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Drug addiction (substance use disorder)

Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person's brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. Substances such as alcohol, marijuana and nicotine also are considered drugs. When you're addicted, you may continue using the dSee more

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Drugs and Supplements

(4 days ago) WebDrugs & Supplements A-Z; Health Books; Healthy Living Program; Mayo Clinic Health Letter; Mayo Clinic Voice Apps; Healthy Lifestyle; Featured conditions. Brain tumor, …

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Teen drug abuse: Help your teen avoid drugs

(4 days ago) WebConsequences of teen drug abuse. Negative consequences of teen drug abuse might include: Drug dependence. Teens who misuse drugs are at increased risk …

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Prescription weight-loss drugs: Can they help you

(6 days ago) WebPhentermine by itself (Adipex-P, Lomaira) also is used for weight loss. It's one of four similar weight-loss drugs approved for use for less than 12 weeks, called …

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Choosing blood pressure medications

(9 days ago) WebThese drugs work by blocking the effects of the hormone epinephrine, also known as adrenaline. They cause the heart to beat slower and with less force. Renin …

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Antidepressants: Selecting one that's right for you

(5 days ago) WebAvoid alcohol and recreational drugs. It may seem as if alcohol or drugs lessen depression symptoms, but in the long run they generally worsen symptoms and …

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What are opioids and why are they dangerous

(5 days ago) WebOpioids are a broad group of pain-relieving drugs that work by interacting with opioid receptors in your cells. Opioids can be made from the poppy plant — for …

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Performance-enhancing drugs: Know the risks

(2 days ago) WebThese drugs make athletes more likely to have side effects such as: Losing more fluids than you take in. This is a serious problem called dehydration. Squeezing …

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Prescription drug abuse

(9 days ago) WebHere are examples of serious consequences of prescription drug abuse: Opioids can cause low blood pressure, a slowed breathing rate and potential for …

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Cholesterol medications: Consider the options

(5 days ago) WebBile acid sequestrants. Cholestyramine (Prevalite) Colesevelam (Welchol) Colestipol (Colestid) Decrease LDL; may slightly increase HDL. Constipation, bloating, …

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Asthma medications: Know your options

(4 days ago) WebThese anti-inflammatory drugs are the most effective and commonly used long-term control medications for asthma. They reduce swelling and tightening in your …

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Diabetes treatment: Medications for type 2 diabetes

(3 days ago) WebSodium-glucose transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. Medications. Canagliflozin (Invokana) Dapagliflozin (Farxiga) Empagliflozin (Jardiance) Ertugliflozin (Steglatro) …

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Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)

(5 days ago) WebMonoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) were the first type of antidepressant developed. They're effective, but they've generally been replaced by antidepressants that are safer …

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Use of antispasmodics for the treatment of abdominal pain

(3 days ago) WebIn a review article published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology in 2021, co-authors Darren M. Brenner, M.D., and Brian E. Lacy, M.D., Ph.D., examine the published …

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Ventricular fibrillation

(4 days ago) WebDrugs to control the heart rhythm (anti-arrhythmics) are used for emergency or long-term treatment of ventricular fibrillation. If you're at risk of ventricular fibrillation or …

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