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Advice on the medical problems related to drug abuse - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   About 3 day ago i quit a 8 month long stint of heavy marijuana abuse and have been having some issues with night sweats/hot flashes and a degree of erectile dysfunction. I have done some research and believe it might be due to a hormonal imbalance caused by the abuse. Will my hormone levels return to normal on their own? Is there anyway to speed up or help along this process - 20yr old Male
User :   hello
Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Yes, But only way of speeding recovery is stop abuse
Doctor :   Frankly speaking lonterm marijuana use will lead to infertilty and erectile dysfunction
User :   right i have stopped and have no plans on starting again but will the damage already cause be corrected?
Doctor :   On the due course
Doctor :   Since when have you stopped
User :   i only stopped a few days ago
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Then be patient for the time till the ill effects are withdrawn
Doctor :   Will art minimum take atleast two to three months
Doctor :   And sure will recover from it
Doctor :   All matters is complete withdrawal is must
User :   i have heard that metabolism plays a part in processing thc, will a high metabolism at all shorten that time frame?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   withdrawal will improve your status very well and faster too
Doctor :   It just body recovering from depression
User :   so with continued abstinence the problem will correct itself?
Doctor :   Yes, with some supplemnts and healthy lifestyle followed
User :   what kind of supplements? other than the substance abuse i try and live healhy
Doctor :   Will require folic acid supplements
Doctor :   And multi vitamins
User :   i am about 5'8" athletic build and about 145lbs? is the folic acid supplement something i can get over the counter?
Doctor :   Yes its an OTC
User :   through some recent research i have also read that continued exercise will also help return the balance
Doctor :   Yes the more exercise the toxins will be flushed out in sweat
User :   Doctor: withdrawal will improve your status very well and faster too
User :   when you say withdraw you mean not using marijuana correct?
Doctor :   Yes
User :   thank you very much i think thats about all i had to ask
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Wishing you speedy recovery
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me'
User :   its been very stressfull not only with withdrawl but these added problems is there any way to ease the feeling of restlessness that comes with quitting? Oh I forgot to mention ive been diognosed with ADHD will this in anyway affect anything>?
Doctor :   You will then require mood elevators
Doctor :   Like Risperidone
Doctor :   obtained with prescription only
User :   will it go away with time along with the hormonal imbalance?
User :   the feeling of restlessness that is
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   bye for now
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