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When should you go to ER for opiate withdraw? My husband going thru withdraw causes his blood sugar to go up & down & to have grand male seizures.

When should you go to ER for opiate withdraw? My husband going thru withdraw causes his blood sugar to go up & down & to have grand male seizures.

Seek medical help: Sounds like you are experienced with opiate withdrawal issues. You should get help from your er or your family physician. The signs and symptoms of opiate withdrawal can be very dramatic and frightening. Frequently if you work with your physician or a de-tox center, they can come up with a plan of weaning off of the opiates. ...Read more

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Opiates (Definition)

Opiates are a type of drug including pain medicines like morphine and ...Read more


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How can a long term opiate addict kick the habit?

How can a long term opiate addict kick the habit?

See a Specialist: You need to see a pain specialist or a drug detox program. Both should be able to get you off the opiates. The fellowship trained pain specialist will have options for you to use or try interventions that may help relieve your pain while coming off opiates. ...Read more

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What do you give an opiate addict for severe pain?

What do you give an opiate addict for severe pain?

Opioid Addiction: It depends what kind of pain is being treated and at what level it is being addressed. Body develops tolerance to opoiods so the requirements gradually increase. Usually the dose needs to be ibcreased. Dilaudid ior Oxycontin are strong and last resorts. ...Read more

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How can a heavy opiate addict of 9 years quit cold turkey?

How can a heavy opiate addict of 9 years quit cold turkey?

YOU CAN;'T: You need to be weaned from your opiate slowly. If you quit cold turkey you can go through opiate withdrawl which can be quite unpleasant. Sometimes some medications can be used to help with opiate cravings. In any case, your body needs to slowly get used to not having the opiate in your system, the same way it would if you were trying to no longer use nicotine or caffeine. ...Read more

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Is toridol an opiate and addictive. Can an addict use this drug?

Is toridol an opiate and addictive. Can an addict use this drug?

Toradol?: Toradol (ketorolac) belongs to a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Advil and Aleve are in that group. Ketorolac works by reducing inflammation and pain in the body. It is used short-term to treat moderate to severe pain. An addict should already have a doctor monitoring all her medications and prescriptions, and can check for any reasons to avoid Toradol. ...Read more

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Opiate recovering addict relapsed on bottle of wine, what do I do?

Relapse: Anyone wishes that they would not relapse. But it is a very common part of the problem. We cannot expect perfection of ourselves or others. This not the end of the world. This is the beauty of "a day at a time." get back to the system you were using. The bright side is you didn't take opiates. You will see I often say that it's not the drug it's why you use the drug. Deal with the triggers. ...Read more

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Which type of opiate addict (wether severe or mild) should probably not use suboxone?

Addict: All opioid addicts can be placed on suboxone. The issue is concurrent use of other illicit substances like cocaine, etc.... ...Read more

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Addict for a year, what should I expect with the intensity and duration of opiate withdrawals?

Addict for a year, what should I expect with the intensity and duration of opiate withdrawals?

About a week: Withdrawal from narcotics is not life threatening. Symptoms are similar to a severe case of the flu and resolve in about a week. Your dependence on narcotics will then be over; however, addiction is a psychological disorder and is much more complex. I would recommend you seek assistance from a psychiatrist or addictionologist for continued treatment. Stay determined. I wish you the best of luck. ...Read more

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I have been an opiate addict for more than 15 years. I takenaltrexone, Suboxone and attend aa. I fail at everythingi do. Am I done?

Your mind & body: In addiction, your mind tells you stories that are simply not true. ("i fail at everything I do, " etc.) you are alive and breathing, so there is more right with you than otherwise. Addiction to opiates can also bring physical withdrawal when you stop. No one needs to do this alone. Aa & na will continue to work with you as long as you work with them. Lapses are usual, and do not mean failure. ...Read more

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If I'm a known drug addict, will I be prescribed opiates?

