The two major drugs of abuse in our society –opioids (heroin) and cocaine –exert their addictive properties through two different neurotransmitter systems in the brain. Therefore, it has been assumed that pharmacologic treatments for cocaine or heroin abuse would have to be different, even though the concurrent abuse of both drugs is very common.
Opium now a medication originally developed as a pain reliever has shown great promise for the treatment of “polydrug” abuse involving both cocaine and opioids. This drug, called buprenorphine, is unusual in that it both activates and inactivates the molecules (called receptors) where opiates attach on the nerve cells in the brain. Thus, like most opioids, it effectively relieves pain but the risk for overdose is minimal.
The Granger Collection, New York. Clinical studies found buprenorphine to be effective as a treatment for heroin addiction and to have some advantages over methadone in terms of relative safety. However, a surprise was that buprenorphine was also found to reduce cocaine abuse in individuals who are dependent on both heroin and cocaine. Finding these dual effects by buprenorphine provides new insights into the mechanisms of cocaine and heroin dependence and suggests that these mechanisms may be more related than was previously thought.
It also provides the facility for family members to stay along with the patient; who gives them a better understanding of the……..
A chemical known as serotonin in the brain, has strong affects on an individual’s mood. The abnormalities in the serotonin chemistry…..
Still due to a cultural and religious association with the preparations a small amount of usage has permission in certain places of…….
It creates a sense of euphoria and increased energy in a person. The effect is almost immediate, which lures a person for a little…….
I always turned to my brother whenever I had any significant decisions to make in my life. When my brother was diagnosed…………
When a friend or a family member would come to you to discuss an issue they are having, we are ready (always) to dispense our ……………..
Watching your loved one struggling to remember something or feel challenged to even perform simple daily task can become quite………..
Keep a track of patterns which trigger or heighten the symptoms like confusion, agitation or irritation. This can include things……….
where most couples swear by ‘janam, janam ka bandhan’ socio-economic complexities are increasingly casting their shadows…….
A conclusive evidence about its effectiveness is yet to emerge. Though in numerous cases it is found to be effective. Some experts…….
Although there are some known risk factors associated with the PPD it is very seldom that we find there is sufficient awareness……….
You can plan a nature walk in areas near your home. Please be realistic about the distance they can walk without any trouble. The objective…………
The manager or the employer can work for creation of a more conducive work atmosphere for optimal realization of employees’ potential….
Atleast 8 lakh people die of suicide every year around the world. While that many die, there are 20 times more people who have………
hings like fastening a button, switching on a light, picking up something or even walking becomes difficult without help. Although……….