Drug abuse is the forbidden use of certain chemicals or drugs to obtain pleasures that can cause harm to their social, physical, and emotional well-being. It results most commonly from peer pressure. Also, it may occur due to addiction to the pain-relieving medications prescribed previously, recreation, and to gain imaginative ideas. The drugs are divided into three groups, namely depressants, hallucinogens, and stimulants. In addition, sharing of needles by drug addicts can contract diseases like HIV and hepatitis.
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I had taken 50 mg Hydrocodone once a day for seven years. Can it affect my liver?
Query: Hello doctor, I had taken 50 mg hydrocodone once a day for seven years, along with 3 to 4 drinks a day. I go to the doctor twice yearly and have full blood work done. My liver function test fluctuates a little, but most of the time, they are normal. I have been clear of drugs and alcohol for two mon... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I have reviewed your case history in detail and attached laboratory investigations as well (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Your liver function tests are normal. All the levels are normal. The serum albumin level... Read Full »
Can consuming Methamphetamine during the end stage of pregnancy result in death of the baby two weeks after delivery?
Query: Hello doctor, A 2-month-old infant died, and the tissue sample showed a trace of Methamphetamine. In addition, the mother tested positive for Methamphetamine two weeks before giving birth. Could the trace of Methamphetamine in the infant come from the mother's usage during the end of pregnancy? Ki... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern Yes, that could be a possibility. Methamphetamine is a fast-acting stimulant that does not stay in the body for long. It has a plasma half-life of 12 to 34 hours. This means that it takes 12 to 34 hours for the amount of Methamphetamine in ... Read Full »
I feel strange after smoking marijuana. Please advise.
Query: Hello doctor, I smoked marijuana three days ago. I am feeling very strange from the past three days. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. It is normal to have an abnormal feeling after marijuana for up to a week, especially if you have used it for the first time. You need not worry. Just try to forget the incident and do not use it in the future. Take enough water and fresh fr... Read Full »
Can I have tinnitus due to side effect of AZO?
Query: Hello doctor, I began exhibiting symptoms that I would describe as tinnitus from a week. I get a loud noise or ringing in my left ear, although it also happens in the right ear. One fine day the tinnitus actually went to the other ear (my right ear), my tinnitus since then has not been focused in a... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. While you have elaborated on your symptoms very meticulously, I still require some more details. Is there any hearing loss? Do you have any fullness of the ear? The tingling feeling, is it permanent? Do you have any giddiness? Any change of ear fullness or tinn... Read Full »
I overdosed on medicines two years back. Have I damaged my liver and kidneys?
Query: Hello doctor, I had overdosed on multiple medicines two years back, which included eight iron tablets on two occasions, 16 tablets of Avil 25 mg, and SSRI twice, all on different occasions. Two years back, my SGPT was 106 months after my last overdose incident, and my creatinine was 1.2. Since then... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It seems you had an overdose of a few medicines two years back. This will usually cause transient damage to your liver and kidney. These organs will recover completely if there is no underlying inherent disease for them. You need to avoid any further occurrences li... Read Full »
I smoke weed. Kindly help me to get rid of the habit.
Query: Hi doctor, I do not trust girls. I have had relationship issues, as I was betrayed by the girl I love. I also have a weed problem, and I am a dropout from college. Please help me get over these issues. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is more of a generalized thought that all the girls are not trustworthy just because a girl betrayed you. You are taking weed. Please specify the duration and daily dose. You need a help of a psychiatrist, as a thorough evaluation is necessary to plan a regime ... Read Full »
Can Meth in the system affect my forthcoming surgery?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a male, 6 feet and 150 lbs. I am not on any medication. I have a surgery in five hours and I have meth in my system taken about five hours earlier. Should I cancel the surgery or go to the surgery and tell the doctor? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The first thing to do is to share this information with your doctor. He will be a better person to decide whether to postpone the surgery or not. If it is not an emergency or an urgent surgery, I would advise my patients to postpone it till the meth is out of the syste... Read Full »
Is my son missing his classes and assignments a personality issue?
Query: Hello doctor, My son is a college student. He is 21 now. He has depression from about three years and has been seeing a psychiatrist for a while. He has been missing assignments and classes and got put on probation and withdrawal. And, he lies a lot. For instance, he signed a waiver to his college ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Depression is now common in 2 % of the children and adolescents. Its cause is not specific, but a combination of multiple factors such as environmental, biological and psychological. Firstly, we have to look for any specific underlying causes for his depression. A... Read Full »
Can my using cocaine cause adverse effects on my baby yet to be born?
Query: Hi doctor,I stupidly used cocaine at a weekend out and it looks like I conceived a baby with my wife the day after using it. Can this cause any serious harm to the baby? My wife is five months pregnant already and I have been worrying about something bad happening since then. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, it will not cause any harm as it does not have an immediate effect. For further queries consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/obstetrician-and-gynaecologist Read Full »
Is erection problem due to recreational drugs reversible?
Query: Hello doctor, I have never experienced ED before, but after a recent eight-day vacation where I consumed recreational drugs during this time and had sleep deprivation, I now cannot get my penis hard. Note that I am not a usual drug user, which was more of a one-off binge. However, I have had simila... Read Full »
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Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Erectile dysfunction has many causes like recreational drugs, alcohol, Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Cocaine, Marijuana, Heroin, and Nicotine. Those I think can cause it. Maintain a good lifestyle like a healthy diet and abstinence from drugs can reverse the issue. I nee... Read Full »