Category: Drugs

Tolerance and the Dangers of Self Tapering

Recently I heard a few patients tell me that they have been self tapering their Methadone dose.  They had been doing this by throwing out a small amount, each day, from their carries in an attempt to decrease the amount they are taking.  I feel that this is so dangerous that I wanted to let …

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Surviving the Holidays

The Holiday seasons can be very stressful for many people. It is generally considered to be a time to get together with family and friends. You may feel that you don’t have people who want to hear from you. In all likelihood, the Holidays are probably the best time to make contact with people from …

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Fentanyl

It has come to my attention that many patients in this clinic are using Fentanyl.  I am not entirely sure why this is a recent trend. Perhaps it is availability, or perhaps it is because it is harder to detect than other opiates.  There are a few things you need to know about Fentanyl in …

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Discontinuing Methadone While Still Occasionally using Cocaine

I have a number of patients who are still using cocaine, but are otherwise doing very well in the methadone program. Many of them do not consider the cocaine use to be of any concern, because they ‘only use it once a week,’ or ‘once in a while.’ Even though you may feel that occasional …

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Quitting Smoking

It’s the new year, and many people make resolutions this time year. A very popular resolution is to quit smoking. Although studies have shown that relapse rates for smoking are higher than any other drug, the following can help you with trying to quit.  The good news is that the physical addiction to nicotine only …

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Marijuana in Pregnancy (and in general)

Some interesting research has come up recently regarding Marijuana and pregnancy.  Although marijuana (also known as ‘pot’ or ‘weed’) is  considered a ‘soft drug’, as opposed to things like heroin or cocaine, it does have problems of its own. Weight gain, poor memory, and breathing issues are among the main concerns.  There are questions about …

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Methadone and Codeine

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are medications that you can buy from a pharmacist without a prescription. Patients often complain that OTC drugs should not be restricted during the Methadone Maintenance Treatment program because they are available without a prescription. I will discuss the reasons you should not use OTCs drugs that contain Codeine. Codeine is a …

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Peer Support Groups – NA CA AA

Peer support groups are meetings where people who share common problems can discuss their experiences and get support from each other. These groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, and Alanon (a group for families of alcoholics). Many people do not want to go to these meetings for various reasons. “I don’t have such …

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Trillium Drug Plan

If you are having difficulty in paying for your medication, including methadone or suboxone, you should l think about taking advantage of the Ontario Government’s Trillium Drug Plan. I called to ask about details (1.866.856.6799), and found out that the plan itself does not cost anything, but the deductible is 4% of your household income. …

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Bath Salts

With the recent reporting of an act of cannibalism in Miami, awareness of bath salts has increased dramatically. I have done some investigation to find out what these so-called Bath Salts really are. Bath Salts are not Epsom salts, or other such true bath salts (harmless bath additives) that people use in order to treat …

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