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  • The Side Effects of Xanax: Pill Use and Short-Term and Long-Term Effects

    What Is Xanax? Xanax (generic name: alprazolam) is a powerful benzodiazepine drug that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. 1,2 The medication comes in the form of a pill that quickly dissolves ...

    ... and overdose. What Are the Long-Term Effects of Xanax Use? When people abuse a benzodiazepine for a long period of time, it becomes less effective as tolerance increases. Long-term Xanax use can cause loss of appetite ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alprazolam Use

    Is Alprazolam Harmful? Stop suffering. Learn how treatment can help. Alprazolam (trade name: Xanax) is a sedative drug in the benzodiazepine class, indicated for the management of some forms of anxiety and panic disorders. The substance - like all ...

    ... short video provides an overview of the growing Xanax epidemic in the US. Credit: Newsy Science Long-term Effects of Alprazolam One serious long-term effect of alprazolam use is the possibility - if not inevitability - ... continue reading
  • Getting Help for Xanax Addiction

    What is Xanax? Xanax is a benzodiazepine that comes in either tablet or capsule form. It's used to manage anxiety and panic disorders. Sometimes called “purple footballs,” “bars” or “Z-bars,” this drug can cause a high that includes ...

    What is Xanax? Xanax is a benzodiazepine that comes in either tablet or capsule form. It's used to manage anxiety and panic disorders. Sometimes called “purple footballs,” “bars” or “Z-bars,” this drug can cause a high ... continue reading
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  • Xanax Addiction

    Xanax is a commonly prescribed medication used to treat specific anxiety disorders such as panic disorder. Alprazolam in the generic name for Xanax, and this specific prescription medication belongs to the class of drugs called benzodiazepines, or ...

    ... Xanax and other benzodiazepines include: 4 Benzos. Bricks. Bars. Z-bars. Planks. Blues. How Does Xanax Work? Xanax ... the above symptoms are present. Xanax Withdrawal If Xanax is used for a longer period than indicated and a ... continue reading
  • Xanax History and Statistics

    Xanax is the well-known brand name for alprazolam . This medication belongs to a class of sedative and anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) drugs called benzodiazepines . History of Xanax Xanaxis most commonly prescribed to treat: Anxiety. Panic disorders. Dr. ...

    ... monthly numbers of Internet searches including the term “Xanax” have nearly doubled since 2004 , with ... is no longer made available through the public National Health Service. Legal Penalties of Using Xanax Doctors and ... continue reading
  • Snorting Xanax (Alprazolam): Side Effects & Dangers

    What Does Snorting Xanax Do? Xanax (generic name: alprazolam) is a prescription sedative medication that falls into the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which are commonly prescribed for the management of anxiety. 1, 2 While taking Xanax as ...

    ... increasing the risk of death. 1 Long-term Effects of Snorting Xanax Xanax's pleasurable effects on the brain may lead ... include: Taking Xanax without a prescription. Using more Xanax than prescribed. Using Xanax in ways ... continue reading
  • Why Is Xanax So Addictive?

    Xanax, also known by its generic name alprazolam, belongs to a class of prescription drugs called benzodiazepines. For some people, Xanax can be an effective treatment for anxiety and panic disorders. However, Xanax users are at high risk for ...

    ... -term treatment for anxiety. Diazepam, also known by its brand name Valium, is a long-acting benzodiazepine that is sometimes used to manage severe withdrawal symptoms - such as seizure - or is substituted for Xanax use ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Alprazolam Addict

    Help for Alprazolam Addicts Alprazolam, marketed under the brand name Xanax , is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety and panic disorders . Similar to the effects of alcohol, alprazolam works by depressing brain functions . Abuse of this drug can ...

    ... under the influence. Do not blame or criticize the individual. Use “I” statements, such as, “I noticed” or “ ... addicted to Xanax if you answer yes to the following questions: Do you feel as if you are no longer in control ... continue reading
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  • Alprazolam Abuse

    What Is Alprazolam? Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine substance better known by its brand name, Xanax . All benzodiazepines are depressant medications that slow down a user's body and mind, resulting in reduced anxiety and increased relaxation. ...

    ... double that of the next benzodiazepine. Learn more at our Xanax History and Statistics page. Teen Alprazolam Abuse Prevention is recommended to stop use before it can begin. Consider: Having an honest conversation with ... continue reading
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  • Long-Term Drug Addiction Effects

    The longer an addiction lasts, the more stress and strain it puts on the individual. There is an overwhelming number of long-term physical and emotional effects addiction can have that can easily turn a healthy man or woman into a frail shadow of ...

    ... . There is an overwhelming number of long-term physical and emotional effects addiction can have ... using drugs (e.g., benzodiazepines like Xanax) to cope with their symptoms. Another person could have a long-standing ... continue reading
  • Xanax Addiction Treatment

    Xanax Addiction is widespread! The more common a drug becomes the greater chance it has at becoming abused by the general public. Xanax is a commonly prescribed short-term drug used to treat severe anxiety and panic disorders, though due to its now ...

