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I am addicted to codien syrup and marijuana for 15 years but, now I want to stop what can I do about withdrawal symptom make me feel very uncomfortable?

Dr. K V Anand 92% (31572 ratings)
BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology, Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health
Psychologist, Palakkad
Hello and welcome to Lybrate. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. There will be withdrawal symptoms and you should go for de-addiction therapy to overcome the withdrawal symptoms. I suggest telephonic counseling and online psychotherapy for you. You can contact me for further advice and treatment options. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care.
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I am heroine addicted now I quit drugs but I feel pain can you suggest something?

Dr. Pahun 95% (17441 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Jaipur
There are very gud deaddiction medicines in ayurveda. For now you can start taking balarishtam 4tsf with equal amount of water after meals twice a day regularly for 3 months.
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सर मैं लगभग lupin की 5 mg alprazolam का सेवन लगभग 20 एमजी करता हूं उसका कारण है घर के परिस्थितियां एकदम से खराब हो जाने के कारण प्रार्थिनी धीरे धीरे इसका सेवन शुरू कर दिया और लगभग 8 से 10 साल से इसका 20 एमजी मतलब 40 टेबलेट का सेवन रोज कर रहा हूं अगर इसे छोड़ने की कोशिश करते हैं दिमाग काम करना बंद कर देता है तथा शरीर में एक अजीब सी झनझनाहट होती है तथा कुछ समझ में नहीं आता और चिड़चिड़ापन हावी हो जाता है अतः आपसे गुजारिश है कि आप चाहे होम्योपैथी आयुर्वेदिक या एलोपैथिक इनमें से किसी ना किसी मत हो इसका ट्रीटमेंट हो गायी आप से गुजारिश है कि आप मेरी परिस्थिति देखा मेरी इलाज करने की कृपा करें

Ms. Sunita Panday 92% (534 ratings)
M. S. in Psychotherapy and Counselling
Psychologist, Jaipur
सर मैं लगभग lupin की 5 mg alprazolam का सेवन लगभग 20 एमजी करता हूं उसका कारण है घर के परिस्थितियां एकदम से खराब हो जा...
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Over the last 10 year, I am smoking and recently, I quit smoking but now I am taking a nicotex. I have some issue in my chest and in the throat. My diet chart is totally unbalanced. What should I do?

Dr. Masood Adnan 90% (578 ratings)
MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS, Nephrology
General Physician, Roorkee
What are the issues in your chest, get a chest x-ray done and consult a physician, you can register for online consultation too.
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How to treat the withdrawals of drugs what medicine are needed to overcome the withdrawals?

Dr. S.K. Tandon 96% (43931 ratings)
M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
How to treat the withdrawals of drugs what medicine are needed to overcome the withdrawals?
Which drug to withdraw like steroids with draw slowly 16 mg weekly then 8 mg weekly then 4 mg weekly then 4 mg alternately and like so.
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I am a 15 year old girl coming off drugs. I keep getting random shocks in my heart/head and I feel like my heart is beating too fast or not enough and miss a beat. I am very fragile right now and have no energy or strength. What’s happening?

Dr. Ankita Mishra 92% (385 ratings)
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Dear mam first of all, congratulations for the efforts. I am aware it can be difficult to come off drugs and a lot of people need professional support during this time. The symptoms that you are experiencing can be due to the withdrawal effect that commonly occurs when a person stops or reduces drug intake after a long use. Please see a psychiatrist for a detailed evaluation to understand what is causing these symptoms and further management. Treatment depends on the outcome of assessment. If it is due to drug withdrawals, there are medications available to help you deal with it. Thanks regards Dr. ankita mishra.
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What Causes Sudden Outbursts Of Anger?

Dr. Anil Yadav, Md (A.I.I.M.S) 91% (155 ratings)
MBBS, MD Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Gurgaon
What Causes Sudden Outbursts Of Anger?

Aggression or aggressive behaviour can often lead to violence and destruction which can be really harmful to their loved ones. When dealing with an aggressive person, it is important to understand that aggression is not always an after effect of some provocations and can often be spontaneous.

Excessive and frequent aggression can wreak havoc, affecting the person and their loved ones physically, mentally as well as emotionally. Reports suggest that cases of aggression among youngsters are rising at an alarming rate. It has also been noted that the boys exhibit more aggression than girls. Thus, proper action needs to be taken at the earliest to avoid serious consequences.


The following symptoms and behavioural changes may be observed in people with aggressive nature.

