Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant drug that is made from the leaves of the coca plant. It is often used recreationally for its euphoric and energizing effects, but it can also be toxic, with serious short-term and long-term consequences. In this article, we will discuss the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of cocaine toxicity.
We discuss how to manage some of the special circumstances in opioid substation therapy including OST in renal and hepatic impairment, managing polypharmacy complications with OST and managing acute pain whilst a patient is on OST.
We discuss how to manage some of the special circumstances in opioid substation therapy including vomiting of doses of OST, dealing with intoxicated patients, overdoses of OST and transitioning between Methadone and Suboxone and vice versa.
We discuss the different opioid receptors buprenorphine acts upon and the nature of these effects, the difference between agonists and antagonists, how to start a patient on Suboxone and how to monitor patients on Suboxone and adjust doses.
Episode 27 of Cracking Addiction discusses the patient journey on LAIB and how to adequately deal with and manage adjusting doses of LAIB, commencing and ceasing LAIB and ensuring that patients are maintained on LAIB therapy
Social isolation is now increasingly recognised as a risk factor for premature death, like the time when obesity was recognised as a risk factor for premature death decades ago.
This week Dr Ferghal and Dr Saveena explore some of the health implications of social isolation.
1 in 3 Australians have experienced loneliness at some stage in their lives and it is rather alarming to know that prolonged loneliness has detrimental effects on our health.
We are creatures of social beings, and we thrive on social connectivity. Despite social media’s ability to connect us all virtually, the pandemic of loneliness is booming. This lies in the effect that virtual connectivity is not the same as physical connectivity.
Episode 23 of Cracking Addiction discusses some of the special or difficult circumstances of prescribing LAIBs including intoxicated patients, pregnant patients, patients with chronic disease, patients with acute pain and our management strategies in these situations.