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Benzodiazepine Overdose

Posted on February 12, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Benzodiazepines are a frequently prescribed class of drugs used in the treatment of health problems such as anxiety, insomnia or other sleep disturbances, alcohol withdrawal, and certain types of seizures. Together with a separate class of drugs, called barbiturates, they form a larger category of substances known as sedative-hypnotics. Excessive intake of a benzodiazepine medication can trigger a toxic condition called an overdose. However, severe accidental overdoses from a single type of benzodiazepine occur only rarely; in most cases, serious or potentially fatal problems result from either purposeful suicide attempts or simultaneous use of barbiturates, alcohol, or additional benzodiazepines.

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Naltrexone Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Posted on February 8, 2013 in Heroin

Naltrexone Treatment for Opioid AddictionNaltrexone is a medication that doctors can prescribe as part of a larger treatment regimen for people recovering from active addictions to opioid (narcotic) drugs. It belongs to a group of substances called opioid receptor antagonists, and effectively blocks the mind-altering activity of legal medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illegal substances such as heroin and opium. Because of the abrupt manner in which naltrexone stops the effects of opioid drugs, doctors only issue prescriptions of the medication to people in recovery programs who have already gone through opioid withdrawal.

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Disulfiram (Antabuse) for Alcoholism Treatment

Posted on February 7, 2013 in Alcohol Addiction

Disulfiram is the common name for tetraethylthiuram disulfide, a medication with a long history of use as a treatment for alcoholism. The form of this medication currently available in the United States is known by the trade name Antabuse. Disulfiram does not directly address the effects of alcohol dependence inside the brain; instead, it disrupts the metabolism (breakdown) and elimination of alcohol inside the body. In turn, this disruption produces a highly unpleasant feeling that deters the desire to drink. Doctors carefully control doses of disulfiram in order to avoid the possibility of medication-related poisoning.

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Drug is First to Show Promise in Both Relapse, Withdrawal Symptoms For Marijuana Users

Posted on May 4, 2012 in Research & News

A new prescription drug treatment for marijuana dependence may soon receive final approval from the FDA, marking one of the first medications for curbing marijuana dependence that shows tangible results in the setting of a controlled study.

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New Drug May Be Here Soon to Treat Addiction

Posted on April 18, 2012 in Research & News

A new treatment may soon be available for those suffering from drug dependency. BioDelivery Sciences International (BDSI)’s buprenorphine was featured in an article indicating that the company may have a product available to upstage its competitor, Suboxone, when it comes to drug therapy.

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Is Suboxone a Cure for Painkiller Addiction?

Posted on December 29, 2011 in Research & News

Sales of painkillers have risen by 300 percent since 1999. Along with that the number of people abusing them and dying from overdoses has increased. The nation’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 100 people die every day from drug overdose, the majority of which are prescription painkillers. In fact, deaths from drug overdose have tripled since 1990. Prescription painkillers take more American lives than heroin and cocaine together. Some are hoping that a drug called Suboxone could help stem the tide.

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Does Treating Drug Addiction With Another Drug Really Help?

Posted on August 8, 2011 in Drug Addiction Treatment

Tremendous controversy surrounds the practice of using Methadone and Suboxone to treat addiction to opioids such as heroin. Many addiction professionals believe that such medications should only be used briefly to help with initial withdrawal, if at all. However, a whole industry has developed around methadone maintenance treatments that can be administered for years to help patients stay away from heroin.

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Blood Pressure Drug to Fight Cocaine Addiction

Posted on July 28, 2011 in Cocaine

The search for effective treatment of cocaine addiction could finally be taking a hopeful turn according to a research study recently published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. The study gives hope to those working with coke addicts because until now FDA-approved medications addressed only the symptoms of cocaine withdrawal.

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Can Ibogaine Cure Addiction?

Posted on July 20, 2011 in Drug Addiction Treatment

It was recently reported that Brooke Mueller, Charlie Sheen’s most recent ex-wife, is heading south of the border to kick her drug habit after being booted off a plane. Sources say that Ms. Mueller will be attending an exclusive drug rehab in Cancun that specializes in treating addiction with Ibogaine, a drug that comes from plants.

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FDA Approves Vivitrol for Opiate Addiction Treatment

Posted on October 13, 2010 in Drug Addiction Treatment

On October 12th, 2010, the Food and Drug Administration approved Vivitrol, an injectable medication, as a treatment for opiate addiction. Opiates include heroin and narcotic painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin.

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