    ... requiring immediate medical intervention to prevent any severe or long-term medical problems. Common withdrawal symptoms associated with a Xanax Addict stopping use include possible tachycardia (rapid & random heartbeat ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can be ...

    ... Some of the Drawbacks to Problematic Use? Signs and symptoms of Xanax misuse can impact many facets of ... term or long-term inpatient or outpatient rehab, depending on the level of dependence. 9 Medical Detox Since Xanax ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Xanax Abuse

    Facts on Alcohol and Xanax Alprazolam (brand name Xanax) is an anxiolytic prescription medication. Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs and is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. ...

    ... Respiratory arrest. Long-Term Effects of Abusing Xanax and Drinking For those who concurrently abuse Xanax and alcohol ... of mixing alcohol with prescription drugs like Xanax. The use of prescription drugs by teenagers is a ... continue reading
  • Xanax Withdrawal

    Xanax is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines . These frequently prescribed medications are used to treat a range of physical and mental health conditions. Specifically, Xanax (also known by its generic name, alprazolam) is used in the ...

    ... 1,2 . When used as prescribed as a short-term anxiolytic agent, Xanax can be an effective medication ... for a relatively short duration when compared to longer-acting benzos like diazepam (Valium). This also typically ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Clonazepam Use

    What is Clonazepam? Clonazepam, commonly known by its brand name Klonopin, is a prescription medication commonly used for its anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant benefits. How Worried Should We Be About Benzos? This medication is part of a larger group ...

    ... This group includes substances like: Alprazolam (Xanax). Lorazepam (Ativan). Diazepam (Valium). ... risk of overdose. Long-Term Effects of Clonazepam Clonazepam is not generally recommended for long-term use because it is ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Klonopin Use

    Klonopin, known commonly by its generic name clonazepam, is a prescription drug commonly prescribed to manage panic, anxiety and seizure disorders. Klonopin belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs—a broad group of central nervous system ...

    ... central nervous system depressants that includes Valium , Xanax , Ativan , and Restoril. Prescriptions for Klonopin ... emergency assistance immediately. Klonopin's Long-Term Effects As use of Klonopin continues, the user ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Carisoprodol Use

    Carisoprodol, sold under the trade names Soma and Vanadom, is a muscle relaxant that acts as a strong sedative. The drug is often prescribed clinically for the relief of muscle pain and is typically recommended for use only on a short-term basis. Is ...

    ... such as Lortab and Vicodin. Benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Ativan. Alcohol. The Severe Dangers of ... long-term effects of those drugs when looking at the long-term effects of carisoprodol use. Long-term opiate use raises ... continue reading
  • Party Culture and Substance Use

    Three out of five college students actively drink alcohol, and more than half of them practice binge drinking - or drinking enough to significantly raise blood alcohol content (BAC) levels in a short span of time. Typically, this means four drinks ...

    ... or 9.4 percent of the United States population - had used an illicit substance in the past month, a figure that is ... stop with a DUI arrest or conviction. The long-term effects of excessive alcohol and drug consumption can ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

    Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, and it can cause you to compulsively seek out drugs even though you're aware of the harmful results taking them can cause. Initially, your choice to take drugs is voluntary. So, if someone offers you drugs, ...

    ... 'll need to constantly increase the dosage you take to get the same feeling as the first time. The brain undergoes long-term changes during drug abuse . If the brain has to try to compensate for the loss or alteration of ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive boost of energy. After that first encounter, users can quickly find themselves chasing that same “good” feeling over and over again, but ...

    ... “good” feeling over and over again, but it's a useless quest. Truth be told, the effects of long-term meth use are far from glamorous or beneficial. Meth robs people of their physical and mental health, in addition to ... continue reading
  • Long-term Alcohol and Drug Rehab Programs

    Alcohol and drug abuse can be challenging to overcome on your own. Many people seek treatment to help them stop the cycle of substance use and start the path to recovery. Finding the appropriate long-term drug rehab center for your needs may be a ...

    ... own. Many people seek treatment to help them stop the cycle of substance use and start the path to recovery. Finding the appropriate long-term drug rehab center for your needs may be a beneficial option for obtaining ... continue reading
  • Long-Term Effects of Molly

    Overview of Ecstasy Effects Ecstasy is the more common street name for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine—a highly addictive, illicit drug also known as MDMA , or “Molly.” This drug shares chemical structural similarities with both amphetamine ...

    ... it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical uses. 2 The drug is often encountered as a colorful tablet ... is a great and cost-effective way to support long-term recovery. 12 When you are ready to find a ... continue reading
  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

    4 states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. With these changes in policy, a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How does marijuana use affect ...

