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Doctor insights on: How To Avoid Addiction When Using Pain Meds

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Opaite.Addiction /sedative medicines. How can I get help to refrain from not using. My cravings are very strong. Can the doctors prescribe something?

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

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Addiction (Definition)

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


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How can I avoid withdrawls from narcotic pain medication?

How can I avoid withdrawls from narcotic pain medication?

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 more

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How do I manage the pain of bruxism safely? I'm giving up on trying to stop the habit.

How do I manage the pain of bruxism safely? I'm giving up on trying to stop the habit.

A few ideas: Bruxism Maagement (http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2066277-overview#aw2aab6b7) Options include: Appliance therapy, occlusal treatment, medications, relaxation and behavioral strategies, Sleep hygiene. See TMJ expert. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Tramadol withdrawal. How long to get thru and what to use to stop extreme restless legs.

Tramadol withdrawal. How long to get thru and what to use to stop extreme restless legs.

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

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Best way to avoid constipation when taking oxycodone?

Best way to avoid constipation when taking oxycodone?

Yes: All narcotics can cause constipation. Keep up on your fluids. Drink plenty of water. Use a mild stool softener like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) which is over the counter while actually on the drug. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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How can I break up drinking caffeine to avoid dependence and becoming addicted it?

How can I break up drinking caffeine to avoid dependence and becoming addicted it?

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

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Can cutting or burning yourself to help with emotional pain become addictive? I'm having a really hard time stopping.

Can cutting or burning yourself to help with emotional pain become addictive? I'm having a really hard time stopping.

See below: The cutting releases Dopamine and endorphins just like any drug. That's why it becomes a stress reliever and potentially addictive. ...Read more

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Why do people use chocolate when seeking drug or alcohol fix for addiction and alcoholism?

Why do people use chocolate when seeking drug or alcohol fix for addiction and alcoholism?

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

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How do I easily taper off suboxone? ...To avoid much withdrawals... Anything else (non narcotic) i can take to help?

How do I easily taper off suboxone? ...To avoid much withdrawals... Anything else (non narcotic) i can take to help?

Work with your doc: Work with the doctor or clinic that is giving you the suboxone to get yourself on a safe wean down program for you. ...Read more

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Is chamomile a safe way to help manage anxiety? Not taking any anxiety meds and trying to avoid them.

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

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How do I get help to not stop smoking marijuana for depression when meds and therapy didn't work?

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 more

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What's it like to diet using insulin and how do you avoid overdose?

What's it like to diet using insulin and how do you avoid overdose?

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

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How can I help my friends to quit their drug addiction and alcohol problem?

How can I help my friends to quit their drug addiction and alcohol problem?

It's. Their problem: U can't do it 4 them--help is available but they have to see the need-- try not 2 emable--let them take the consequences of their addictions. ...Read more

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How can I calm down without the use of meds.

How can I calm down without the use of meds.

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