Unlikely: Prescribing opiates, which are potentially addictive, may harm a person who is known to already be addicted to drugs by reinforcing addictive behavior. ...Read more

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A jerk. I'm not some hardcore drug addict, I just enjoy opiates sometimes. Is that an issue?

A jerk. I'm not some hardcore drug addict, I just enjoy opiates sometimes. Is that an issue?

Yes, can be: If you're using opiates for any other purpose than what they're medically intended for, yes this can be "an issue." opiates are controlled substances because they can be habit forming and dangerous if misused. Also, the self-absorption one can develop with addiction can indeed make one behave like "a jerk" to others in life. ...Read more

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I've been an opiate addict for six years. Quitting cold turkey scares me, but I don't want to be stuck on Suboxone forever. What's the best choice?

Suboxone: This is the proverbial rock and a hard place. Not a lot of options. If you can stick with it. If you have the time and the money and support that's the best. There is a cocktail of no opiate medicines that will help you through much of this including Clonidine and sedatives. Otherwise Suboxone is an excellent choice and it helps stabilize you and keep you from using again. ...Read more

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Under MD's care, tried Subox after 20 yrs on opiates. Insur won't cover, down $2K aft 4 RXs. Bupe not reducing pain, now branded an addict. Options?

Under MD's care, tried Subox after 20 yrs on opiates. Insur won't cover, down $2K aft 4 RXs. Bupe not reducing pain, now branded an addict. Options?

Pain management: Meet with a pain management specialist to plan a program to wean off pain medications using non drug techniques. No one should have to live opiate dependent. ...Read more

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I am a recovering opiate addict, im clean 2 years now but I went back on subutex recently due to a custody battle n I don't want to relapse. Is thisok?

Good for you!: It's a good thing to hear that you want to protect the hard work you did. Hopefully, this will not set you back. Re-connect with whatever helped you to get clean and strengthen your resolve. Move forward and remember that the hardest time is behind you. I wish you well. If you need more support - either find some near you or recontact our professionals here. Peace. ...Read more

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Can you explain why aren't opiate addicts treated with natural remedies?

Can you explain why aren't opiate addicts treated with natural remedies?

They don't work: The neurobiology of addiction is becoming clearer as science progresses. Natural deme dies don't work. ...Read more

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I'm currently detoxing off of 5 mg liquid methadone (i was at 120 mg) this is the 3rd day and I am in immense pain. Any help I was at 120 mg 3 months ago... Detoxed all the way down to 5 mg... Was on liquid methadone for 2+ years and an opiate addict for

I'm currently detoxing off of 5 mg liquid methadone (i was at 120 mg) this is the 3rd day and I am in immense pain. Any help I was at 120 mg 3 months ago... Detoxed all the way down to 5 mg... Was on liquid methadone for 2+ years and an opiate addict for

Opioid addiction: The most important thing to address is your opioid addiction with a professional. Weaning yourself of opioids may lead to far more problem in the process.
Clarity detox (ioot) is a great program to assist you to get clean and stay clean.
Get your life back! ...Read more

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Is it common for doctors to prescribe Suboxone for mild to sometimes very moderate chronic back pain. I'm not an opiate addict. Are they peddling it?

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Suboxone: That depends on the doctors specialty, their level of comfort, and their experience with the medication. ...Read more

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I am a current addict to smoking herion. I relapse due to emotions. On Suboxone. But can opiates help maintain depression? No one understands me.

I am a current addict to smoking herion. I relapse due to emotions. On Suboxone. But can opiates help maintain depression? No one understands me.

Yes and no: Sometimes people use opiates or heroin because of depression. Sometimes people develop depression because of their use of care when or opiates. The term dual diagnosis is usually used when people have an addiction problem plus a depression problem. Both things need to be treated. Antidepressants counseling or exercise would help with the depression. ...Read more

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Recovering drug addict used opiates mainly doc uses muscle relaxers for my pain maintaince not helping don't want to go back to oppiates options?

