Top
20
Doctor insights on: Meth Use

Share
1

1
How will methamphetamine drug use affect teeth?

How will methamphetamine drug use affect teeth?

Many reasons: "meth mouth" is caused by a combination of grinding teeth, dry mouth, bad oral hygiene, and increased sugared soda intake, all of which are side effects of methamphetamine addiction. Meth, like all "uppers" makes the body edgy and tight. The cost of prison dental care has exploded since meth became common. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/meth/body/. ...Read more

2

2
Dose meth use affect sperm?

Dose meth use affect sperm?

Methamphetamine?: or methadone? Will assume the former, and the answer is yes. Methamphetamine has been found, at least in heavier users, to reduce sperm count and increase the normal of spermatozoa with abnormal morphology. This could potentially translate into both reduced fertility and increase in fathering children with potential genetic defects. If this is you, get help and stop. Treatment can work. ...Read more

3

3
Do drug addicts use de-tox tea ?

Do drug addicts use de-tox tea ?

No: It is a tea sold and promoted to cleanse your body of toxins and does not detox from the drugs, and is not used by drug addicts. ...Read more

5

5
How is meth use treated?

How is meth use treated?

NA or CA: Consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous or Cocaine anonymous. ...Read more

6

6
Can I use expired nicotine patches?

Can I use expired nicotine patches?

No: Companies do not test expired samples so it may make you sick, lose their potency, or just not work at all. Better to be safe than sorry. ...Read more

7

7
Can I use any illegal drugs while on antabuse (disulfiram)?

Can I use any illegal drugs while on antabuse (disulfiram)?

No: Not unless you want to have a new addiction. Clearly you are taking this med for problems related to alcohol. Replacing that with a new substance will very likely result in cross addiction. Get healthy support. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
How does meth use effect hypothyroidism medication?

How does meth use effect hypothyroidism medication?

It really doesn't: Except for the fact that levothyroxine should be taken on an empty stomach in the morning for consistent absorption, there is really no interaction between taking Methadone or methamphetamine (whichever you were talking about when you said "meth." here on the east coast, meth = methadone. As far as methamphetamine use goes, better not to use it at all, obviously! ...Read more

9

9
Are portable vaporizers safer to use to smoke marijuana?

Are portable vaporizers safer to use to smoke marijuana?

Yes: Vaporizing marijuana releases the medicinally active cannabinoids without burning the plant releasing toxic byproducts of combustion that can be respiratory irritants. See http://www.Canorml.Org/health/vaporizers and http://www.Recoverytoday.Net/articles/457-marijuana-vaporization. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
12

12
Are electronic cigarettes safe to use to quit smoking?

Are electronic cigarettes safe to use to quit smoking?

No one knows: To my knowledge and review of this topic, no one knows since no one had done a controlled clinical trial of these products. If you use them and do not smoke, it seems intuitive it "might" help a person, but doctors cannot recommend them legally since we just do not know from accurate research data if they are safe. Would stink if in 5 years we learn they cause more heart attacks than cholesterol. ...Read more

13

13
Did anyone successfully quit smoking using the drug champix?

Did anyone successfully quit smoking using the drug champix?

Yes. Many people do: Many people quit smoking when prescribed chantix. However, they must be warned the possibility of developing depression and suicidal thinking while taking chantix, especially if they have a history of depression or any other psychiatric illness. I have found it quite useful in my practice but i make it very clear to my patients they have to stop that if they develop any worsening of their mood or any suicidal thinking. ...Read more

14

14
What medication do drug addicts use to detox off drugs besides librium and buprenorphine, ?

What medication do drug addicts use to detox off drugs besides librium and buprenorphine, ?

The kitchen sink: Suppose you mean from opiates/narcotics...Clonidine, ssri's, snri's, tca's, antiepileptics, antispasmodics, non-steroidals, non-bzd and rarely bzd sesative-hypnotics, atypical antipsychotics, vitamins and homeopathic remedies can all be tried. Some try low dose naltrexone. But medications alone are not the answer. Its a war, you send in all the branches. Medication is just one of them. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
Does recreational use always lead to addiction?

Does recreational use always lead to addiction?

Always? No: But everybody who is a addicted started out as a recreational user. Generally in life and in medicine you never want to say 'always', and you never want to say 'never' . There will always be exceptions. It also makes a difference what recreational drug you are talking about. Some are more likely to be addicting than others. And of course some people are more likely to be addicted than other people. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
16

16
Can one time experimental use of cocaine make you addicted?

Can one time experimental use of cocaine make you addicted?

Coke is no Joke: Unfortunately, the answer is yes and so is the possibility of death from overdose. Anyone considering experimentation with this drug should seriously reconsider and stop! in some succeptible individuals receptors in the brain (as with nicotine) can cause addiction relatively quickly after use. The physical need is surpassed by the psychological need and your hooked. Be kind to your mind! ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
Is cocaine, or heroin hardest to quit?

Is cocaine, or heroin hardest to quit?

Both!: It depends on what your body responds to the most. Both drugs are highly addictive and both are extremely difficult to stop using. One body may respond more to one of the substances and another body to the other one. However, neither drug is something to fool around with because of the detrimental effects on the body, brain and life of the addict. ...Read more

18

18
How do people use Suboxone to control opiate addiction?

How do people use  Suboxone to control opiate addiction?

Buprenorphine helps: Buprenorphine (suboxone) is used as a medication for detoxification and/or maintenance for opiate addiction. It works by binding to the opiate receptors, providing partial stimulation to these receptors, but not causing a high. Buprenorphine also blocks other opiate medications from acting on the receptor, so the addict is not able to get high while taking this medication. Mutual support helps. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
19

19
What are your thoughts on medicinal marijuana use and use of prescription marijuana pills?

What are your thoughts on medicinal marijuana use and use of prescription marijuana pills?

Very different: Marijuana is not a medication; it is not standardized in dose and has not been subjected to rigorous testing as with any medication. "marijuana pills", by which i assume you mean thc or marinol, may have medical uses, and it is standardized in dose and has been subjected to rigorous testing. ...Read more

20

20
Is crystal meth addictive from only using it once?

Is crystal meth addictive from only using it once?

Possibly: It not a sure thing, but there is a possibility you could become addicted from using meth one time, similar to cocaine. ...Read more