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Medication to quit alcohol consumption - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi I want medication to get rid of alcohol consumtion                                                                                                                                                                                              
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi I want medication to get rid of alcohol consumtion
User :   Hi I want medication to get rid of alcohol consumtion
Doctor :   may i know your age?
User :   its 34
Doctor :   since when have been taking alcohol
Doctor :   do you feel you are taking in excess
User :   since last 8 years..initially it was very I feel I am taking excess..
User :   almost every day I feel to take..that too heavily..
User :   like 180ml of whisky or 3 beers
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Are you having diabetes or high bp?
User :   nop
Doctor :   The de addiction involves
Doctor :   an combined approach
Doctor :   of medicines and behaviour therapy
Doctor :   which includes counselling
User :   ok
User :   and what abt medicines
Doctor :   Having an desire to stop it is the first step
Doctor :   so you are in to it now itself
User :   yes usally I take once or twice in a week heavily..and that time I smoke..
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Have you approached any rehabilitation centre?
User :   rest of the days are not craving me..but last whole week I took daily in the evening 120-150 ml of whisky..
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   The rehabilitation can be a residential program
Doctor :   conducted by a team of a psychiatrist, physicians, psychologists, social workers, counselors and nursing staff.
User :   nope but I do have a strong desire so I beleive with detoxification and continued medicine will help ..My help is ready to co-operate with me
Doctor :   Patients are admitted to the detoxification unit where the required medical treatment is given.
Doctor :   ok good
Doctor :   Withdrawal symptoms due to sudden stoppage of drug usage and health problems associated with addiction are dealt with
Doctor :   When the physical condition of the patient stabilizes, he is transferred to the psychological therapy programme.
Doctor :   Psychological therapy comprises the following techniques
Doctor :   ndividual care and attention are given to patients.
User :   can I start with detoxification first..if you suggest
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   but you need to be guided by counsellors
Doctor :   after taking detailed history
User :   ok
Doctor :   and also your family members may be involved sometimes
User :   so do i need to see a doctor first..
Doctor :   yes i mean rehabilitation centres
Doctor :   were your problems will be discussed
User :   I dont have any problems only for a shake of pleasure I am drinking and very next morning I feel so bad on me
Doctor :   have you heard about alcholoic anonymous
User :   nope
Doctor :   ok so i feel you are not that addicted to it
Doctor :   Alcoholics Anonymous is a mutual support program for recovering alcoholics that is based on the 12-steps of recovery that are necessary in order for people to remain sober.
Doctor :   Medicines commonly used are benzodiapines
Doctor :   benzodiazepines i mean
User :   ok any brand name and dosage?
Doctor :   also you they may give tablets like antabuse etc
Doctor :   No i cannot give you that
Doctor :   since all these are done under watchful eyes of a doctor
Doctor :   as side effects are common
User :   ok
Doctor :   Antabuse makes you feel nausea ,vomiting,flushing etc when you use it with alcohol
Doctor :   so slowly you get mentally separated from alcohol
Doctor :   it works like that
Doctor :   all these will be discussed
Doctor :   Since the recovery process is so intrinsically tied to the support the alcoholic receives from his or her family, many alcohol addiction programs include marital therapy and family counseling as essential components in the treatment process.
User :   ok
Doctor :   there are a number of alternative treatment approaches for alcohol addiction that are becoming more researched, widely used, and more available
User :   what are those..
Doctor :   the holistic and naturalistic approaches employed by Traditional Chinese Medicine, various vitamin and supplement therapies, and "Drumming out Drugs" (a form of therapy that employs the use of drumming by clients).
Doctor :   all these will be explained better by an counsellor
Doctor :   Since you have a very intense desire to get rid of this problem
Doctor :   you are almost half way through the treatment
Doctor :   since most of the time the first half
Doctor :   is spent on motivating the person to move away from alcohol
Doctor :   SO Good
Doctor :   Did you understand what i said?
User :   yes..
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Doctor :   opinion from our panel of doctors
Doctor :   via phone or email
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User :   could you share email pls
Doctor :   for that you need to use this link
User :   ok
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Doctor :   and decide the timing
User :   Counsellor can be a doctor?
User :   like a physician
Doctor :   yes and also psychologist
User :   ok
Doctor :   Hope you got it
User :   is he in ..?
Doctor :   yes
User :   normally detoxification treatment goes how many days
Doctor :   10-25 days
User :   ok
User :   lets say in my case how many days it will take for detoxification
Doctor :   it depends on how fast you get adjusted with out alcohol
Doctor :   i mean your withdrawal symptoms if any
Doctor :   mostly like 5 days for you
Doctor :   since you have lot of motivation
Doctor :   and will power
User :   ok..after that is there any other medication required?
Doctor :   do you have any withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, "the shakes," anxiety, headaches, and perspiration when refraining from alcohol.
Doctor :   yes like benzodiazepines
User :   not felt much but yes slight sleepless ness towards end of the week like on Thursday..
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   thats alright then
Doctor :   After you overcomeyour withdrawal symptoms, other prescribed medications are prescribed to help prevent the person from returning to drinking
Doctor :   Hope you are following what i have said?
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting..
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