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Will smoking oxycontin cause paranoid schizophrenia?

Will smoking oxycontin cause paranoid schizophrenia?

No: Smoking opiates like heroin or Oxycontin have not been associated with schizophrenia but it clearly means you have a problem with drug abuse and need to seek treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

A mental disorder with positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. A person with positive symptoms loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative symptoms: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of everyday functions; losing motivation; the inability to carry out plans in isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more


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My friend just stopped abusing oxycontin, she thinks she has schizophrenia because she is seeing someone who isn't really there. Is this a side effect?

My friend just stopped abusing oxycontin, she thinks she has schizophrenia because she is seeing someone who isn't really there. Is this a side effect?

Could be: Withdrawl symptoms could involve hallucinations such as you describe. Lots of things come in to play here - how much she was taking, how often she used, how quickly she is withdrawing - is she stopping cold turkey without the oversight of a doc? I would be a good friend and encourage her to get clean, but she likely needs professional help to do that, and could be dangerous if she doesn't get help. ...Read more

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Can smoking marijauana as a teenager actually cause schizophrenia/psychosis?

Can smoking marijauana as a teenager actually cause schizophrenia/psychosis?

Yes: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic , delusions, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving. ...Read more

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Does smoking weed as a teenager relate to developing schizophrenia?

Does smoking weed as a teenager relate to developing schizophrenia?

Possibly: There is a lot of research on this. What is known is that people (usually late teens) about to have their first psychotic episode often begin using or increase the use of marijuana. Unclear is the cause of that connection. Perhaps emerging psychosis changes values, leading to new activities such as marijuana use; or perhaps marijuana has an effect on the brain, speeding the psychotic process. ...Read more

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Can smoking weed when you have aspergers syndrome increase your risk of schizophrenia?

Can smoking weed when you have aspergers syndrome increase your risk of schizophrenia?

YES: Smoking weed whether you have aspergers or not increases the risk of developing psychosis/schizophrenia. It also increase the chance of developing what in other countries is referred to as "amotivational syndrome" where the person level of motivation and volition drops significantly please stop using for your health feel better. ...Read more

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Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?

Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?

Nicotine & Schiz: There are different ideas about this, but no "written in stone" answers. One is the possibility that nicotine may assist people whose internal "gating" mechanisms may be faulty -- where they have trouble differentiating inner from outer stimuli. Another is that nicotine may simply be more addicting in schizophrenic brains than others. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23919443. ...Read more

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Will I develop Schizophrenia from smoking Weed THC (4%).Sativa strain with THC:CBD being higher.I also have Asperger's syndrome ?

Will I develop Schizophrenia from smoking Weed THC (4%).Sativa strain with THC:CBD being higher.I also have Asperger's syndrome  ?

Maybe: More recent research and annecdotal reports show smorking marijuana to cause schizophrenia type symtoms. Marijuana use in any form will cause significant changes in your brain function. THC is a fat soluble substance and your brain is more than half fat by composition ...Read more

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What does smoking oxycontin do to you?

What does smoking oxycontin do to you?

Many things: Oxycodone, when smoked, gets into the body (and the brain) very quickly, within seconds. It has a greater chance of producing overdose, and can cause physical dependence and addiction more quickly when smoked than when taken by mouth, but both routes of administration will cause addiction. It is not good for the lungs or heart either, since many impurities present in the smoke are toxic. ...Read more

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Does schizophrenia cause early death?

Does schizophrenia cause early death?

Probably: Schizophrenia is one of the most serious public health problems in the world, affecting just under 1% of the world's population. Essential features are deterioration in function (hallucinations, delusions, poor judgement). The medications can present significant side effects. And because of poor judgement patients may disregard medical problems, increase in suicide risk and violent behavior. ...Read more

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If a person takes medication to treat schizophrenia, but didn't have schizophrenia would the medication cause symptoms of schizophrenia?

Psychiatric meds: Are designed to reduce the symptoms not make them occur. They should only be taken as prescribed by the psychiatrist. If you have a bad reaction to any medication call the prescribing physician. No psychiatrist gives medications without being sure of their diagnosis. If symptoms increase you may need a different dosage to counteract the disorder. Call the psychiatrist and meet with them. ...Read more

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Which types of deficiencies in childhood can cause schizophrenia?

Which types of deficiencies in childhood can cause schizophrenia?

Not a cause: Deficiency of any kind is not known to be a cause of schizophrenia (a brain disorder). The precise cause of schizophrenia is unknown. Some researchers suspect that environmental factors may increase the risk of triggering schizophrenia. Viruses, toxins or malnutrition while in the womb, stressful life circumstances, and taking psychoactive drugs during adolescence are also being studied, e.g. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the evidence that says dopamine is the cause of schizophrenia?

Could you tell me what is the evidence that says dopamine is the cause of schizophrenia?

It's not: The Dopamine hypothesis was obviously not the full story even in the 1970's. Schizophrenia is a neurodegenerative disease, with particular nerve cells lost that are required for logical thinking and keeping dreams out of waking life. ...Read more

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Could puberty cause schizophrenia like symptoms?

Could puberty cause schizophrenia like symptoms?

Maybe: Schizophrenia usually doesn't show up until the teens or twenties. So it could manifest during puberty. If you are concerned then talk to a professional and possibly have an evaluation done. ...Read more

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Could quatiapine cause people with schizophrenia to get tired?

Could quatiapine cause people with schizophrenia to get tired?

Yes: Sedation is a common side effect of quetiapine therapy. If not resolving after the first several days it's likely to persist. ...Read more

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Is there schizophrenia medication that doesn't cause constipation?

Is there schizophrenia medication that doesn't cause constipation?

Yes: In general this can be a side effect but only for a minority of people. Discuss with your psychiatrist or doctor. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia the cause that i dony have dreams or i just cant remember it (but i do have daydreams)?

Is schizophrenia the cause that i dony have dreams or i just cant remember it (but i do have daydreams)?

It is possible that: a medication you are taking is blocking REM sleep/dreaming. Talk with the doc who prescribed your meds. It's more likely that you don't remember your dreams. Lots of people do not. If you tell yourself to remember your dreams before you sleep you may begin to remember. You need to write them down at once when you wake or you will forget them again. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Has it been determined that repeated stress and inability to find jobs cause one to develop schizophrenia?

No: Another reality is that if someone is developing schizophrenia, one is likely to feel stressed, and may have trouble finding or keeping jobs. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Oxycontin (Definition)

Treats moderate to severe pain. Rapid-release oxycodone is a narcotic that is used ...Read more