  1. The person may have mood swings and remain irritated all the time. Depression may be commonly seen in such people.
  2. The person isolates himself or herself from the outside world.
  3. Insomnia and eating disorders are common.
  4. Unstable mental health.
  5. The person may exhibit signs of self-destruction. They may also cause harm to others, including their loved ones.
  6. There may be hallucinations, delusions, confusion and poor communication skills.
  7. There may be alterations in his or her personality.
  8. Lack of concentration. A person may find it difficult to read or write.
  9. Lethargy is also common in people with aggressive behaviour.

Underlying factors that may trigger aggression

A person may appear aggressive physically, mentally, verbally or even emotionally. The aggressive behaviour can be an outcome of a myriad of factors such as:

  1. A negative environment during the growing period: How a child is brought up can play a significant role in shaping their character. A person who had seen a lot of fights, arguments or aggression in their childhood often grows up to be aggressive.
  2. Genetics: People who have a family history of aggression and aggressive behaviour (immediate family) are more likely to be aggressive.
  3. Unstable mental health with conditions such as schizophrenia, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can also cause aggression. Aggression can also be triggered by traumatic brain injury, stress, meningitis, stroke or substance abuse (as well as withdrawal symptoms).

Managing aggressive behavior

A person needs to have a lot of patience while dealing with aggressive people. Such people need your support, love, care, and affection.

  1. For effective management, try and find out the triggers of aggression and then work towards improving the situation.
  2. Meditation can have a great soothing effect and can play an important role to calm down the person. Music may be equally helpful.
  3. Sound sleep and proper rest can work miracles in reducing the associated symptoms and complications.
  4. Maintain a positive environment around the affected person. Keep the person happy, cheerful and stress-free.
  5. Don't let the person live in isolation. Try and make them interact with people. Don't give them the impression that they are not normal. Don't over sympathize with them. They need your support more than sympathy.
  6. Don't shy away from medical help. Love and care with proper medications can work wonders.
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Nicotine Addiction - Causes Behind It!

Dr. Shweta Baliyan 86% (26 ratings)
MD -Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Meerut
Nicotine Addiction - Causes Behind It!

Nicotine addiction or tobacco addiction refers to an acute dependence upon tobacco products primarily due to the presence of the nicotine drug. In other words, nicotine addiction refers to an inability to stop using tobacco products despite the knowledge and awareness that it is harmful to you. While nicotine only induces addiction, it is the presence of other substances in tobacco which makes it damaging and injurious to health.

Nicotine has the tendency to produce effects in the brain, both physical as well as mind-altering, that give temporary satisfaction. This is precisely why people get hooked into the habit of tobacco consumption which eventually leads to addiction.

Unfortunately, stopping tobacco use immediately can also lead to several withdrawal symptoms, like agitation and restlessness.


The main reason why tobacco is so addictive is due to the fact that nicotine releases neurotransmitters such as dopamine in the reward centre; of the brain, which in turn improves your mood and gives you temporary pleasure.

Causes of nicotine addiction can either be physical or behavioral, for instance situations or feelings which make you crave for tobacco. These include:

1. Specific times during the day, say after every meal or during breaks at work
2. While defecating
3. While drinking alcohol
4. Stressful or depressive situations
5. At the sight or smell of a burning cigarette
6. Peer pressure
7. While driving


Symptoms of nicotine addiction include:

1. You are unable to quit smoking despite frequent attempts.
2. You experience withdrawal symptoms after attempting to quit.
3. You continue to smoke despite the awareness that it is injurious to your health.
4. You forego social as well as recreational activities because of your need to smoke.

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Fight Against Addiction - All You Need To Know!

Dr. Jaydeepsinh Gohil 90% (19 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Vadodara
Fight Against Addiction - All You Need To Know!

Addiction is defined as an unhealthy attachment to a substance or an object, which makes it almost impossible for the individual to stay away from the same subject for even a few hours. Common addictions include those of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. No matter the substance you are addicted to, it will have an adverse effect on your health.

Here is a look at some of the health complications that can arise if an addiction is left to grow in an uncontrolled way:

Complications of Addiction -

  1. Research indicates that long-term addiction may lead to HIV or AIDS. In some cases, neurological damage has also been noticed as a result of such addiction.
  2. Depression, stress and anxiety are the three most common conditions resulting from addiction. This is because you feel upset whenever you do not have the addictive substance at hand.
  3. Addiction can cause your social behaviour to change and may also result in fraught personal relationships.
  4. Lastly, due to the inordinate sums of money being spent to feed the addiction, people lose all of their savings and often end up bankrupt.

