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  • 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 ...

    ... testosterone, they will influence many of the characteristics of gender in the person abusing the substance. In those taking doses up to 100 times the medically-appropriate levels, many side effects ... dangerous effect of ... continue reading
  • Steroid Abuse

    Overview of Steroid Abuse Steroids are lifesavers in many situations. For example, corticosteroids open up the lungs to allow for increased breathing during asthma attacks. However, there are steroids that can be incredibly damaging to one's health ...

    ... sex-specific characteristics as well. The most infamous side effects are the shrinking of the testicles and the ... infertility. In women, the drug is converted into testosterone, which can lead to increased body hair and ... continue reading
  • Steroid Overdose

    In general, there are two kinds of steroid drugs: Corticosteroids, which are used for medical issues. Anabolic steroids , which may also have indications for medical use, but are often misused to improve strength, appearance, and athletic ...

    ... steroids) are essentially lab-created analogues of testosterone, and will function similarly to that hormone ... to only take the medication according to your physician's guidelines and report any alarming side effects or ... continue reading
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  • How to Help a Steroid Addict

    Help for Steroids Addicts People who are addicted to steroids may need professional help to stop taking the drug. While the dependency that develops may be different from other, more commonly abused substances, anabolic steroids can indeed be ...

    ... adequate levels of testosterone or estrogen. ... taken anabolic steroids, it's okay to seek help for a dependency or addiction problem. With help from a medical provider, you may be able to reduce the side effects ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is a brand name for the medication lisdexamfetamine that is prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and binge-eating disorders 1,2 . Vyvanse belongs to a class of medicines known as central nervous system (CNS) ...

    ... stay awake longer. Some people take Vyvanse orally, but more often, abusers of Vyvanse use it by crushing and snorting it, or mixing it with water and then injecting it 5 . Side Effects of Vyvanse Use Vyvanse can produce ... continue reading
  • Effects of Desoxyn Abuse

    Desoxyn is a prescription drug that is indicated to treat two conditions 1,2 : Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 6 and older. Exogenous obesity (obesity due to overeating) in individuals 12 years old or older (on a ...

    ... Side Effects Desoxyn use can lead to a number of potentially dangerous side effects even when the substance is taken ... is a common development—even when someone is taking it as prescribed. Someone dependent on Desoxyn may ... 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 ...

    ... is associated with a number of unwanted side effects. These effects tend to increase in frequency and ... a link to long-term suppression of growth . Taking a stimulant medication consistently has been shown in some ... 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, ...

    ... any kind of substance abuse are advised to avoid taking Concerta, which is classified as a Schedule II drug ... Side Effects The side effects of Concerta use can be mild or extreme. The side effects depend on the dosage taken ... 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 ...

    ... inject amphetamines to produce strong effects rapidly. By doing so and/or taking excess doses, you put ... Learn more about this frightening trend. Side Effects The side effects of amphetamines usage can range from mild ... 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 ...

    ... ) and how much is taken. Also, like any prescription drug the effects will typically be stronger for those inappropriately taking it without a condition that merits its use. Side effects of Ritalin abuse can include ... continue reading
  • Effects of Stimulant Drugs

    Are Stimulants Harmful? Any amount of stimulant abuse can cause damage to the user. Stimulants are a class of substances that increase certain types of cell signaling and amplify various physiologic processes throughout the brain and body. In ...

    ... be slightly different in its specific effects, all stimulants share a set of side effects that can wreak havoc on ... unsuccessful. They have to take larger and larger amounts to feel the same effects. Without the stimulant, ... 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 ...

    ... Short-Term Effects When used for short periods as prescribed by a physician, it has the positive effect of ... If you or someone you care about is feeling these side effects, it may be time to get help . Concerns ... 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 ...

    ... side effects is increased when dextroamphetamine is taken in larger doses than prescribed, taken for long periods of time, taken ... Institutes of Health (NIH) states that an effect of chronic abuse is psychosis that is “ ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is the brand name of a medication prescribed to treat attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder (BED) 1 . This substance is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that interacts with several ...

