Drug dependence

Ibogaine for drug dependence

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  I just wanted to say thank you Doctor X for your continued efforts and ask one simple question. What do you know about ibogaine being used to “cure” addiction? I read somewhere that ibogaine use can lead to heart failure so I was turned off by this, but a cure for addiction is something I am definitely interested in. I have been addict as early as 12 years of age and Im in my 30s now.     There is some evidence (both from animal data and humans) that ibogaine can be useful in reducing withdrawal symptoms and reducing craving. Because of ibogaine´s status as a Schedule I...

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Ketamine addiction

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  Is it possible to get physically addicted (and get withdrawals when discontinued) from ketamine?     Yes. Ketamine dependence is one of the problems associated with this drug. Some ketamine users become dependent on the drug in a manner resembling cocaine dependence, with craving , high tolerance and loss of ability to manage the use of the drug. Some users take 5-6 grams of ketamine daily and abuse of ketamine becomes the priority in their lives. There is no evidence of a physiological withdrawal syndrome, but this does not mean that dependence is not possible. A minority (estimated 5-8%)...

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Alcohol withdrawal

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  Is it possible to get physical withdrawals from having a 2 glasses of wine (11-12%) every nite for over 18 months?     In a technique, strict way, daily intake of 2 glasses of wine is equivalent to 2-3 units of alcohol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_of_alcohol) Daily intake below 4 units of alcohol in men, and below 2 units in women is considered “low risk”. But these are theoretical considerations. Most people will not develop physical withdrawals from this pattern of use but there are also  psychological, behavioural, social and motivational aspects. It is also difficult...

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Alprazolam withdrawal

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  So I took about 8-10mgs of xanax a couple weeks ago, and I’m worried that I’m currently going through I slight withdraw. My question is: what are the beginning stages of xanax withdraw?     Sleep disturbance, irritability, increased tension and anxiety, panic attacks, hand tremor, sweating, difficulty with concentration are common symptoms of benzodiacepines withdrawal. 2 weeks is not time enough to develop a total dependence, but there could be some symptoms. Tappering down during a few days will make it easier. If withdrawal symptoms appear, you could switch to diazepam...

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Oxycodone problems…

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  I took about 300 milligrams of oxycodone a day for about 5 years (by the way, it was the best 5 years of my life, work, family etc.), but then of course the big crack down began (pill mills etc) making it extremely difficult to obtain easily, so I had to stop as I did not feel like driving around to 300 pharmacies a day trying to fill my legally obtained prescription. Anyways it has now been about 3 years since I stopped taking them regularly, but to this day I feel as if it is my first day off of them, absolute no energy, tired constantly, no interest in anything, my gut is all screwed...

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