Treatment For Addiction -

Here are some true and tested forms of treatment that are used to manage and treat addiction.

  1. Medications are prescribed to deal with schizophrenia or depression that accompanies the rehabilitation procedure.
  2. Psychotherapy involves behavioural talks and therapies to help you ease out of any addiction.
  3. During this detox procedure, when the addictive substance is strictly kept away from the patient, he/she may start suffering from withdrawal symptoms. This is why medical services should be at hand to deal with any health complication.
  4. Appointing a case manager also helps you to stick to the path of recovery without giving in to your old addiction.
  5. Engaging in support groups with the same goal can be of great help. Such social engagements with people going through the same predicament can help.

If you are addicted to something, seek help from professionals. The sooner you seek treatment, the better it is for your health and life.

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Alcohol & Nicotine De-Addiction - How Can Ayurveda Help You?

Dr. T.Pallavi 91% (73 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, PG Diploma in Ksharasutra, MUHS
Ayurvedic Doctor, Hyderabad
Alcohol & Nicotine De-Addiction - How Can Ayurveda Help You?

What happens when you are addicted to a chemical substance? You lose control of your life. It doesn’t matter what you are addicted to alcohol, nicotine or drugs the effects are the same. It is usually not easy to get rid of an alcohol and/or nicotine addiction. Most people find it difficult to give up these substances even after years in de-addiction therapy. Hence, it’s prudent to let Ayurveda, the ancient science of healing handhold us in getting rid of addictions. 

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins. These cigarette ingredients include nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT. Perhaps this list of ingredients that are found in cigarettes is enough to make you want to quit smoking for good! - Lowell Kleinman, M.D., and Deborah Messina-Kleinman, M.P.H​

Addiction - The Ayurvedic View
Ayurveda considers alcohol and nicotine consumed in large quantities as ‘Visha’ or toxic. According to Ayurveda, alcohol has the following properties-

  1. Light or Laghu
  2. Hot or Ushna
  3. Sharp or Tikshna
  4. Drying or Visada
  5. Rough or Ruksha
  6. Expensive or Vikaasa
  7. Swift or Aasuga
  8. Sour or Amla
  9. Subtle or Sookshma

These properties are all opposite to the qualities that ojas possesses. Ojas has all life-giving properties and alcohol and nicotine have life-negating qualities.

Why do humans get addicted to alcohol and nicotine?
Human brain produces Dopamine normally and what alcohol does is to activate the nervous system to promote dopamine formation. The brain thus remembers the taste of alcohol and nicotine by creating special cells called receptor cells. As a person increases the quantity of alcohol, these cells also increase in numbers. When the person wants to give up his addictions these receptor cells agitate and create withdrawal symptoms with unpleasant and even dangerous symptoms.

De-addiction - Ayurveda Way
De-addiction treatments in Ayurveda comprise the following:

  1. Purification therapies or Panchkarma: These are used for getting rid of all toxins present in the patient’s body. These must always be done under the supervision of an ayurvedacharya as they are quite potent. After Panchakarma, the patient is given vomiting therapy or Vamana, followed by purgative therapy or Virechana, Basti or enema therapy and administration of Nasya or nasal drops therapy. All these help in detoxifying the body and mind and prepare the patient for further de-addiction ayurvedic treatments like Rasayana therapies which nourish and strengthen the body after Panchkarma. For treatment of addictions, Rasayana treatments include changes in diet and use of oral herbal medicines both.
  2. Herbal medicines used in de-addiction: A range of herbal medicines and their combinations are used in the treatment of addictive problems in Ayurveda and these are to be consumed orally. Ayurveda prescribes Chamomile and Ashwagandha in combination to heal the lungs. These help in cleansing lungs of smoke- related problems. Doctors also prescribe congestion relieving herbs like ginger and pepper mixed with honey or lemon. 

In addition, herbs to improve memory, concentration and to fight depression are also given. These are:

  1. Shankhpushpi
  2. Kanphool or dandelion
  3. Brahmi
  4. Ashwagandha

In addition, herbs to treat sleep disturbances like Jatamansi, Sarpgandha, Brahmi and Jaiphal are also prescribed. Since most addicts have impaired liver function, herbs that improve liver function like Aloe VeraPunarnava, Long pepper, Kutki, Tulsi are given to revive the liver.

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