    ... causes additional physical harm. Side Effects of Snorting Vyvanse Side effects of Vyvanse use (which will ... today. Can Snorting Vyvanse Cause an Overdose? Someone taking Vyvanse as prescribed is at low risk of overdose ... continue reading
  • Adderall Abuse

    What Is Adderall? Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine that is used primarily to treat the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) . It has benefits with sleep disorders and reported, off-label utility ...

    ... Taking someone else's medication. Purchasing the drug from an illicit source for recreational use. Signs and Symptoms Even medically approved use of Adderall can cause side effects ... when the drug is taken above and beyond ... continue reading
  • Trazodone Use in Substance Abuse Treatment

    Each individual in recovery is likely to have had a somewhat unique substance abuse program experience. There are a number of therapeutic variables, including treatment center setting and program duration. However, many commonly encountered ...

    ... no improvement in sleep among people who took trazodone while attempting methadone maintenance therapy. 5 ... 's Possible Side Effects? It is important to note that taking trazodone could cause negative side effects to your ... continue reading
  • Snorting Adderall

    What is Adderall? Adderall is a prescription stimulant used and abused for its ability to increase energy and mental focus, as well as for its potential to elicit pleasurable feelings at high enough doses 1 . It is prescribed for the treatment of ...

    ... Dependence can occur in someone who is taking the medication as prescribed or in someone ... side effects. Side Effects of Snorting Adderall Adderall can lead to serious physical and mental side effects, especially when taken ... continue reading
  • Wellbutrin Abuse

    Bupropion (Wellbutrin, Aplenzin, Zyban) is a drug that is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, seasonal affective disorder, and to help people stop smoking 1 . Doctors also frequently prescribe bupropion to ...

    ... appears capable of producing stimulant-like effects if taken in doses far higher than those prescribed ... seizures are to occur, making this an especially dangerous side effect to abusers 2 , and overdose has been known to ... continue reading
  • Dexedrine Abuse

    Dexedrine is the brand name for an extended-release formulation of dextroamphetamine, a central nervous system stimulant prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Dextroamphetamine is also one of the active ...

    ... individual taking stimulant medication as prescribed may experience some possible side effects that ... person has stopped liking the drug, they may continue to take it anyway, creating a neverending cycle of drug use and ... continue reading
  • Snorting Ritalin

    Ritalin is sold as both an immediate-release and extended-release medication 2 . Extended-release Ritalin is designed to gradually release methylphenidate into the bloodstream throughout the day, rather than all at once. Ritalin is classified as a ...

    ... misuse can involve 3 : Taking the drug without a prescription. Taking the drug in a way ... damage. Nose bleeds. Dental issues. While some of its side effects may be reversible, others may have lasting consequences. There is ... continue reading
  • How to Get Help for Dexedrine Abuse

    How to Approach an Addict If you're worried about someone you love using Dexedrine, watch out for use of dextroamphetamine as other brand formulations like Adderall , ProCentra, and Zenzedi. If someone close to you is struggling with an addiction to ...

    ... feel unsure of how to express your concern when addiction has taken hold of someone you love. It can be even more difficult ... you need more and more to feel the same effects. If you're taking the drug to get “high” but you ... continue reading
  • Vyvanse Overdose

    Vyvanse is a medication prescribed to manage ADHD and the compulsive behaviors associated with binge eating disorders 1 . However, as with any medication, taking too much Vyvanse can have serious side effects. Furthermore, people have become ...

    ... as with any medication, taking too much Vyvanse can have serious side effects. Furthermore, people have become ... Overdose A good way to prevent an overdose is to take it only when a doctor prescribes it for you and exactly ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextroamphetamine Addict

    How to Approach an Addict If someone in your life is struggling with an addiction to dextroamphetamine, you may be experiencing a lot of emotions, such as fear, concern, anger, and frustration. You may be willing to try anything to get them into ...

    ... larger doses to experience the same effects or “high”. Individuals who begin taking increasingly more of the drug to ... Hallucinations Erratic behavior. Apart from the side effects, other indicators of a problem may include ... continue reading
  • Stimulant Drug Abuse

    Stimulants, both illicit and prescription, are known to increase energy and alertness. Prescription stimulants can offer therapeutic benefits when used as prescribed. However, both prescription and illicit stimulants have a high propensity for ...

