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Doctor insights on: Narcotic Addiction

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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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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Will blood tests show liver damage with narcotic addiction?

Will blood tests show liver damage with narcotic addiction?

Depends on chemical: It depends on the chemical and adulterants in the chemical that are being consumed. Often it may not be the chemical itself but other issues related to addiction, e.G, hepatitis, nutritional deficiencies, and concomitant alcohol abuse that may cause liver abnormalities. ...Read more

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Where to find pain management after opioid/opiate/narcotic addiction.?

Where to find pain management after opioid/opiate/narcotic addiction.?

Academic program: Treating pain in people who have had problems with opioids usually requires a referral center pain program which can 1) use procedures, such as nerve blocks, facet blocks and other techniques (TENS units etc) 2) use other medications, like anticonvulsants and certain cardiac meds that can also reduce pain and 3) help with a pain psychologist to assist you in managing pain through your own ability. ...Read more

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What is the best pain management after opioid/opiate/narcotic addiction.?

Impossible to say: depends on the kind of pain, on your specific history, and what has, or hasn't worked (or been tried) in the past. I strongly recommend that anyone with addiction history get pain management from a pain clinic which has a multidisciplinary staff (including anesthesiologists, internists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and addiction specialists), usually at a referral center. ...Read more

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What can I do for pain management after opioid/opiate/narcotic addiction?

What can I do for pain management after opioid/opiate/narcotic addiction?

Pain Management : Options may include interventional pain management procedures, non-opioid analgesics, non-opioid neuropathic pain medications, physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, home exercise, tens, traction, acupuncture, and much more. ...Read more

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Is there an appropriate way to request narcotics, so that the dr.'s can see it's pain related and not an addiction?

No, r u an addict?: Most physicians try to understand what is causing the pain, and treat that problem. If you are more concerned about getting narcotics , then stopping the pain, red flags go up. There are many treatments for pain. Just resorting to narcotics suggests an addiction issue. ...Read more

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My wife has reoccurring shingles on neck and scalp. She has acyclovir . She takes Suboxone for narc addiction. What is best non narcotic prescription?

My wife has reoccurring shingles on neck and scalp. She has acyclovir . She takes Suboxone for narc addiction. What is best non narcotic prescription?

Shingles: Just be aware that some people might suggest tramadol. Tramadol will not work if your on suboxone. Otherwise it really would be a matter of trial and error working with your doctor. I'm sorry but i would believe there's no general precise answer to your problem. ...Read more

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What are the most addictive narcotics?

What are the most addictive narcotics?

OxyContin : Very high on the list in us. When people take narcotics for pain, they are unlikely to become addictive to the drug. However, narcotics gives an intoxicated high when use in high doses. Also powerful anxiety reliever. Dilaudid, heroin, vicodin, Duragesic (fentanyl) other powerful narcotic that induced rapid addiction if use for other reason than pain. Close follow up with physician important. ...Read more

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Is there any safe prescription painkillers that are not narcotic/addictive?

Yes: There are several options available that are non narcotic. Options range from aleve, celebrex, (celecoxib) vioxx to toradol. These are nsaids (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). You should check with your healthcare provider to see which one is most appropriate. ...Read more

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Is hydrocodone ibuprofone a narcotic in the vicoden category and is it addictive and is dangerous when used for anxiety purposes?

Is hydrocodone ibuprofone a narcotic in the vicoden category and is it addictive and is dangerous when used for anxiety purposes?

They are: the same narcotic, is addicting, and also the other ingredient can harm you if used chronically or excessively, it is an analgesic not intended for anxiety ...Read more

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Natural things that can control anxiety and panic attacks. Im not a fan of narcotics or anything addictive. Dr. Says its severe but i want natural?

Natural things that can control anxiety and panic attacks.  Im not a fan of narcotics or anything addictive.  Dr. Says its severe but i want natural?

Exposure therapy: There is a lot of validation for treatments that involve gradually increased exposure to the symptoms of panic coupled with relaxation training. Ssri meds are often prescribed for anxiety as well as for depression, but you can also learn how to manage, decrease, & sometimes completely eliminate the problem by working with a therapist who specializes in exposure-based therapy for panic. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with fyofacial pain disorder, what kind of doctor can control my pain? I am uninsured, so a pain management clinic is out of the question, and my doctor is unable to prescribe narcotic drugs for pain. I understand the addictive prope

I have been diagnosed with fyofacial pain disorder, what kind of doctor can control my pain? I am uninsured, so a pain management clinic is out of the question, and my doctor is unable to prescribe narcotic drugs for pain. I understand the addictive prope

Physiatrist: Often times a physiatrist, or physical medicine doctor can make good rehabilitation recommendations. Even a session or two with a physical therapists (you will need a prescription) can be a way to get some tips for home exercise and stretching. Also, I am assuming you meant myofascial pain disorder? Good luck. ...Read more

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I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?

I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?

Could be anything: Getting "high" usually includes a sense of euphoria and decreased inhibition. The symptoms you describe could be from abuse of almost anything or even represent an underlying medical or psychological condition. Have you talked to her about getting help? Also, not to be judgemental, but i hope you are not on all 3 of the medications on your profile at the same time. Opiates can be addictive. ...Read more

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Is addiction a disease?

Is addiction a disease?

Yes.: Addiction is a family disease, affecting the person who is using and all of the people who are close to the one who is using. ...Read more

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Is addiction hereditary?

Is addiction hereditary?

Yes: About 50 percent of addiction is attributred to heredity. For some indivuduals this may be a higher percentage for others that develop addiction it may be lower. Usually heredity must cross with life circumstances, trauma, high stress, lack of coping skills, . Or even exposure to high amounts of a substance over time will change brain 'chemistry' and increase risk of addiction independent of genes. ...Read more

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How is addiction a disease?

Impossible: To teach all here . With substance abuse, your brain cells change. Stop the substance and you get very sick, and some, can die. Example: alcohol wd (withdrawal), and benzo (valium like drugs)wd both can kill you. Its why jails are not allowed to keep these addicts but must admit to hosptal for safe detox, then jail. The body, esp brain cells change in an addict. Requires treatment. Google abam. ...Read more

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What causes food addiction?

What causes food addiction?

Like other addict.: Latest research suggests that the underlying mechanisms of food addiction are likely similar to other substances like drugs& alcohol. Especially rich sugary foods can cause spikes in dopamine which is very reinforcing to the body and leads to seeking out more of the food to get that boost again. ...Read more

Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more