    ... With these changes in policy, a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How does marijuana use affect the body and mind over time? Is it safe? Unfortunately, there isn't a lot ... continue reading
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Kratom Use

    What Is Kratom? Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a tree-like plant from Southeast Asia that belongs to the same family of plants as coffee and gardenias. Kratom has been used as an herbal remedy in Thailand and neighboring countries for hundreds of ...

    ... suggest that kratom itself can be addictive, and evidence from users supports this view. Long-Term Effects of Kratom Use Long-term users, whether in Southeast Asia or the West, have been reported to become tolerant ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextroamphetamine Use

    Dextroamphetamine is a prescription stimulant used in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Dextroamphetamine is commonly found under the brand names Dexedrine and ProCentra and a more recently approved ...

    ... conditions are particularly susceptible to stroke, sudden death, or heart attack. Long-Term Effects of Abusing Dextroamphetamine Long-term use of this substance can lead to mood changes and depression. Chronic misuse ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Amphetamine Use

    While amphetamines have clinical use, their potential for abuse and dependency is high. Legitimate use may turn into addiction. Amphetamines such as Adderall , and non-amphetamine stimulants such as Ritalin are gaining in popularity as recreational ...

    ... friends. Another 20.4% get their hands on them by means of their family. Frequent and long-term use of amphetamines can lead to drug dependence. Drug dependence thresholds are different for different people, making it ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dexedrine Use

    Understanding Dexedrine Dexedrine is a brand name for the prescription drug dextroamphetamine and is used to treat pediatric attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy in both children and adults. By increasing neural signaling ...

    ... Effects of Abuse Long-term Dexedrine abuse is associated with a wide range of ill effects to one's physical and mental health. As use continues for longer periods or the substance is abused at higher levels, the risks ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

    A painkiller can be any one of a number of drugs, from over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin, to prescribed drugs like oxycodone , codeine , morphine , Vicodin , and hydrocodone . All painkillers carry risks—even ...

    ... headache, muscle aches, sore throats, and fever—and is often used for mild to moderate pain. 11 Acetaminophen poses a threat to those ... , as well as reduce fever. 12 Long-term use of certain NSAIDs can lead to side ... continue reading
  • Using Cocaine While Breastfeeding

    Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant that is easily absorbed into the blood stream. It has a high milk to plasma ratio, meaning it a significant amount of the drug may pass from a mother's blood into breast milk 1 . Cocaine is the ...

    ... affect a mother's ability to breastfeed, and mothers who use cocaine are more likely to not breastfeed compared to non-using mothers 6 . Long-term cocaine use can cause problems with the body's production of breast milk ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... Weed However, marijuana abuse is not without consequences. Heavy use can impair short-term memory, judgment, thinking and driving, and long-term use has been linked to pulminary issues and cognitive impairment, according ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Spice Use

    Is Spice Harmful? “Spice” (synthetic marijuana) has grown in popularity in recent years. Synthetic marijuana is sold under a variety of names other than “Spice,” including: K2. Skunk. Moon rocks. Potpourri. Substances like Spice and K2 - ...

    ... Myocardial ischemia. Vomiting. Hallucinations. Paranoia. Severe anxiety. Panic attacks. Aggression. Long-Term Effects Long-term effects of synthetic marijuana use is largely unknown due to its status as a relatively new ... continue reading
  • A Decade of American Drug Use

    In the nation's ongoing drug crisis, grim statistics abound. Each day, approximately 115 Americans die of opioid overdoses. Methamphetamine use is on the rise, reviving a scourge public health officials once thought to be improving. Simultaneously, ...

    ... to experience chronic pain , doctors may prescribe to them more readily - and monitor their long-term use of painkillers less diligently. Additionally, substance abuse among the elderly is frequently misdiagnosed: Its ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Steroid Use

    Are Steroids Harmful? Some steroids can be incredibly harmful to those who take them. Conversely, some types are used to help people with inflammatory conditions like chronic bronchitis, but those are categorized as corticosteroids . They are not ...

    ... . Can You Overdose on Steroids? Anabolic steroid overdose is generally considered the cumulative effect of long-term use. This “chronic overdose” can have extreme detrimental effects to your health, both physical and ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lorazepam Use

    About Lorazepam Recovery from addiction is real. Take back your life today. Lorazepam is an anti-anxiety medication that promotes relaxation by tempering excitatory brain activity. Also marketed under the brand name Ativan , it is only available by ...

    ... recommended for this drug, patients should consult with their doctors before discontinuing use. Sudden withdrawal from long term use can cause problems. As such, many medical professionals advise tapering off gradually ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methoxetamine Use

    Is MXE Harmful? MXE, also known as methoxetamine, is a substance with similar chemical properties to ketamine and phencyclidine (PCP) , two illicit drugs known for their hallucinogenic and dissociative properties 1 . MXE is an odorless, white powder ...

