals... Anything else (non narcotic) i can take to help?
Is chamomile a safe way to help manage anxiety? Not taking any anxiety meds and trying to avoid them.
None medical treatme: Anxiety can be treated with psychotherapy techniques that are very successful. Treatments can include; relaxation, cognitive behavioral or systematic desensitization techniques. Drugs should be used as the last resort not the first. Also your anxiety may be a symptom of something else. Do psychotherapy. ...Read more
How do I get help to not stop smoking marijuana for depression when meds and therapy didn't work?
Will power training: If one's long term goal is adopting a healthy life style to improve overall health and well-being and resiliency, it is possible to change habitual patterms by enhancing the executive function of one's brain. The book by kelly mcgonigal the will power instinct is very helpful work with it chapter by chapter and commit to the training for 5 minutes at least 3 times a day every day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diabetes educators: Please discuss this with a certified diabetes educator or your doctor. Oftentimes, Insulin is prescribed based on patient weight, regimented diet or a patient may be given a sliding scale, or an insulin/carbohydrate ratio if taking short acting insulin. Your diabetes specialist will know how to adjust Insulin doses for dietary/exercise changes to help avoid hypoglycemia. ...Read more
Be Calm: Many things help to calm us. Exercise relaxes muscles, aids blood flow, and improves body image as does yoga. Keeping awareness grounded in the present helps because anxiety exists mainly in apprehensions about the future. Facing unpleasantness directly, talking to calm people, fixing broken things, and following routines all create a sense of well-being. ...Read more
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