    ... with a variety of health and behavioral effects. 4 Some stimulant side effects occur after short periods of use, ... only to marijuana in terms of illicit drug use taking place in college. 20 The misuse of prescription ... continue reading
  • Why Are Amphetamines So Addictive?

    Amphetamines are a class of synthetic drugs that similarly stimulate the central nervous system (CNS). They are prescribed for legitimate use in the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and, rarely, in cases of ...

    ... Effects of Amphetamine Amphetamines may be taken orally, snorted, smoked, or injected. Even small doses may exert a profound effect ... are not limited to) the following: Taking more amphetamines than originally intended (or ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Concerta Addict

    When you love someone with an addiction, it can be hard to understand why he or she can't just stop using overnight. Addiction can take over an individual's life and produce an all-consuming desire to continue use despite wanting or needing to stop. ...

    ... or she can't just stop using overnight. Addiction can take over an individual's life and produce an all-consuming ... and symptoms of their addiction. The negative side effects that might indicate someone is abusing Concerta ... continue reading
  • Desoxyn Abuse

    What Is Desoxyn? Desoxyn is a prescription stimulant medication that contains methamphetamine hydrochloride . It is available in 5 mg tablets that are intended for oral use 1,2 . It is prescribed for the treatment of 1 : ...

    ... individual. However, when too much is taken or the drug is taken without a medical need, increased dopamine activity ... 3,7 . The wanted effects of Desoxyn eventually give way to the side effects of the medication, which ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Adderall Addict

    Help for Adderall Addicts Adderall is the brand name for a drug that contains two active ingredients: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine . These ingredients work to stimulate and speed up the body. Doctors use this drug in the treatment of ...

    ... any of the following warning signs in someone who takes Adderall with or without a doctor's prescription, it ... signs and symptoms that range from short-term side effects to long-term consequences. Common signs of Adderall ... continue reading
  • Ritalin Abuse

    Ritalin addiction can throw your life off course but recovery can get you back on track. Ritalin is the trade name for methylphenidate, a stimulant of the central nervous system used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit ...

    ... very similar to that of cocaine addicts . Taken intravenously, effects of the drug have a significant spike, ... suspect that your teen is taking Ritalin for recreational use, take action immediately . By seeking treatment ... continue reading
  • Amphetamine Addiction

    Amphetamines are prescription medications or illegal substances that are also known as stimulants, as they speed up your metabolism and increase your alertness. When legally prescribed, they are typically used to treat attention-deficit ...

    ... when you need to take more of the substance to experience the same pleasurable effects. 5 Dependence occurs ... a prescription, using it in an unintended way, or taking a medication that has been prescribed to someone else. ... continue reading
  • How to Treat Stimulant Addiction

    The stimulants are a broad class of substances that affect the nervous system in a way that leads to increased activity across a number of mental and physical processes—serving, in varying degrees, to boost energy and attention but also capable of ...

    ... violence against others. Treatment for stimulant addiction can take place in a number of different settings based ... long periods, but abusing the medications by taking them in ways other than prescribed will significantly ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... all the students surveyed in the CVS report said they took stimulants to assist with pulling an all-night study session ... The Collegiate Response Luckily, some colleges are taking steps to address this growing problem. ... continue reading
  • Adderall Overdose

    Adderall - the pharmaceutical combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine - is a prescription stimulant medication primarily used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults 1 . When taken as prescribed, ...

    ... they will need to achieve to achieve the same intoxicating effects, or “high.” This puts users at higher risk of ... for non-medical purposes. Non-medical use includes: Taking the drug without a prescription or using it more ... continue reading
  • Adderall Withdrawal

    Adderall, a branded formulation of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine , is a stimulant that doctors prescribe for the management of: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a prescription stimulant, Adderall can be used to ...

    ... for an abuser to resist the urge to resume taking the drug in order to relieve these unpleasant feelings ... before facing a craving on your own. Remember negative effects. Sometimes referred to as “playing the tape to the ... continue reading
  • Vyvanse Abuse

    Vyvanse, also known in its generic form as lisdexamfetamine, is a medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also approved it for treatment ...