    ... an adverse reaction to MXE or may experience an MXE overdose, a condition that can be fatal. Additionally, long-term use can have mounting negative effects on the body. Side Effects In addition to the intoxicating short ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose Symptoms, Signs & Treatment

    What Is Xanax? Xanax, also known generically as alprazolam, is a benzodiazepine medication commonly prescribed for the treatment of anxiety and panic disorder 1 . More infrequent, off-label uses for Xanax include managing agoraphobia (fear of open ...

    ... can indicate a potential overdose or a serious adverse reaction to the drug. If a person is overdosing from Xanax use, they may have symptoms that include 1,3 : Profound confusion. Severe coordination problems or loss of ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

    Justification is the effort to prove that our behaviors are valid or reasonable, and it is human nature to do so. In the field of psychology, this human tendency is related to cognitive dissonance. Simply put, cognitive dissonance is an ...

    ... we have plenty of mental tricks up our sleeves, these four loopholes are some of the most common excuses used to justify our substance-driven behaviors . Loophole #1 I've already ruined everything. As addicts, we try to ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... , however, continues to fall among youth, so changes in this belief do not seem to explain the change in use this year, as it has done over most of the life of the study,” said Lloyd Johnston, the principal investigator ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin to show marks on their body ...

    ... , permanently damaged veins can never be healed. The appearance of track marks are not only a sign of drug use ; they also carry a social stigma due to the health risks that are associated with this drug sub-culture . ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methadone Use

    Is Methadone Harmful? The treatment of opiate abuse often requires another opiate as a supportive measure when the patient stops taking the original drug. Ideally, it's a long-acting drug with a long half-life, and it should be easy to take. Often ...

    ... including alcohol and benzodiazepines. In addition, the long-term effects of methadone abuse are almost as bad ... can be addictive on its own, even as it is used in the treatment of heroin dependence. The good news is that ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Concerta Use

    Concerta is the trade name of a central nervous system stimulant known as methylphenidate . It is prescribed mainly for the treatment of: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a stimulant, ...

    ... as a Schedule II drug with potential for abuse. Using it without the consent and direction of a medical professional ... Euphoria. However, stimulant misuse can actually do long-term damage to the brain and body . For ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Inhalant Use

    Are Inhalants Harmful? There are a huge number of inhalants available for abuse, and they're fairly easy to obtain. It's unsurprising that teens in particular are susceptible to inhalant abuse, simply because these compounds can be obtained from any ...

    ... abuse can result in death, and it doesn't have to be long-term abuse that causes it. Sudden sniffing death can occur even after just one use - volatile compounds cross from the lungs into the bloodstream, and can ... continue reading
  • The Effects of OxyContin Use

    Is OxyContin Harmful? OxyContin is an opiate that is often prescribed for moderate to strong post-surgical pain or more chronic pain situations. Prescription rates are high in the United States. The drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that ...

    ... Constipation (a telltale sign of opiate abuse). Long-Term Effects of OxyContin Opiates may have severe ... required to function in your daily life, and you use at the expense of other priorities or activities you enjoy ... continue reading
  • Drug Use and the Pancreas

    The pancreas plays a major role in the body's digestive system. From blood sugar regulation to digestion, the pancreas is constantly hard at work. However, the pancreas can become inflamed and, over time, accumulate scarring and damage as a result ...

    ... alcohol abuse . Alcohol can cause serious and potentially long-term harm to your pancreas. It is common for people ... the best way to lower your risk is to end all drug use. If you need help, call us today at and we can ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Phenobarbital Use

    Phenobarbital, marketed under the trade names Luminal and Solfoton, is a barbiturate that is typically prescribed for patients suffering from seizures, tics or repetitive motor disorders, or Tourette's syndrome. It is sometimes indicated in the ...

    ... of suicide in some users. Long-term Effects As for the long-term effect of phenobarbital abuse, addiction ... the effects it produces. As with any substance, the longer it is used, the more the body develops a tolerance to it ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methylphenidate Use

    Methylphenidate (brand names: Ritalin, Concerta) is a stimulant prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. Stimulants, like Ritalin, are one of the three most commonly abused ...

    ... danger and lead to addiction. Methylphenidate should only be used as directed and never taken without a prescription. If ... Loss of appetite. Methylphenidate Long-term Effects Long-term effects of methylphenidate abuse are ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... and depend on both the dosage and the person using it. These may include insomnia, paranoia, anxiety, increased body temperature, faster heart rate and nausea/vomiting. Long-term users who snort cocaine run a high risk ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opana Use

    Is Opana Harmful? Opana is a prescription opioid pain-reliever containing the active ingredient oxymorphone. Oxymorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid agonist, meaning it binds to the opioid receptors in your brain to elicit its effects. You may have ...

    ... Effects of Abusing Opana Aside from the short-term effects of Opana, there are also multiple potential long-term consequences: If you suffer from respiratory arrest due to Opana use or overdose, you may, in turn, suffer ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Crack After the First Use?

