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 Studying Homeopathy?
I would like to learn homeopathic medicine, however I cant find any good books on the subject. And every place I have tried online to learn a little, either had no information, or no information ...


 Apple cider vinegar......?
I am thinking about drinkIng a small/normal amount of apple cider vinegar 2 or 3 times a day for various reasons. I also take 100mg Zoloft each night at bedtime. So, I was wondering since vinegar (...


 Best legal drug for hallucinations?
Easy-to-get legal drug
that is best to hallucinate?

Please dont say "you shouldn't do that!"...


 Abortion by way of Homeopathy Medicine?
My wife has conceived for 1 month, and we don not want the child now. I am giving her Homeopathy medicine (Gossypeun-Q). Is it helpful ? How many days does it will take to abort with this medicine ?<...


 ritalin???
anyone want to give me the basics on ritalin?

side effects
how long the ritalin effects you
how long it takes to start working
any concerns that you should have if you start ...


 medicine for bones pain &swelling.?
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 Does anyone know a natural cure for coughing and congestion?
I have been coughing my head off for 3 weeks now since the weather changed. I don't like to take regular medications, but have resorted to Theraflu for relief. I drink warm salt water too......


 What is the white, oblong pill marked with a V on one side,and 35 96 on the other? Really need help with this?
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 I am considering acupuncture to help with weight loss.?
Does anyone out there know anything about it or has tried it? "Ear Stapling" seems to be related. This article explains acupuncture and weight loss:
http://ezinearticles.com/?A...


 Natural remedy for Headaches?
I have chronic headaches and I dont like to take alot of meds. Does anyone know of a safe and natural remedy for headaches that actually works?...


 Has anyone ever used Strattera for adhd/add for a child?
I am searching for a med for my son that fits into the add/adhd catagory. Any information that you have personlly would help.. He is 6 years old and I am not a big fan of med. but, in this case I am ...


 using Pertussinum 30C?
Ok, I'm looking for more information on Pertussinum 30C. My 11yr old daughter has had a horrible dry hacking spasmodic cough for about 3 wks. We have tried normal dr stuff... NO WORKIE WORKIE....


 Eating a clove of garlic everyday?
I heard that this was very good for you, as garlic serves as an antibiotic. Is this true?...


 speifically for homeopaths?
iam under weight. i always have been underweight.
My mom height is 5'1 and of normal built, dad 5'3 and also of average built.I am 5'4 and weight onlt 45gs at the age of 19 + Both ...


 What is a good natural, supplement free detox for the kidneys and liver?
I want to avoid taking any supplements as i have a heap of allergies so i was thinking lots of water and vege juices etc. any ideas?
Alternatively, how important and beneficial are the common ...


 Anyone have good results using Accupunture as an alternative medicine?
anything a person should remember, or consider using accupunture for pain relief ??...


 Do colon cleanse products (Colonix, Bowtrol, etc.) accomplish the same thing as a high colonic or high enema?

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I am trying a natural alternative to help heal my psoriasis. The book (by John O.A. Pagano) recommends using high colonics or home enemas during the first couple ...


 Is Kava kava safe for young people?
It says on the container that only people over 18 should take it but i am deciding to use it because i feel anxiety. I am 16. (I have taken kava kava in the past too). Also, does anyone know how long ...


 any cough remedies?
i have a really bad cough and whatever i do cant seem to get rid of it. does anyone know anyhting i can do
besides take medicine?...


 Is smoking marijuana better for you than smoking cigarettes?
I don't condone either one but it seems with all of the controversy as whether to legalize marijuana studies would have been done to
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what is heroin used to treat in hospitals?
                      









SethSpeaks
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Nothing. It is far too crude a drug, and too easy to become addicted, so it is not used. What is used is its refined counterpart, methadone. Methadone is used as a powerful pain reliever, often when for whatever reason morphine cannot be used.


julieisbest
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroin

Specifically:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroin#Medical_use


DrakeyPoo
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Heroin is not used to treat anything in hospitals due to it's highly addictive properties. Instead a sister of Heroin called Morphine is used. Most Opiates (Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Morphine, Codeine, Heroin, etc.) come from the Opium Poppy plant. Morphine is the most effective pain reliever that does not reach the addictive levels of Heroin. Heroin has not been used medicinally for a very long time.


BunnyBabies
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heroin is known as diacetylmorphine or diamorphine. It's used as a painkiller for acute pain.

since 2005, morphine has been more widely used in hospitals but it's still used in some cases.

it was given to my friend last year in the end stages of her cancer for her pain relief before she passed.


Annie
heroin is not used in hospitals. other opiate derivitives like hydrocodone, morphine, and codeine are used, but not heroin. some synthetic opiates, like methadone are used to treat heroin addiction tho.


larry
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It used to be used instead of morphine but I'm pretty sure they don't use it anymore.


X-X-Jordan-X-X
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Legal in some countries as an opiate pain killer. Not legal in the US because someone decided it had no advantage over morphine. It is much faster and hits harder than morphine. Guess why addicts like it.


Mathieu
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In a few countries, most notably The United Kingdom, heroin is used routinely in hospital for acute pain (eg., a person has in a car accident so they might get some heroin). In The UK diamorphine is the name of the drug, in the rest of the world the chemical name of heroin is diacetylmorphine.

It is also used in hospice, in people with severe pain in hospital, but it can be prescribed by a doctor to use outside of hospital. However this really only happens for people with extreme pain, typically AIDS, terminal cancer, and pain near the end of life.

Contrary to popular belief, diamorphine is not "crude" or even "bad." Morphine is crude compared to heroin. Heroin was made from morphine because, in part, they wanted to have a drug with fewer side effects than morphine or codeine, and heroin does have fewer side effects. The reason why heroin is both highly addictive and a great analgesic is because heroin is like a bullet train heading to opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and intestinal tract. Due to heroin's lipophilic (fat loving) nature it can enter the brain faster than morphine. Once heroin has done its job (basically transport for morphine) is breaks down into morphine, which is what actually reduces pain. So heroin is a prodrug meaning heroin has no painkilling abilities alone it is just a highly effective transport for morphine to rapidly and efficiently reach where it needs to be. So heroin only lasts for 3-6 min before turning into morphine.

Aside from The UK, where diamorphine is common place, many other countries like Canada do allow heroin to be used but only in extreme situations when patients have not responded to other drugs and are in excruciating pain. This is only done in highly controlled settings.

And Switzerland (there might be a few more) allow heroin addicts to get legal heroin from a clinic (just like methadone is done). Some addicts do not do well on methadone or buprenorphine, a "new" methadone alternative, but getting daily heroin is enough for them to avoid withdrawal and allow them to start to work on controlling the addiction (addiction is behaviour, not physical dependency), in most cases, they lead a very normal life, they work, have kids, have a wife/husband, or anything else.

As much as the media makes heroin look like evil the reality is that there is no such thing as a "bad" or "good" drug. What matters is how it is used and most images of heroin are of junkies injecting heroin, a very unhealthy practice because the drug is not pharmaceutical grade and it has not been made to by an IV drug and is not completely soluble in water. And most heroin addicts die from the lifestyle (living on the streets, sharing needles, leading to things like HIV, major infections, skin damage and scaring, the constant up and down from being "high" to withdrawal, suicide, and so on).

And studies have shown that a hard core IV drug user will have the same euphoria no matter what drug is used as long as the dose is bioequivalent. And since heroin turns into morphine the same severe addictive potential exists with morphine along with oxymorphone, hydromorphone, fentanyl, and all of the other very strong full opioid agonists.

It is all just perception.


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