    ... and use Vyvanse, as well as recover from its effects. Intense cravings for Vyvanse. Using Vyvanse in a ... Tolerance, or a diminished effect when the same amount is used. When Vyvanse is taken in particularly high doses, ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Ritalin Addict

    Help for Ritalin Addicts Ritalin (generic name: methylphenidate) is a highly addictive prescription stimulant medication used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is a widely prescribed medication, making its abuse a common ...

    ... crushed up and inhaled nasally or injected, as the effects are felt quicker and more intensely. What are the ... opiates. Crush the tablets and inhale them rather than take them orally. Am I Addicted? Addiction signs aren't ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Amphetamine Addict

    Amphetamine addiction is a serious issue. Stimulants have the potential to adversely affect the personality and behavior of the individuals abusing these drugs. Amphetamine addiction is a serious issue; stimulants have the potential to adversely ...

    ... structure of these brain regions , which may have profound effects on behavior over time. Due to their mode of ... get the same feeling you got when you began taking them. You use amphetamines more frequently than when you ... continue reading
  • Stimulant Withdrawal

    Stimulants are substances that increase the activity of several neurotransmitter systems throughout the brain, and are capable of creating a state of heightened energy and alertness. Additionally, many of the stimulant drugs elevate physiological ...

    ... weeks, accompanied by drug cravings. The duration of effects will vary based on the stimulant that was being ... to home or get away? Some people find that taking an extended break from their hometown provides them the best ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Desoxyn Addict

    You may be surprised to learn that Desoxyn is actually methamphetamine. It is the only remaining marketed pharmaceutical containing methamphetamine 1 . Stimulant abuse is a major problem in the U.S. More than 1.6 million people in the U.S. admitted ...

    ... manufactured, which may produce more intense and unpredictable effects than Desoxyn itself 4 . They may also ... one in a positive way, there are avenues you can take to learn the skills to help motivate your loved one to ... continue reading
  • History and Statistics of “Study Drugs”

    What are “Study Drugs?” The colloquial term “study drugs” typically refers to prescription stimulant medications (such as Ritalin and Concerta) that are used to enhance aspects of a user's mental functioning, such as: Memory. Concentration. ...

    ... survey was Adderall, used by 60% of those taking stimulants, followed by Ritalin and Vyvanse. Of the students ... than those who do not take them. In addition to having little to no beneficial effects for people who do not ... continue reading
  • Dextroamphetamine Abuse

    Dextroamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant prescribed for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. This substance is also known by specific brand names such as Dexedrine, ProCentra or Zenzedi. The ...

    ... warm up. Dextroamphetamine abuse and addiction can also take a toll on the user's life and cause ... cause for alarm not only because of the potential effects of stimulant abuse but also because the National Institute on ... continue reading
  • Concerta Abuse

    [quizBuddy quiz=”Concerta Abuse” question=”1″] What Is Concerta? When taken in high doses, Concerta can produce physical and mental effects similar to street drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine. Concerta is the brand name for an ...

    ... which means it has a high potential for abuse and addiction. When taken in high doses, Concerta can produce physical and mental effects similar to street drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine . People who abuse Concerta ... continue reading
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    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... were noted among women. Low testosterone in men has side effects including mood swings, fatigue and ... depleted levels of testosterone before starting treatment. The very notable side effect leaves some health officials ... 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 ...

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  • The Side Effects of Xanax Use

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  • The Other Side of Suboxone

    It's become a commonly prescribed medical treatment for opioid addiction . In some cases, doctors prescribe Suboxone with the intention of stabilize those struggling with continued, compulsive abuse of illicit or prescription opioids to then, one ...

    ... Effects In addition to these side effects, the abrupt discontinuation of buprenorphine could also lead to withdrawal. If a person has been taking ... withdrawal become more likely and can take their toll on a person as ... continue reading
  • Naltrexone Effects

    Naltrexone is a drug used as part of medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, for those recovering from alcoholism or addiction to opioids (e.g., heroin, painkillers). Naltrexone is an effective drug in addiction treatment, as its primary effect is ...

