Archive: Health, Prescription Drugs

Will My Weight Change With Xanax?

July 5th, 2021

Another sleepless night. My mind just does not seem to turn off despite all of my efforts.  I’ve tried everything I have ever read online, but nothing seems to stop the worry I feel about what tomorrow will bring.  The doctors say I could begin with a small prescription of anxiety meds, but I’ve always […]

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Focusing On Adderall: What You Need to Know

July 5th, 2021

Chances are you’ve heard of Adderall. But do you know exactly what it’s used for?Known as the “study drug,” Adderall is specifically prescribed for those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy (a sleep disorder). Unfortunately, Adderall sometimes falls into the hands of those without a prescription, leading to misuse and potentially addiction.Adderall is a central nervous […]

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Xanax and Ativan: How Are They Different? Your Questions Answered

July 5th, 2021

I can feel it in my chest. My heart is racing, tightening. There’s stiffness in the back of my neck. There’s a tingling sensation running down my arms and legs. I’m sweating bullets. I’m terrified. Am I having a heart attack? Am I dying? What’s happening to me? Do I need to go to the […]

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Signs Your Loved One Is Doctor Shopping

August 15th, 2016

Drug addiction does not only involve illegal drugs like cocaine or heroin; today, countless people abuse prescription drugs. According to an infographic on the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s website, titled Popping Pills: The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic in America, 52 million Americans age 12 and older have abused prescription drugs in their lifetime. Prescription […]

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Understanding Polysubstance Use And Addiction

July 5th, 2016

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 105 people die every day from drug overdoses in the U.S. In fact, drug overdoses kill more people than guns, falls, and car accidents. But fatal overdoses don’t just affect those who are addicted, and it is important to note that it is more dangerous and […]

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What Is A Pharmaceutical Speedball?

June 30th, 2016

Traditionally, a speedball was a combination of cocaine and morphine or cocaine and heroin, administered intravenously, either in a mixture together within one needle, or separately and simultaneously through two needles. Also called powerballing, people may snort these or other combinations of drugs to create the speedball effect. This method of drug abuse has morphed […]

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The Dangers Of Mixing Prescription Drugs With Supplements

May 11th, 2016

The numbers suggest that as a person ages, so does the possibility that they will need to use one or even several pharmaceutical prescriptions. A new study published by JAMA Internal Medicine offers a startling perspective on the prevalence and danger of older individuals mixing prescription medications with over-the-counter and/or dietary supplements. Concurrent Use Of […]

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Signs Of Benzodiazepine Abuse

April 18th, 2016

The Purpose Of Benzodiazepines Benzodiazepines are prescription medications prescribed to help people with a variety of mental health concerns. They can be broadly classified as “depressants,” which means they depress the activity of certain areas of the brain and central nervous system. Generally speaking, they are used to help calm anxiety and stress to avoid […]

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Is Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) Addictive?

March 9th, 2016

What Is Benadryl? Benadryl or diphenhydramine is the most widely used OTC antihistamine and is available in a tablet, capsule, or liquid form. It is most commonly used to treat the symptoms of allergies, the common cold, or hay fever and as a sleep aid. In some circumstances, it is used to treat motion sickness, […]

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The Fight Against Heroin And Opiate Abuse: Obama’s New Plan

November 12th, 2015

The Washington Post estimated that this new plan would have a moderate effect on the war against heroin and opiate abuse. Heroin and prescription drug overdoses now kill more people than car accidents each year: heroin overdose deaths alone have quadrupled in the last decade. Heroin and opiate abuse is a troubling epidemic and something […]

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What Does A Treatment Plan Consist Of At A Drug Rehab Center?

November 11th, 2015

Detoxification Cleans Your Body When you first check into a drug rehabilitation center, detoxification will begin. This process consists of carefully monitoring your withdrawal symptoms while your body processes and frees itself from any addictive chemical still in your system. Sometimes, replacement medicines will be used to treat severe withdrawal. Sometimes, this process can take […]

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Medication-Assisted Therapies For Rehab Centers

November 10th, 2015

Medication-Assisted Addiction Recovery People in drug rehabilitation often require medicinal help to complete their recovery. These medicines are designed to increase the effectiveness of rehab and to create a permanent state of soberness for people recovering from addiction. Each medicine prescribed offers a different effect. For example, some are used as a “replacement” drug, i.e., […]

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