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Visible Signs Of Heroin Use
Stimulants: Both amphetamines and Cocaine may have similar effects causing increased alertness, increase in heart rate and blood pressure, insomnia and decrease in appetite. When either substance loses effect, the individual may experience fatigue, irritability. An important difference is that Cocaine is habit forming and usually causes a need to increase the dose over time to get the same effect. ...Read more
Depends: Most typical urine drug screens don't test for antidepressants, particularly those done in workplace settings. But in many emergency room setting, urine screens often test for the "older" antidepressants known as tricyclics(think of amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies: People using any drug experience changes in personality, secretiveness, re-arrange their life to avoid being seen when they are "high, " or just having used. If they inject the drug, they develop skin tracks, and often wear long sleeves in warm weather, avoid disrobing. Many people snort or smoke heroin, and this may be harder to detect. In withdrawal, they are anxious, sweaty with dilated pupils. ...Read more
Alcohol withdrawal: Causes nervousness, depression, not being able to think clearly, fatigue, irritability, jumpiness, nightmares, clammy skin, dilated pupils, insomnia, loss of appetite, sweating, rapid heart rate, pallor, tremors, agitation, severe confusion, hallucinations, fever, seizures and death. Do not do this on your own! see an addiction psychiatrist to stop safely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acute vs chronic: The immediate effects of Cocaine are often euphoria and hyperactivity, followed by a period of dysphoria or irritability. Chronic use can lead to depression, mania, or psychosis. There is usually a personality change consistent with drug-seeking behavior. Physical changes can occur, such as weight loss and neglect of personal appearance. ...Read more
What is the healthiest means of using meth snorting, smoking, anal, iv? I know typically none but in means of harm reduction?
Both very addicting: Since "crack" Cocaine is smoked, it gets into the system faster than snorting the powder. The faster it gets into brain, the more intense the high. The speed of smoking crack is about equal to speed of IV injection -- lung vasculature is vast. Also the intensity of crack's high passes more quickly than snorting -- leading to more and more doses to maintain the high. Huge addictiveness with each. ...Read more
Addiction: A harmful pattern of use characterized by tolerance, withdrawal, using more of the substance than intended, persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using, significant periods of time spent using or obtaining the substance at the expense of other major life responsibilities, and continuing to use despite the knowledge of significant adverse effects on your life. ...Read more
Risk mental illness: Research results seem to show that marijuana (pot, mj) can start a person's schizophrenia sooner than if he did not use mj. A teenager (with a brain, neurotransmitters, & receptors not fully developed), especially with a family history of schizophrenia or psychosis, should know his family history and avoid experimenting with mj or other illegal drugs that might have a similar effect on the brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Using Medications: when not in pain, but just because. Enjoy the feeling of the med, Slurred speech, unable to hold conversation, sedated a lot, stealing meds, seeing lots of different doctors and ERs for meds because of fear of withdrawal, and on and on. If you are worried suggest a formal detox program. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Define long-term cocaine use? With rec use during college & months of nonuse in between what's the liklihood of permanent damage? No use since then.
Unable to say: I have seen people who used Cocaine for years on an episodic basis have a heart attack after using the same amount they have always used. I have also seen deaths from apparent cardiac arrhythmias under the same kind of circumstances. Also depends on route of administration - snorting, injecting or smoking. You also don't know what its cut with - levamisole has caused deaths in the us. ...Read more
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