    ... works by blocking the pleasurable effects of opioids and alcohol. 3 Taking naltrexone can help reduce cravings ... that is taken 3 times a day. 8 Disulfiram (Antabuse)—This once-a-day tablet causes unpleasant side effects if ... 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 ...

    ... to take progressively larger doses in order to achieve the same effects. This can increase the likelihood of dangerous side effects or a potentially fatal overdose. Dependency occurs when a user can't stop taking the ... 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 ...

    ... that can treat an opioid overdose if given immediately. 5 Effects of Injection Drug Use Naturally, taking the drug in nonstandard ways increases its side effects. The body is not, for example, designed to cope with ... 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 ...

    ... likely repeat the same behaviors in order to re-experience it. Side Effects Mild Side Effects Some patients experience mild side effects when they take hydrocodone. These symptoms generally abate as the dose wears off ... 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 ...

    ... taken in large doses, the depressant effects are stronger and may cause lapses in memory. Side Effects Using alprazolam can bring about a variety of side effects. Most alprazolam side effects ... people begin taking the drugs ... 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 ...

    ... more Opana you take, the more side effects you may experience and the more intense your side effects may be. ... you begin increasing your dosage on your own or taking the drug in ways other than prescribed. Furthermore, ... continue reading
  • What Does Acid do to You? The Effects of LSD (Acid)

    What is LSD (Acid)? D-lysergic acid diethylamide, better known as LSD or “acid,” is a hallucinogenic drug made from lysergic acid, a natural chemical found in a fungus that grows on rye called Claviceps purpurea . LSD was first created in 1938 ...

    ... Take our online confidential survey . Is LSD (Acid) Dangerous? LSD (acid) does carry some health risks and side-effects ... behaviors. Suicidal thoughts. Taking acid in an uncontrolled setting or taking a larger dose than ... 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 ...

    ... 's ability to breathe when taken at a high dose. 3 Opioid Side Effects Because opioids and their analogs interact ... normal. When a person dependent on a drug stops taking it, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. 2,9 ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Subutex Use

    What Is Subutex? NOTE: Subutex has been discontinued; however, buprenorphine is still prescribed in combination with naloxone in Suboxone. Subutex is one brand-name formulation of a medication known as buprenorphine. As a partial opioid ...

    ... effect.” This means that the desired effects of the substance gradually level off even when the dosing increases. Taking ... . Slowed breathing. Side Effects Subutex is not without its unwanted side effects. Some may present ... 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 ...

    ... patients taking it. These effects on mood may cause some patients, like the women quoted above, to take ... a danger to themselves or others when driving. The side effects of tolerance and dependence may ultimately lead to a ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ativan Use

    Is Ativan Harmful? When misused or taken recreationally, Ativan can be addictive and dangerous. Ativan (generic name: lorazepam) is classified as a benzodiazepine medication used primarily for short-term treatment of anxiety and seizure activity. It ...

    ... . The side effects of Ativan use are more common in elderly patients taking the drug. Taking Ativan may ... anxiety's return. Adding to this fear is the rebound effect correlated to ending Ativan use. This is when anxious ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... pleasant. Weight Loss - While to some this may seem like a positive side effect, it is generally a sign of poor health conditions. Effects That Can Be Lethal Collapsed Veins - Injecting morphine into veins repeatedly can ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

    Abusers of DXM often underestimate the dangerous effects of DXM, as it is advertised as safe for use. However, its safety for use in therapeutic doses does not translate to safety for recreational use. Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is commonly used ...

    ... Effects “Robo-tripping,” or taking dextromethorphan in large amounts to get high, can produce short-term effect ... “Special K”). Side Effects There are a number of different dextromethorphan side effects depending on any ... 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 ...

    ... than advised are taken (or the user is taking Lortab recreationally). These short-term effects include: Feelings ... Loss of consciousness / coma. NOTE: The side effects listed above are those of hydrocodone overdose. ... 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, ...

    ... effects rapidly. Doing so increases the intensity of the side effects and can throw the user over the line into overdose. Fentanyl Overdose Symptoms Taking ... disease that should not be taken lightly. Make the decision to ... 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 ...