Gabapentin: Try Gabapentin (Neurontin). Gabapentin has been used successfully to speed withdrawal from multidrugs including opiates. Need to adjust the dose to your need and tolerance.

I recommend 600-800 mg at bedtime (or whatever it takes to induce sleep--up to 2400 mg in some people) and lower doses several times during the day (whatever dose you can tolerate that doesn't cause drowsiness). ...Read more

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I am a recovering opiate addict with 30 days clean and still cannot sleep without taking seraquel. I also take requip (ropinirole) for rls. How lonh will this last?

I am a recovering opiate addict with 30 days clean and still cannot sleep without taking seraquel. I also take requip (ropinirole) for rls. How lonh will this last?

Congratulations!!!: You are doing great! Unfortunately, when the person stops taking the drugs, the body needs time to recover. This recovery is a long, unpleasant and difficult road. Morphine withdrawal can be dangerous, and without proper supervision, monitoring, and support can lead to systemic problems (e.g. stroke). It may take months for the patient to feel better and without symptoms.
Good luck! ...Read more

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I have munchausen's but can't find long term treatment data or morbidity/mortality- just a lot of unknowns. I am also bipolar 2 and an opiate addict.

Understandingly: U want 2 b helped. U have 2 consult a psychiatrist for a complete face to face evaluation. You can find a lot of info on the internet on psychiatrists near u. Even if u r not covered by insurance, u may find help in ur community or by calling ur american psychiatric association district branch. Pls avoid self-medicating, thx 4 ur question & best wishes 2 u 4 finding help & rx soon. ...Read more

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I recently started subutex for opiate addiction. At my initial visit I was also prescribed adderal for adhd. Should I be on adderal? I'm a addict.

I recently started subutex for opiate addiction. At my initial visit I was also prescribed adderal for adhd. Should I be on adderal? I'm a addict.

You are right to be: Cautious. But your prior history, doesn't mean u can't take it. It does mean that u should be monitored extra carefully. There are those that would claim your addiction was the result of your untreated adhd. I've seen that situation many times. Some say that when the ytake the adhd meds that is the best they have functioned for years. Be upfront with your dr. Maybe give it a trial. ...Read more

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I'm a 20-plus year opiate addict who has had problems with PTSD and depressive anxiety. I have tried all sorts of medications antidepressants and mild?

I'm a 20-plus year opiate addict who has had problems with PTSD and depressive anxiety. I have tried all sorts of medications antidepressants and mild?

Opiate addiction: You mention that you are dependent of opiates. It might be a good to consider treatment for the opiate dependency. I am not trying to dodge your question. Opiate use is likely contributing to the anxiety and depression. It would be difficult to effectively treat these other conditions while you continuing to use opiates. Likely you know some of the options for treating opiate dependency. ...Read more

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How come people who are addicted to opiates crave chocolate so much?

Addictive: Personality is what makes you crave these things, not the opiates themselves. ...Read more

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I constantly crave getting high off opiate type feelings. Iv sought help, but I still search for legal means to feel good. How can I rid myself if this?

Detoxification: You need to undergo a complete opiate detoxification with good aftercare. One program I have had great results with is the clarity program. This program is an immediate outpatient opitate treatment (ioot).It is safe, patented, and confidential. Call today 1-248-592-1050. ...Read more

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What drugs are opiates?

What drugs are opiates?

Narcs: Narcotic is a legal term, relating to schedule 1 meds (marijuana, heroin, pcp, lsd etc). Opiate means a naturally occurring alkaloid derived from the opium poppy (codeine, morphine, thebaine). Opioid is any semisynthetic med which binds the same opioid receptors as the opiates (hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, etc). ...Read more

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Which drugs are considered opiates?

Drugs derived from: The opium or poppy plant are officially opiates, and these include morphine, codeine, and papaverine, and semi-synthetics such as dihydrocodeine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone and several others. "Opioids" are drugs that also act on the opiate receptors but are chemically different - methadone, fentanyl, demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) darvon and many others. Endorphins/enkephalins are opioids. ...Read more