    Crack, a solid, crystallized form of cocaine , is smoked and taken in through the lungs. Also called “freebase cocaine,” crack was first seen in the US in the 1980s, where it quickly became popular due to its accessibility and relatively low ...

    ... link cocaine and pleasure, encouraging future use. Other short-term effects of crack include: Increased ... crack is smoked continuously over long periods of time. During binge use, the individual can experience ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lortab Use

    Lortab is the combination of hydrocodone , an opiate used to manage pain, and acetaminophen , an over-the-counter analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducer) that augments the pain-relieving effects of the hydrocodone. Lortab is prescribed in pill ...

    ... acetaminophen in Lortab as well. Lortab Long-term Effects In addition to the potentially damaging ... and to further discuss your options. Whether or not your Lortab use began while being cared for by a physician, if you find ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as having a very low potential for addiction; however, its instance of abuse and dependency ...

    ... euphoric. Ultram addiction , which indicates continual cravings for the drug and withdrawal symptoms when not using. Long-term effects of abuse and addiction to Ultram also follow the path of any addiction when it comes ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Norco Use

    Norco is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone - an opiate pain medication. It is intended to relieve moderate to severe pain. Because Norco contains the narcotic hydrocodone, it can be addictive and should be used with caution. Is Norco ...

    ... dangers that may result. Norco Long-term Effects The most notable long-term effect of Norco is addiction ... out of habit, not merely as a treatment for pain. Norco use can begin on a legitimate basis but quickly take a turn ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

    Are Bath Salts Harmful? The term “bath salts” refers to a family of designer recreational drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone -a stimulant found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name ...

    ... potential suicide attempts. Self-mutilation and delirium are both common with the use of this drug over time. Death is also not uncommon with long-term use of bath salts. Bath Salts Dependency A bath salts dependency can ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ketamine Use

    Is Ketamine Harmful? “It's easy to get ketamine abuse wrong because of its potency; it's more powerful than speed or coke weight for weight, so it's easy to accidentally overdose.” Like its sister drug CP, ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, ...

    ... and urinary tract, and this can force some long-term addicts to have their bladders removed as the ... find that you're in trouble with the law as a result of using ketamine and don't want to give it up, you may well have ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Meth Use

    Is Meth Harmful? Meth, the abbreviated colloquialism for methamphetamine, is a wildly addictive and dangerous substance. Users can rapidly develop a dependency on its effects, which themselves exert a number of health risks. The illegal production ...

    ... amphetamine, from which it is derived. The main drug that is used on the streets of this form is crystal meth, which can ... loss can occur . Short-term side effects may be temporary, but long-term side effects can cause ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Adderall Use

    Is Adderall Harmful? Adderall is a form of amphetamine prescribed for the treatment of: 1 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. It is available in 2 forms : immediate release and extended release. 1 Both forms are suitable for ...

    ... normally stop. 7 This means those individuals using these drugs in combination may experience alcohol poisoning without noticing the warning signs leading up to it. Long-Term Effects Of Adderall Chronic abuse of Adderall ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Cocaine After the First Use?

    Drugs like cocaine have reputation for being extremely addictive but still many people will want to try them “just once.” It's easy to wonder, “Just how addictive is cocaine (really)?” How Addictive is Cocaine? Cocaine is a very addictive ...

    ... do I have to lose? What do I hope to gain? Am I weighing my long-term goals against my short-term goals? Any time you're considering using drugs, it's important to really think about why you're doing it. Are you trying ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Flakka Use

    Is Flakka Harmful? Flakka is a street drug with origins in South Florida. One of the newer chemicals in the booming category of synthetic or designer drugs, Flakka is typically made from a synthetic version of an amphetamine-like stimulant in the ...

    ... exactly the drug can do to the body and brain in the long term. The following video brings attention to the serious dangers of Flakka use, even for first-time users. Credit: CBSN Flakka Dependence Flakka dependence in ... continue reading
  • Substance Use at Live Music Events

    If you're gearing up for a music festival, there are some things you probably want to ensure you have with you. Most veterans will recommend not leaving the house without comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a bottle of water. Unfortunately, something ...

    ... . While the consumption of drugs or alcohol may appear to abate the symptoms at first, long-term use requires a higher dose to help recreate those effects, leading to unhealthy tendencies. Staying Sober Throughout ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Use During Pregnancy

    Using drugs or drinking alcohol while pregnant can create a number of health issues for both mother and child. This can affect a growing fetus because substances travel easily from the placenta, leaving the potential for harm. 4 While not all women ...

    ... during the first trimester can lead to long-term memory problems and impaired learning, as well ... while the substance leaves your body. 5 Depending on the drug used and the severity of addiction, you can detox in one of ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

    Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is commonly used to suppress coughing. You'll find it in a number of cough syrups and in cold medications (both over-the-counter and prescription). It is also sold on the street under several different names, including: ...

