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How long does it take the brain to heal after

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Posted on Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Question: How long does it take the brain to heal after several years of methamphetamine use? Is there any medications that may help the process along,?
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Follow up: Dr. Erion Spaho (7 minutes later)
Would a low dose stimulant given in controlled doses be beneficial.

my biggest issue anhedonia. will this symptom ever resolve itself?
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It could take up to 12 months.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to 'Ask a Doctor' service.

I have read your query and here is my advice.

There are no exact timeframes for the brain to improve after methamphetamine use. However, generally, it takes 6 to 12 months.

After this time, improvement is unlikely.

About anhedonia, if it was caused by methamphetamine use it should improve to a certain degree within that timeframe (up to 12 months).

Ketamine is a drug that is found to be effective in cases of anhedonia, but it should be tried and used under strict medical surveillance.

Hope you found the answer helpful.

Let me know if I can assist you further.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Would a low dose stimulant given in controlled doses be beneficial. my biggest issue anhedonia. will this symptom ever resolve itself?