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Provigil vs. Adderall for ADD

I take Adderall for ADD, but am growing dissatisfied with it due to what feels like increasing tolerance and dependence, as well as a couple of secondary reasons. I want to talk to my doctor about switching to Provigil, and would like to hear from anybody who has any advice or experience to relate regarding the pros and cons of the two medications. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Cashmere Sock Handjob on Aug 7, 2014 - 10 answers

I caught my new nanny doing drugs

I hired a new nanny. Today is her 2nd day. As I had bad experiences with nanny before, I set up a nanny cam. After I came home today, I reviewed the video clips and found my nanny took out a prescription bottle, took a pill out of the bottle, kind of smash something on the table and then use a small paper roll and then it looks like she inhales it into nose. I reported to police right away and will definitely fire her. I don't know what else I can do or what else I should do. Any suggestions? Thank you
posted by kktony on Jul 24, 2014 - 39 answers

Should I break up with my gf while I work on resolving my addiction?

I started dating my girlfriend six months ago. Since that time, I have gradually taken more of my stimulant medication than prescribed. I have told her on multiple occasions about the overuse of my stimulant medication and that recently it had gotten worse. Earlier tonight she told me that she is starting to distance herself from me and that she needs some extra space to protect herself [from being around someone with addictive behavior]. Her brother had a drug problem and she understands how emotionally draining it can be to have an addict in her life. What is the mature thing to do in this situation? Do I wait for her to potentially break up with me? Do I ask her for a break while I work on things? Do I just want to ask for a break to save myself from the pain of her breaking up with me first? I love her and I want her to be a part of my life but I don't want her to be consumed by my addiction while I get help. Please help.
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2014 - 15 answers

Lexapro and Dextomethorphan - Am i going to die?

Fighting a cold and wasn't thinking. I am on 20mg of Lexapro and I just took some Nyquil with 30mg of dextro. Got to looking and it looks like there is a major possibility of seratonin syndrome. Should I go to the hospital now? I'm a male, 225 pounds, mostly healthy except for this darn cold. How nervous should I be?
posted by Octoparrot on Mar 24, 2014 - 9 answers

is daily weed smoking normal or a sign of underlying issues?

my SO smokes weed pretty much every day. is it safe to assume that this is some kind of self-medication for stress or anxiety, and if so, what are the best ways that i can help as a partner? [more inside]
posted by humiliated_grape on Feb 18, 2014 - 42 answers

Drug questions - should I ask GP or pharmacist?

I just started seeing a rheumatologist for my ankylosing spondylitis. She suggested a long term NSAID rather than just taking ibuprofen as I had been doing. She prescribed two options: diclofenac, which I tried, and Indomethacin, which I have not yet tried. I have questions about the new drug before I start it but my rheumatologist won't be able to respond for about a month. Should I see my family doctor or a pharmacist with questions about the new meds? Are either likely to be really familiar with a random medication?
posted by Naib on Dec 5, 2013 - 12 answers

clinical trial - what questions should I be asking?

I'm considering joining a clinical drug trial. What should I be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Why is the THC in my hair follicles not reducing quickly?

I've been submitting hair samples myself with the Hairconfirm test. I understand the hair test, confirms usage within a 90 day period. On day 72, I submitted samples, and tested positive with a .53 pg/mg for THC Metabolite. On day 92, I submitted samples, and tested positive with a .45 pg/mg for THC Metabolite. On day 108, I submitted samples, and STILL tested positive with a .42 pg/mg for THC Metabolite. Why is the rate of reduction of THC Metabolites in my hair not reducing faster? [more inside]
posted by foodybat on Jul 31, 2013 - 9 answers

In a state of utter confusion

My adult daughter was diagnosed very quickly by a psychiatrist with bi polar disorder. It isn't that I disagree, but unfortunately I'm concerned that she is showing signs of antisocial personality disorder....She cycles about every three months having at least 2-3 mini rage episodes a month. She told me today that she's scared because of thoughts she is having. She lives with me, as do her two amazing kids. Her ability to care for them on her own is out of the question in my opinion based on the fact that she has a pill addiction and has had 2 seizures over dosing. When things are bad she goes to the doctor, has good intentions, gets back on a "good" track when things are bad she is not capable of being a loving mother. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2013 - 11 answers

How common is hard drug use, really?

I was recently sitting down to tea with a friend of mine's (we're both in our early 20's), and the topic wandered over to hard drug use (e.g. stuff like cocaine and crystal meth, not marijuana or alcohol.) When comparing our perceptions of how common hard drug use was, we were completely surprised when our answers were polar opposites: I saw it as an extremely rare thing, but she said it was something virtually everyone did but no one talked about. What's the truth here? How prevalent is hard drug use anyway? And why do our experiences differ so much? [more inside]
posted by Conspire on May 24, 2013 - 43 answers

Can I get a prescription from my doctor for a urine drug test?