    ... following effects associated with DXM use: Dizziness. Feeling faint. Nausea. Stomach pain. Restlessness. Increased heart rate. Fatigue. Long-term Effects of Dextromethorphan The long-term effects of Dextromethorphan are ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Morphine Use

    Morphine, an opiate narcotic painkiller , is a Schedule II controlled substance, which means it has a high potential for abuse. It can be a great option for patients in pain; however, when used recreationally or in inappropriately high doses, ...

    ... morphine overdose situation. Opiate overdose can lead to coma or death . Long-term Effects of Morphine The main risk associated with long-term use of morphine is the development of addiction. Opiate addiction can ravage ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Fentanyl Use

    Is Fentanyl Dangerous? Fentanyl may be administered through: Patches. Oral or nasal spray. Lollipops (a 'troche' or lozenge with a stick handle). Injection. Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid analgesic - excellent for controlling serious pain, ...

    ... and/or labile (frequently changing) moods. Fentanyl Dependency As with the development of tolerance to any drug, long-term Fentanyl use will require an individual to take more and more Fentanyl to achieve the same high . ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ritalin Use

    Is Ritalin Bad For You? Ritalin (generic name: methylphenidate) is a stimulant prescribed to reduce the effects of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is also sometimes prescribed for the ...

    ... Raised or lowered blood pressure. Long-term Effects The long-term effects of Ritalin abuse may ... addiction often engage in a “binge-crash” cycle, with continual use and no sleep for days, followed by heavy sleeping that can ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Codeine Use

    Codeine is one of the many pharmaceuticals classified as an opiate . Opiates are narcotics with a high potential for addiction. When used as prescribed, this pain reliever and cough suppressant is a relatively mild opiate. However, it is still a ...

    ... (lung function) and other medical complications including: Organ damage. Coma. Death. The biggest long-term issue with codeine use is that the drug causes dependence . Aside from the physical problems that codeine abuse ... continue reading
  • Using MDMA (Ecstasy) While Breastfeeding

    Ecstasy, or MDMA, is a widely used drug popular among young adults. It is a synthetic, psychoactive drug with chemical structural similarities to both methamphetamine and mescaline—capable of producing both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects in ...

    ... lead to death 1 . It almost goes without saying, but using illicit substances such as ecstasy while nursing can cause serious harm ... use. CBT helps you cope with urges or cravings to use ecstasy so that you are no longer ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Psilocybin Use

    Is Psilocybin Harmful? Psilocybin is a compound that is naturally occurring fungal alkaloid—a chemical compound that is found in more than 100 species of mushrooms (also known as magic mushrooms or shrooms). 1 When ingested, psilocybin is ...

    ... the following have been reported to develop even after a single use of psilocybin, the risks of experiencing these adverse effects may be increased with long-term use: 1,2 Drug-induced psychosis, a condition in which a ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of DMT Use

    Is DMT Harmful? DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogenic compound found naturally in a variety of plant species and produced endogenously in the human brain. Although the brain produces it naturally, the compound itself is still a Schedule 1 ...

    ... not indicated that DMT creates tolerance in users. The greatest risks of long-term use of DMT are psychological, since use puts the individual at the risk of developing psychosis and experiencing persistent flashbacks ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Benzodiazepine Use

    Are Benzodiazepines Harmful? Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are drugs prescribed to help control anxiety and seizure disorders. They are central nervous depressants, which means that they slow brain activity. Some commonly prescribed benzos ...

    ... in those with chronic substance abuse problems. Additionally, preliminary research indicates an association between long-term benzodiazepine use and an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease 8 . You can break free from ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opioid Use

    Are Opioids Harmful? Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine , and morphine ; synthetic opioids including fentanyl ; and the illegal drug heroin . 1,2 ...

    ... Opioid addiction is identified as a compulsive urge to use the drug even when they are not required ... them. This can lead to heart problems, including long-term heart infections, as well as pulmonary embolisms. 9 A ... continue reading
  • The Effects of PCP Use

    What Is PCP? PCP abbreviation for the powerful, dissociative sedative drug phencyclidine. PCP is found sold on the street in many forms including: White powder. Crystal. Capsules. Tablets. Liquid. The tablets can be found in multiple colors and, ...

    ... and heart rate. Breathing problems. Raised body temperature. Anxiety, panic, and feeling extreme worry. Long-Term Effects With excessive use of PCP over an extended period of time, the negative effects of PCP become more ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Subutex Use

    What Is Subutex? Subutex is one brand-name formulation of a medication known as buprenorphine. As a partial opioid agonist-antagonist, buprenorphine shares some properties with other opioid substances such as: Heroin. Oxycodone. Hydrocodone. ...

    ... at risk for abscesses, bloodborne diseases, and other complications associated with injection drug use. Subutex Dependence Another long-term effect of Subutex abuse is a ddiction . Addiction is the process of continuing ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Tramadol Use

    Tramadol is a synthetic opioid analgesic (painkiller) that is frequently prescribed to manage moderate to severe levels of pain—such as that experienced after surgery or in chronic conditions like arthritis. It is commonly marketed under one of ...

