Can I Take Medication to Stop Drinking?
Can I Take Medication to Stop Drinking? With all the advances in modern medicine, it can be easy to wonder if there is a medication to stop drinking. Unfortunately, getting sober from alcohol isn’t as easy as simply taking medication. In addition to medication, therapy is required for the best long-term results, as well as support from loved ones and ongoing aftercare. However, there are some medications to help along in the process to stop withdrawal symptoms, block cravings, and create an aversion to alcohol. It is important to not rely only on medication to stop drinking. A commitment to behavioral therapy, holistic therapy, family involvement, self-care, and ongoing aftercare are essential to the best long-term results possible. Medication to Stop Drinking with Medication-Assisted Detox Medication-assisted detox is the safest and most comfortable way to detox from any substance, including alcohol. Relapse is most common in the first 90 days of becoming sober and this is due, in part, to the extreme cravings experienced during withdrawal. By being able to control these withdrawal symptoms and cravings, people are much more comfortable and less likely to want to use. Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Some withdrawal symptoms from alcohol include: Anxiety Delayed reflexes Delirium tremens Dizziness Hallucinations High blood pressure High fever Insomnia Intense cravings Irritability Memory problems Mood swings Nausea Seizures Sluggish feeling Sweating These withdrawal sympt...
Atypical chest pain is of diverse origin. Typically, we initially consider cardiac etiology. When pain appears non-cardiac, there is a tendency to underestimate the illness, especially if the patient has neuropsychiatric illness. Our resident with dementia and anxiety disorder had chest pain; the diagnosis was unexpected.
West Nile Virus (WNV) infection is the most common mosquito-borne illness in the United States. Most cases are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms. Older adults are more likely to have central nervous system (CNS) involvement, and a higher risk for mortality.
Chronic pain is common among older adults, as is the use of medications to treat these symptoms. Aging physiology, in combination with a higher likelihood of medication use and declining renal function, makes older adults more susceptible to adverse drug effects. As such, monitoring for side effects and changes in renal function is important to avoid drug toxicity, especially during acute illness when medication errors and acute changes in renal function are more likely to occur among older adults.
Many patients are discharged to post-acute care facilities (PACFs) following surgery. These patients have either had major surgery and require close monitoring and intensive rehabilitation, or have significant medical co-morbidities. Currently they are transported, sometimes at considerable cost, to the surgeon ’s office for post-surgery visits (PSVs). These trips can be painful and uncomfortable. A staff member from the PACF may need to accompany the patient. During PSVs surgeons observe the patient's incision(s), and assess potential complications following surgery, pain, and functional recovery.
Chronic pain is among the most common reasons for seeking medical attention. In the United States, 1 in 5 adults had chronic pain in 2016 and it is estimated to cost over $500 billion annually in direct medical costs and disability. It is a prevalent problem among residents in the nursing home. Non-pharmacologic therapies are the most preferred treatment for chronic pain as pharmacological therapies, such as opioids, have proven to be less effective and associated with numerous side effects among older adults.
I love my work as a post-acute and long-term care geriatrician, and as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist. I freely admit that. Yes, there are plenty of headaches, including administrative and regulatory burdens, and there ’s the unfortunate reality that lots of the patients I become fond of die. But I believe that most of Caring’s readers feel the same way. In fact, I believe most people who choose to devote their life’s work to providing care to the vulnerable, dependent, and ill patients we look after love th eir work and consider it a calling — including arguably the most important mem...
This study investigated whether this risk varied across months and/or methods of suicide. METHODS: Time, date, method (eg, firearm, poisoning), and demographic information for 35,338 suicides were collected from the National Violent Death Reporting System for the years 2003-2010. Time of fatal injury was grouped into 1-hour bins and compared to the estimated hourly proportion of the population awake from the American Time Use Survey for 2003-2010. Negative binomial modeling then generated hourly incidence risk ratios (IRRs) of suicide. Risks were then aggregated into 4 categories: morning (6:00 am to 11:59 am), afterno...
CONCLUSIONS: In the present systematic review and meta-analyses, varenicline was shown to reduce alcohol craving but not improve drinking-related outcomes in subjects with AUDs. PMID: 32097546 [PubMed - in process]
CONCLUSIONS.: Data on body shape concerns and their trajectory during hospitalization for severe AN are lacking; our findings provide support to the effectiveness of hospitalization in improving body shape concerns and body avoidance, but not body checking. Also, baseline body shape concerns (especially body checking) impacted on clinical improvement. Future research is needed to identify treatments that could further improve the therapeutic approach to severe patients of AN in the acute setting. PMID: 32093789 [PubMed - in process]
Conclusions The results of this review suggest that the implementation of MI curricula in medical schools can be feasible and effective and that students can achieve beginning levels of proficiency. The results support the inclusion of MI in undergraduate medical education curricula and highlight next steps to advance this area of medical education research: achieving consensus around essential early MI skills that should be taught in medical schools and identifying the most effective scaffolding strategies to teach this complex mode of communication.