    ... Side Effects Methylphenidate side effects vary from user to user, and the full list of possible side effects is robust. If you take ... appetite. Methylphenidate Overdose Symptoms Taking Ritalin or Concerta recreationally, ... 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 ...

    ... effects on the body. Side Effects In addition to the intoxicating short-term effects sought by users, MXE can also produce undesirable side effects ... substance use disorder include 6 : Taking more of the drug than intended ... 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 ...

    ... over time 2 . Side Effects Side effects can occur even when taken at a therapeutic dose; however, the risk of adverse effects markedly increases at higher doses. Possible side effects include 2 : Excessive drowsiness ... 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, ...

    ... have experienced severe side effects, such as broken bones on it, but still be taking the drug. ... psychotherapy can help you address the central underlying reasons you take it. Counseling can help you resist the lure of ... 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 ...

    ... 3 weeks). Is Soma Dangerous? The therapeutic effect of Soma is effectively to interfere with ... Side Effects Because Soma has some sedative properties, its side effects mirror those of other sedatives, especially when taken ... 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, ...

    ... side effects and overdose. Side Effects Morphine use can cause a range of side effects, ranging from mild to fatal. These side effects ... right away. Learn more at our blog, Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose ... 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 ...

    ... weight loss can occur . Short-term side effects may be temporary, but long-term side effects can cause irreversible damage to the body. Because it is addictive in nature, those who take it are more likely to crave the ... 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 ...

    ... usually does more good than harm to the thousands of people who take it. It is easy to reduce dosages, and it can be ... Howcast [quizBuddy quiz=”Methadone Effects” question=”3″] Side Effects Methadone slows down your ... 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 ...

    ... to addiction . You might notice tolerance developing even when taking it as prescribed, which means you will need to ... for a developing addiction. Side Effects Some common side effects of OxyContin abuse include: ... 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 ...

    ... Taking too much/abusing it can lead to: 1,4 Sleepiness. Confusion. Nausea. Respiratory depression. Side Effects ... , as well as outline the therapeutic steps one can take to get off drugs. Recovery The last stage is ... 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 ...

    ... the sluggish, happy feeling. The danger of continually taking Valium, however, is that the body quickly builds ... compulsion to take ever-increasing amounts of Valium is one of the signs of addiction. Side Effects When ... 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 ...

    ... anesthesia to work more quickly. Side Effects Side Effects Dizziness. Muscular weakness. Drowsiness. ... and irritability, the opposite of its intended effect. Patients experiencing these signs and symptoms should ... 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 ...

    ... the user is at greater risk of the above side effects. An individual's risk of overdose is also markedly ... stem directly from its effects on the nervous system. Additionally, when Vicodin is taken in excess to the point ... 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 ...

    ... side effects. 8 MDMA's intoxicating effects can last up to 8 hours. It's common for people to take another dose when the effects ... as “stacking” (taking many tablets at once) or “boosting” (taking dose after dose). ... 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 ...

    ... . There are a number of side effects of clonazepam, especially if you take it for a long period of ... Rebound Symptoms When someone stops taking clonazepam they will experience a rebound effect. This means that the ... continue reading
  • What Are the Effects of Ambien?

    Ambien is the brand name for zolpidem tartrate, a sedative-hypnotic. When you take Ambien correctly, it can make you feel relaxed, comfortable and sleepy. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency classifies the prescription drug Ambien as a ...

    ... Long-Term Consequences One of the more serious effects of taking Ambien is developing a tolerance to the ... to feel the same effects that you did when you first took the drug. 2 Another long-term effect of Ambien is ... continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

    Natural ingredients, legal use, lower cost…it must be healthy, right? The deadly misconception above has led to a growing number of fatalities brought on by synthetic or “designer” drugs. Use of synthetic marijuana - sold under names like ...

    ... symptoms produced by cannabis. Due to these characteristics, Spice can have long-term effects on the brain. Side effects of Spice can include: Hallucinations Vomiting Confusion and Paranoia Rapid heart rate Myocardial ... 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 - ...

    ... is not natural and can have a number of dangerous side effects . It can also be addictive , and can produce ... detoxing-in the case of Spice, this can often take a week or longer. Substance abuse treatment will commence ... continue reading
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