    ... are associated with cognitive impairment and slowed reaction times. Complex tasks may become more difficult with long-term use of tramadol, and users may present a danger to themselves or others when driving. The side ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Valium Use

    Is Valium Harmful? Valium, a popular sedative-hypnotic prescription drug , has numerous effects on the body, many of which can be dangerous when the drug is misused or abused. Valium (diazepam) is prescribed for sleeplessness, anxiety, muscle ...

    ... reflexes. Nausea. Appetite changes. Trouble urinating. Blurred vision. Confusion. Decreased memory consolidation. Valium Long-Term Effects Heavy use of Valium over an extended period of time can have powerful effects on ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Use and Abuse

    What Is Marijuana? Marijuana refers to the leaves, flowers, and extracts of the plant Cannabis sativa and several closely related species commonly known as hemp. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States and is known by a ...

    ... who are older—placing them at greater risk of a cardiovascular event. Mental health effects : Long-term marijuana use can decrease an individual's performance on memory-related tasks and cause a decrease in motivation ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Vicodin Use

    Vicodin is an prescription painkiller medication that is comprised of two substances: Hydrocodone. Acetaminophen . Hydrocodone is an opiate drug that works as a pain reliever , useful in managing multiple levels of pain with similar efficacy to ...

    ... .4% of 10 th graders, and 4.8% of 12 th graders using Vicodin in the last year. In an effort to limit the potential for abuse ... other intoxicating substances. Long Term Effects of Vicodin In the long-term, Vicodin has the ... continue reading
  • Effects of Crystal Meth Use and Abuse

    What is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have long-lasting effects on your body. This is a man-made substance that, with the advent of other more efficacious prescription stimulants, now has limited ...

    ... addictive nature of the substance . What are the Short-Term Effects of Methamphetamine Abuse? People that use the drug are looking for the immediate and long-lasting high for which the drug has gained notoriety. When the ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Demerol Use

    Is Demerol Harmful? The use of Demerol and other prescription opioids is widespread. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for painkillers, per the Centers for the Disease Control (CDC). The CDC estimates that enough prescriptions were ...

    ... with addiction treatment. It may only be administered at specialized clinics. Methadone may be used as a long-term maintenance treatment for opiate dependence or gradually tapered over time. Buprenorphine can decrease ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Crystal Meth After the First Use?

    What is Crystal meth? Crystal meth is a powerful, synthetically made stimulant. It can be ingested orally, injected intravenously, snorted or smoked. Crystal meth is notorious for its high addictive potential and many people suggest that taking just ...

    ... 's short- and long-term effects are similar to those seen with cocaine use. Though both are ... , consider calling a hotline. What is it that I'm gaining from using crystal meth? Is it the allure of that initial rush, or are ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Soma Use

    Soma (generic name: carisoprodol ) is prescribed for short-term relief of acute musculoskeletal pain . It is intended only to be used for short time periods (generally up to 3 weeks). Is Soma Dangerous? The therapeutic effect of Soma is effectively ...

    ... . Strained relationships. Crime. The body is also susceptible to damage from long-term use of Soma (and other drugs, if combined). Sustained use may cause organ damage, respiratory troubles, and seizures, among other ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Librium Use

    Librium , which is a brand name formulation of chlordiazepoxide, belongs to a class of sedative medications known as benzodiazepines . Librium has been widely used as a treatment for anxiety and for managing the symptoms of alcohol and other ...

    ... these harmful effects, as well as other complications. Long-Term Effects of Abusing Librium Librium and other benzodiazepines are not recommended for long-term use 1 . Although Librium is generally considered safe when ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

    Is Dilaudid Harmful? Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is an opioid analgesic prescribed to relieve pain. It is available in hospital settings as an injectable solution, or may be prescribed in either an oral solution or tablet form. Its use is frequently ...

    ... pressure). Fatigue. Dizziness. Fainting. Stupor. Respiratory depression. Respiratory collapse. Coma. Long-Term Effects Using Dilaudid on a long-term basis can result in many serious physical and psychological health ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Use During Pregnancy

    Cocaine usage during pregnancy has the potential to harm both mother and baby, and the effects may be long-lasting. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), roughly 1,000 pregnant women reported using cocaine in the past ...

    ... were also more likely to engage in aggressive behaviors at school , as well as steal or use tobacco or alcohol. 17 Long-term drug abuse can greatly impact the development of a child. Prenatally exposed children may be ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Suboxone Use

    Overview of Suboxone The Suboxone Debate: Learn why use of Suboxone is a hotly contested issue. Suboxone is a combination drug comprised of two substances: 1,2 Buprenorphine—a partial opioid agonist with a “ceiling effect” that keeps effects ...

