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Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is caused by brain disorder where there is continuous use of legal or illegal drugs despite the adverse effects. Cocaine, heroin, alcohol, etc., are some of the illicit drugs that are highly addictive. Changes in energy level, aggressive behavior, isolation, mood swings, etc., are some of the indications of drug addiction.

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I am a 19 year old girl and I have been battling with depression for years and I really do not know how to recover. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19-year-old girl and I have been battling with depression for years. Last night was my fourth attempt at suicide. My last therapist told everything that I told him to my father, whom I loathe. I have trust issues, anger problems, drug addiction, and alcohol addiction. I see no ...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Gohil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. As I can see here you have gone through multiple stressors due to which you have got depression. At present, you are suffering from major depression so I advise you to get urgent psychiatric help. You need to get admitted to a tertiary ca...  Read Full »

I am addicted to schizophrenia medication. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking medicines for schizophrenia for the last 16 years. I could not stop it earlier because my father was adamant about this. As a result, I got addicted to it. Now, whenever I try to stop it, the withdrawal effect of the medicine does not allow me to lead a normal life. My ...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you are doing good and are symptom free, you can discuss with your doctor to stop taking medicines. Tablet Quetiapine is not an addicting medicine. The drug can be stopped by gradually reducing the doses. No need to get worried about that. The dose can be reduced ...  Read Full »

I have severe heartburn after taking 54 mg of Concerta. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I took 54 mg of Concerta yesterday while smoking weed. I slept off for three to four hours, and today I woke up, drank a big cup of black coffee, and went to school. I was feeling very low, so I took one tablet of Sulpiride, which did not help me, so I took one more at two or three o clock...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is good that you are taking help from a psychiatrist. It would be best if you stopped smoking cigarettes and weed. It will increase heartburn. You are on 54mg of Concerta, a high dose. You must avoid caffeine, smoking cigarettes, and weed. Taking all of these togeth...  Read Full »

I stopped using crystal meth for 12 hours. I now have weakness, a headache, and red, hot skin. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a little embarrassed but I am a user of ice. It has been 12 hours since I have had any. My skin has become hot and red in some areas, but some areas are cold. I am feeling weak and I have a headache. I am breathing hard right now. Should I be worried about this?Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: HI, Welcome to I can understand your concern. ICE (Crystal Methamphetamine) is a potent vasoconstrictor and a highly addictive drug. It can cause severe hypertension, stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, blindness, etc. In the long run, it can cause the destruction of teeth and weak...  Read Full »

Is long-term use of Etizolam harmful?

Query: Hi doctor, I was prescribed Etizolam 0.5 mg and Escitalopram for a month, as I had insomnia, stress, and anxiety. However, during the last week, it did not seem to work. I was struggling with sleep. Is it possible that I become addicted to the drug? Will I need a higher dose to get the same effect? ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Etizolam is not a sleep medicine but an anxiolytic. Long-term use of benzodiazepines like Etizolam is not advisable because of tolerance and addiction potential. They are used for a short-term to support the main medications like Escitalopram, which need to be taken fo...  Read Full »

I had a mild stroke along with difficulties in moving due to codeine addiction for the past 14 years. How can I gradually quit it?

Query: Hello doctor,I am addicted to Codeine syrup for the last 14 years and I would take three to four syrup bottles daily. I had adverse side effects because of it but I just ignored it. Last week, I had a mild stroke and my left-sided limbs are having difficulty moving. Doctors prescribed medicines and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rathee Rahul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern.Hope you are fine. Well I am really sorry to hear that and I might sound harsh but you are literally killing yourself by taking Codeine. In spite of the fact that you recently suffered from a stroke which was obviously due ...  Read Full »

Why do I have weird and unusual sensations in my brain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am here because I have been dealing with a few health issues for about 2 years now. I feel weird and unusual sensations in my brain. The best way I can describe it is that it basically feels like there is a big bubble in my head, trying to fill in a missing gap or something, combine...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems that it has been because of your medications only that you are having these symptoms. Your Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms were well controlled with Adderall (combination of Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine), which is a more effective medica...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to quit using meth if I found out I was pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I have secondary dysmenorrhea and have miscarried twice before finding out this time I was pregnant. I have been using meth now. I feel bad and think I am a horrible person. I want to wean off the drug, but part of me is wondering if I quit both times I found out, this time I still use...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to All these drugs such as cocaine, alcohol, methamphetamine have their psychosocial side effect as well as harmful long-term effects on the body. They are just temporary anxiety relieving drugs, not only directly affect brain, bones, reproductive system, mental and phy...  Read Full »

Can you please help me to come out of heroin addiction?

Query: Hello doctor, I am addicted to heroin and have been using a lot of drugs. I have been trying to quit these drugs, but I cannot. Whenever I do not use it, my body is painful and dull, and I cannot do any work neither do anything. My mind is all about drugs whenever I do not use them. I really want t...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Heroin addiction is known to be a chronic relapsing condition. It is positive that you are contemplating stopping using heroin again. You mentioned being in detox before but relapsed again. You need to consult a psychiatrist in your city and get support from a ne...  Read Full »

Is It Tough To Overcome Benadryl Addiction And Get A Sound Sleep?

Query: Hi doctor, I am spending sleepless nights. I am struggling to fall asleep and often get disturbed by dreams. I feel restless legs throughout the night. The next morning when I wake up I feel fatigue. I am addicted to Benadryl to get sleep. But, I am trying to avoid it now. Please guide me for a s...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your complaints, it seems that you might have developed dependence on Benadryl. And it is quite possible that due to this dependence you might be having these symptoms. Benadryl is basically a Codeine-based cough syrup, which is an antitussive agent OTC (over...  Read Full »

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