Prescription Drugs

Methadone vs. Buprenorphine for Opioid Detox

Methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone are two of the primary medication options for treatment of people affected by opioid addiction. Both medications belong to a treatment approach called opioid substitution therapy. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from six U.S. institutions compared the effectiveness of methadone to the effectiveness of buprenorphine/naloxone. …

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Personality Disorders Thwart Opioid Addiction Treatment

Personality disorders are entrenched patterns of thought and behavior that damage affected individuals’ ability to do such things as maintain friendships or relationships, maintain a productive daily routine or take advantage of social opportunities. The American Psychiatric Association gives doctors the freedom to diagnose 10 main forms of these disorders. In a study published in …

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Buprenorphine Implants Work for Opioid Addiction

Buprenorphine is an opioid-based medication that sometimes plays a role in the treatment of people addicted to stronger opioid substances. Normally, the medication is taken in a sublingual form that dissolves when placed under the tongue. However, in March 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new buprenorphine product, known as Probuphine, …

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Naltrexone in High Doses Best for Opioid Addiction Treatment

Naltrexone is the name of a medication that counteracts the effects of opioid narcotic drugs and medications inside the brain and body. Doctors commonly use the medication to help opioid-addicted people stay drug-free during recovery. In a study published in November 2013 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, an American research team assessed the …

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Adderall a Dangerous Study Aid

A prescription drug designed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder has become one of the most commonly abused prescription medications in the United States. Adderall, or the “study drug,” is becoming increasingly popular among college students and the consequences of abuse can be severe. While Adderall is an approved prescription medication, 30 to 40 percent of …

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Propofol Addiction

Until the high-profile death of music legend Michael Jackson, it is possible that many of us would never have been familiar with the medication Propofol, even though it is possible we may have received it in conjunction with a number of medical procedures. Unfortunately, Michael Jackson’s death and the subsequent trial of his personal physician …

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Prochlorperazine (Compazine) Abuse

Prochlorperazine is a genetic medication available as  Compro and Procomp and possibly generic alternatives. This medication is often used to control  severe nausea and vomiting, as well as treating the symptoms of schizophrenia. Prochlorperazine is effective for the short-term treatment of generalized non-psychotic anxiety. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved prochlorperazine for …

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Gabapentin Poses Addiction Risks, Especially When Improperly Prescribed

For those individuals who are dealing with epilepsy or seizures, the outlook can seem dim. They may have lost their ability to see the light at the end of a dark tunnel or maybe they fully believe life has lost its joy because their condition limits what they can safely do. One medication that is …

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