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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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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