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I Want To Quit Drinking Alcohol On My Own
Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more
With dedication: First, you realize you have a problem, then with dedication and a lot of support from friends and family, you start the journey of quitting. Therapy may help, aa meeting are very beneficial, in severe cases, some medications can help with a doctors supervision. ...Read more
No: Not really, not that i know of. The thing about medications which are fda approved means that the fda has proven that a medication is both safe and effective for a particular condition. There are now three fda approved medications for alcohol dependence. They are campral, Revia (naltrexone) and antabuse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible, but...: Usually it is the other way around. Alcohol can kill your interest in sex (or at least your performance), & often stopping drinking --> regaining interest in lots of things including sex. Perhaps the emotions that are coming up, if numbed by alcohol, are now interfering with your sex drive. If you are in a program, ask about this. If not, seek a therapist who specializes in early recovery. ...Read more
Hello Doctor!For the past 13 months that I was diagnosed of fatty liver,i still experience pains in my right chest.I hv quit drinking alcohol at same time and also exercising plus healthy feeding.The last time I carried out a Liver function was test was l
Congratulations!: Stay sober, it will make a big difference - feel proud! Also, continue to have appropriate checkups and ask about the results, advice, expectations, etc. Depending on the level of prior damage, you may always need to be careful or you may be nearly fine. Find out. I hope you can enjoy a good life! ...Read more
Husband quit drinking alcohol a month ago and skin itches, keeps him up at night even when taking antihistamine. Related to quitting drinking?
Not expected.: Alcohol usually worsens itching unless one has drunk oneself into a semi-stupor. Not all itching is induced by histamine and thus it may not work at all. Dry skin is the most common cause for itching without a rash, consider applying a moisturizer <3 mins after bathing to see if this helps. Make sure that no new medication or supplement was introduced shortly before the onset of itching. ...Read more
Hi I have quit drinking alcohol use to drink up to 60 units weekly. Taken up coffee two cups daily. Will this have a good affect on my liver ?
Probably.: Research has shown that 1-2 cups of coffee per day can be useful in various types of liver inflammation. I feel that you are doing your liver more of a service by having stopped abusing alcohol, however. If you have continued concerns for your liver, your primary care doctor can do blood tests that will give a good idea whether you are having any liver problems at this time. Good luck. ...Read more
I recently quit drinking alcohol and am taking up more exercise. This month my period is brigher and a bit lighter, is this a normal reaction?
How accurate are liver function tests? I have quit drinking alcohol all tests are normal but I have liver pain. Ultrasound clear too. Thanks
Liver Pain?: Did someone tell you your pain is due to the liver? Did you have a CT scan? Is the gallbladder normal on ultrasound? It could be a couple other things such as stomach ulcer which sometimes feels like right upper abdominal pain, or gas pain from the colon in that region. You can message me directly if you would like to get a better answer. ...Read more
I see my heart beat more then just feel it. I quit drinking alcohol completely about two months ago and have had very bad anxiety almost constantly as?
Not too surprising: This phenomenon of being able to see your chest rise & fall with your heart's beating is not uncommon. It can be particularly noticeable with you are lying on your back. Withdrawal from alcohol can result in physical symptoms such as more rapid & forceful heart beats. By now, it should be improving. See your doctor for help with your anxiety. Resist temptation to return to alcohol to help it! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Urination & bowel problems...Extreme..Can't sleep...Cramps on left side just quit drinking alcohol 6 days ago
60% VA disabled for my back. I take hydrocodone 10-325 4x
for pain daily. I quit drinking alcohol 3 years ago. I have moderate heptic steatosis, Liver 16.3 midclavicular line. Is this too much acetaminophen daily or ask for just Oxycodone,Age64?
Should be ok: Best thing for hepatic steatosis is weight loss and a low-fat diet. Congrats on quitting alcohol - that is a great step as well. You can ask your doctor about giving you a formulation of pain med with less acetaminophen if you're worried but as long as you do not go over 3 grams of acetaminophen from all sources, you should be ok. This is assuming you have normal liver enzymes and no cirrhosis. ...Read more
What are the dangers of taking blood thinners and drinking alcohol? I was recently diagnosed with afib and prescribed prodaxa and haven't completely quit drinking
It kills many things: Including damaging the cells in our body that fight infection - the 2 kinds of white blood cells that eat up bacteria and viruses (granulocytes) and the kind that make antibodies (lymphocytes). Alcoholics get more infections than most people, often with very dangerous and difficult-to-treat germs. Alcohol in your bloodstream does not kill bacteria, it kills your ability to combat them. ...Read more
Doesn't matter: Social drinking does nor effect the drugs used for treatment of either problem. Overdoing it might lead to new exposures and different STD's. ...Read more
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