    ... very rapid or immediate onset of opioid withdrawal. 1 Can I Become Addicted to Suboxone? Suboxone is used in the long-term management of opiate abuse to end the pattern of abuse, but it actually can be abused itself. In ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Percocet Use

    Is Percocet Harmful? When abused, Percocet can be quite harmful. Percocet is the brand name of a narcotic pain reliever containing a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol) that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The short-term ...

    ... health and quality of life in other ways. Some of the indirect health problems associated with the long-term use or abuse of these drugs include: Swelling in hands or lower legs. Immune suppression. Sexual dysfunction ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Marijuana Use

    Is Marijuana Harmful? Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States. It is normally smoked as a joint or in a pipe and can also be smoked as a blunt. Marijuana can be mixed with food, brewed as tea or used in the form of ...

    ... when young may experience cognitive impairment as adults even when no longer using the drug. The long-term effects of marijuana can be unpredictable. Long-term use can also lead to a number of other unwanted effects ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hydrocodone Use

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is a prescription medication sold under multiple brand names, such as: Vicodin. Norco. Lortab. The aforementioned trade names are combinations of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Other trade formulations also exist that ...

    ... may be better suited to dealing with the effects of opiate withdrawal. Treatment Withdrawal from long-term hydrocodone use can be very unpleasant. The opiate withdrawal syndrome is frequently described as having flu-like ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Heroin Use

    Is Heroin Harmful? Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is a very addictive and illegal opioid drug . The drug is available on the illicit market in a number of different varieties, with purer product tending to occur in white ...

    ... the brain, heart problems, coma, and death. Long Term Effects of Heroin Use There is a wide range of effects from long-term heroin use . People with continued heroin use for long periods of time may experience: Decreased ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Crack Use

    Is Crack Harmful? Since it first appeared on the illicit drug scene during the 1980s, crack cocaine has solidified its reputation as one of the most addictive substances available on the street. According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, ...

    ... resulting sleep deprivation contributes to the user's disordered, delusional thinking. Lasting Health Effects Long-term crack cocaine use risks not only the mental effects listed previously but also serious risks to an ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol Use

    Moderate Drinking vs. Alcohol Abuse It's true that many sources point to the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. The key word here is moderate. Some studies have shown a connection between light to moderate drinking and decreased heart ...

    ... can also lead to alcoholism, or an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Even weekend binge drinking raises your ... Increased blood pressure. Rapid pulse. Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Heavy, long-term drinking can take a toll on the ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hashish Use

    What is Hashish? Hashish comes mainly from the flowers (as well as leaves and stems) of the cannabis plant. The active ingredient in hash is the same as the active ingredient in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); however, the ...

    ... and a sense of a loss of control. An inability to make sound decisions. Long-Term Effects of Abusing Hashish Individuals who chronically use or abuse hashish or other cannabis products may often have issues with: Lowered ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Heroin After the First Use?

    Heroin has the reputation of being one of the most addictive illicit drugs. Many government and academic institutions all report that heroin is either very addictive or highly addictive . Adding to the risk associated with the substance is the ...

    ... sources of information about how heroin affects someone—both physically and psychologically, in the short and long term. Using heroin once may not be a problem, but due to the highly addictive quality of the substance ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Effects on the Body: Short-Term & Side Effects

    What is Cocaine? Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive substance. Cocaine hydrochloride remains a schedule II controlled substance, as it has some legal therapeutic application as a pain reliever and vasoconstrictor, useful in association with ...

    ... : Blue Cross Blue Shield Humana Aetna Kaiser Permanente Lasting Health Effects When short-term use crosses the line into long-term use, the risks increase for new and exaggerated negative results. These lasting health ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ativan Use

    Is Ativan Harmful? Ativan (generic name: lorazepam) is classified as a benzodiazepine medication used primarily for short-term treatment of anxiety and seizure activity. It is sometimes used to manage intractable insomnia, and as a sedative for ...

    ... abuse can accelerate the rate of mental decline associated with an existing dementia. Tolerance A common long-term effect of Ativan use is the development of a tolerance to the drug. Tolerance to Ativan is the body's ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... A recent study published in the journal Addiction linked alcohol-related suicides to larger numbers of bars and liquor stores in their community. Researchers analyzed data from the National Violent Death Reporting System ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... tapered off. One month later, 18 percent of the tapered group self-reported they had returned to opiate use, compared to just 8 percent of the inmates who continued methadone maintenance. “For most of these people, the ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... s friend recognized the signs of overdose and called 911. Unlike Shannon's friend, a lot of us wouldn't recognize the signs of a Xanax overdose if we saw them. This can be a fatal mistake. It's in these situations - when ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... last year. But in Alabama, alcohol and weed are no longer the main substances plaguing drivers on the state's highways and byways. Believe it or not, Xanax now far surpasses marijuana as a leading cause of DUI. Benzos ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn ... , but Kelly soon discovered that bottle didn't last very long. On top of that, the pills were starting to wear ... continue reading
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