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Doctor insights on: Is There A Certain Place On Your Body Where It Is Bad To Shoot Heroin

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How does heroin affect your body?

How does heroin affect your body?

Where to start?: Heroin, if pure (as in England) used with sterile precautions, has same side effects as any other opioid - constipation, respiratory depression if excessive, and producing physical dependency - withdrawal if stopped abruptly. However, non-sterile injected heroin can cause abscesses in skin, brain, lung, bone & heart valves, pulmonary edema and kidney failure, hepB/C, AIDS&other infections. ...Read more

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How long does heroin stay in your body?

How long does heroin stay in your body?

Heroin: The half life of heroin is 8 hours. Generally it take 5 half lives for a drug to be removed from the body. Thus, heroin is metabolized and out of the body in 40 hours if the body is functioning correctly. ...Read more

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What are the main body systems most affected by heroin?

What are the main body systems most affected by heroin?

NIDA website: With lots of details about medical effects of heroin: http://www.Drugabuse.Gov/publications/research-reports/heroin-abuse-addiction. ...Read more

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I need to know what's the effect that heroin gives a person that shoots it up?

I need to know what's the effect that heroin gives a person that shoots it up?

High-dose endorphin: Human beings (and other animals as well) make their own "opioids" during times of stress, when in pain, when exercising and when happy - these are enkephalins and endorphins. Large amounts of these cause an intense euphoria - a "rush" or "high." Heroin is an extremely effective drug that crosses into the brain very quickly and has fewer side effects than morphine, producing this same euphoria. ...Read more

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Can anything bad happen from kissing a heroin user?

Get help: In general, a relationship when a partner is using, ultimately has conflict. Try to get help for this very serious problem. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what happens if one day decided to shoot up heroin, not smoke it or snort it, but inject it. Would this person die ?

Can you tell me what happens if one day decided to shoot up heroin, not smoke it or snort it, but inject it. Would this person die ?

No: Otherwise we would have about a million people who are shooting heroin every day lying on our streets. In my experience, many (even most) people who begin snorting or smoking heroin end up injecting it. Most have the sense to lower the dose they inject, knowing that it is "stronger" when injected iv. Unless the individual uses a larger dose than they are used to, death generally doesn't occur. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is hydrocodone as bad as heroin?

Can you tell me is hydrocodone as bad as heroin?

Relativity: " bad" is a relative term. Are you asking about addiction, purity, side effects, potency, social stigma ? Heroin is the basis of all opiates. If heroin is manufactured under pharmacological quality controls, then there is no issue of purity. In terms of other characteristics, that depends on the user's physiology. ...Read more

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Could shooting heroin in the arm cause arm lymphedema?

Could shooting heroin in the arm cause arm lymphedema?

Potentially: Lymphedema can result from any type of disruption of lymphatic channels: surgery, trauma, and infection are common causes. If the heroin was injected into tissues rather than into the vein, it can incite an inflammatory reaction which alters lymphatic flow. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the negative effects of heroin on your body?

Doctors, what are the negative effects of heroin on your body?

Where to start?: Heroin, if a pure pharmaceutical (as in England) administered with sterile precautions, has same side effects as any other opioid - constipation, respiratory depression if excessive, and producing physical dependency - withdrawal if stopped abruptly. However, non-sterile injected heroin can cause abscesses in skin, brain, lung, bone & heart valves, pulmonary edema and kidney failure, many others. ...Read more

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Will taking tramadol slow down the metabolism of heroin from leaving my body?

Will taking tramadol slow down the metabolism of heroin from leaving my body?

Heroin vs Tramadol?: If heroin is in your body, you should have no need of Tramadol until the heroin is nearly metabolized.Heroin, besides its horrendous psychophysiologic effects, also produces pain relief.I recommend waiting until the heroin has cleared, then trying Tramadol but, truthfully, if your system is used to the strength of heroin, Tramadol is likely to have little pain-relieving effect. ...Read more