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Alcoholism and substance-related disorders

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    Treatment of medication-overuse headache Subscription

    Question UK Medicines Information summarises the evidence for this frequently asked question:What is medication-overuse headache and how is it managed?

  • Substance misuse: Prevalence, dependence and harm Subscription

    Over a third of adults in the UK are believed to have used illicit drugs at some point in their lives. Long-term drug misuse is associated with dependence, along with physical, mental and social harms  

  • Substance misuse: Harm reduction and treatment Subscription

    A solid evidence base is now established for the treatment of substance misuse and for several interventions that reduce the harm it can cause. Pharmacists’ involvement in offering both is essential  

  • Substance misuse: Emerging drug trends Subscription

    Emerging drugs of misuse: ketamine is usually snorted(Michael Donne SPL)

  • Substance misuse (answers) Subscription


  • Psychiatric disorders associated with alcohol misuse Subscription

    There are two potentially life-threatening alcohol-related conditions which are dealt with in casualty departments and general medical and surgical wards, as well as in psychiatric hospitals.They are alcohol withdrawal syndrome with seizures (delirium tremens) and Wernicke’s encephalopathy.

  • Opioid-induced bowel dysfunction Subscription

    Although lifestyle changes and laxative treatment can offer limited benefit for patients with constipation caused by opioid medicines, opioid-receptor antagonists target the cause of constipation in such patients

  • Liver disease: alcohol and the liver Subscription

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    Alcohol consumption can be a major contributing factor in the development of liver damage; abstinence is the mainstay of treatment for alcoholic liver disease, but therapies such as thiamine also have a role

  • With up to 253,000 deaths related to drug misuse globally, understanding how to identify and treat drug overdoses can save lives. In the image, a drug addicts injects heroin

    Illicit drug overdose: managing emergency care Subscription

    22 APR 2015 By Graham Parsons

    With up to 253,000 deaths related to drug misuse globally, understanding how to identify and treat drug overdoses can save lives.

  • How to support patients as they withdraw from alcohol Subscription

    Over 4% of 16- to 65-year-olds in England can be classed as alcohol-dependent and around a quarter of the population consumes alcohol in a way that is potentially harmful to health or well-being. It is a similar story for the rest of the UK: of the one million people in the UK addicted to alcohol only 6% per year receive treatment.1 Possible ...

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