Can I get a prescription from my doctor for a urine drug test? I quit smoking marijuana ~25 days ago. Before quitting I smoked once or twice everyday. I ordered some dipstick drug test off the internet and started testing my urine after 5 days of not smoking. About 7 days ago the tests started coming up negative. I'd like to get this confirmed by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. Can I ask my primary care physician for a prescription for one? If I do, will he get the results and report them to my insurance company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I locate pharmaceutical sales or use data for individual drugs?

I am hoping to locate present and historical sales or usage figures for various prescription drugs, and I am not sure where to start. I'm trying to use the data to get a sense of how many people were using a particular drug at different times; I just figured sales volume would be a good indication. For me, rough numbers would be fine. Paying for the data may be an option (especially if it is not too expensive), but I was hoping to find some good free resources. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Market share data for different drugs in a particular class would be similarly useful, especially to the extent that I can also find overall sales or use volume for the overall drug class.
posted by dredge on Feb 28, 2013 - 1 answer

Will we ever witness the perfect drug in our lifetimes?

From a medical/science standpoint, what are the limiting factors that make it difficult to produce pharmaceutical drugs that do not have negative side effects?
posted by 6spd on Feb 17, 2013 - 22 answers

How do you become an explosive/drug dog handler?

Specifically, what career progression do these folks usually follow? What training, schooling, and preparation is required to progress in this field? What is the entry-level job for this career path?
posted by denverco on Jan 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Well, that was stupid.

I smoked weed on Saturday. Drug test on Wednesday. Will I fail? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Dec 10, 2012 - 24 answers

How to help a drug addict?

How to support someone trying to overcome an addiction? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Nov 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Almost willing to give the emails in my spam folder a shot...

Currently seeking a safe, reliable courier through which I can order medication online on the cheap and with little hassle. [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli on Oct 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Should I lawyer up before my arraignment?

I’ve been charged with misdemeanor drug possession (11377) in California after accidentally going through airport security with .7 grams of meth on my person. My arraignment is next week; what can I expect and/or how should I prepare? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2012 - 23 answers

drug addled chimp?

Trying to locate a study in which they gave a chimpanzee (or other ape?) all the hard drugs he wanted (though it may have just been cocaine and/or heroin?) and found that with sufficient care, the subject actually lived a perfectly healthy and long life. [more inside]
posted by imagineerit on Jun 18, 2012 - 4 answers

Why can't duloxetine (cymbalta) be prescribed to me? Is there some kind of restriction in the UK.

Why can't duloxetine (cymbalta) be prescribed to me? Is there some kind of restriction in the UK. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 on May 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Will I pass a drug test?

Am I going to pass this damn drug test? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me clear my brother of his Thetan problem.

My brother recently entered Narconon for drug rehab. How worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by This Guy on Dec 24, 2011 - 12 answers

Do different flavours of marijuana have different effects?

Is there any robust evidence that different varieties of marijuana have different psychoactive or physiological effects? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Nov 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me understand the link between drug side effects and delivery mechanisms.

Is a transdermal patch or topical version of a given prescription drug any less likely to cause side effects that result from taking the oral form? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Oooo what's that smell?!

Drug Filter: How do to keep the smell from being noticed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2011 - 22 answers

How to break heroin addiction

There is a person who is close to me who is addicted to heroin. We need to help her. For those of you who have experience with this, please help us figure out what the next steps are. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2011 - 16 answers

What drug(s) was this?

Some months ago, when visiting a friend in an apartment complex that has no known reports of obvious drug activity, I saw a mystery baggie on the floor of the elevator. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2011 - 18 answers

Where have I seen Danny the Drug Dealer before?

The character Danny the Drug Dealer from Withnail and I - has he appeared as a roadie in another movie basically playing the same character? [more inside]
posted by h00py on Jun 17, 2011 - 5 answers

I need to stop thinking about sex for the next week and a half. Yes, really.

Short-term coping techniques for Wellbutrin-related hypersexuality? (likely NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2011 - 21 answers

Help my friend detox

How can I help my friend detox from heroin in NYC? [more inside]
posted by alight on May 8, 2011 - 22 answers

Looking for a drug addict support organization besides NA

Please suggest support groups for recovering drug addicts besides Narcotics Anonymous (NA). [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Apr 29, 2011 - 14 answers

I Want A New Drug

Is there a dictionary of prescription and OTC drug names, which has an open license or can be licensed cheaply? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Will I have to take a drug test?

I'm unemployed and living in Philadelphia. I'd like to get an idea of how likely it is that I will have to pass a drug test in order to get a job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2011 - 17 answers

Yes, please, take my money.

Prescription drug pricing wtf: Compared to last month, this month I got 50% more milligrams of an antidepressant, but had to pay 200% more money. The only difference is the pills were smaller, and so there were more of them. I don't understand what's going on here. [more inside]
posted by frankly mister on Mar 8, 2011 - 16 answers

Ask your doctor about Prosilogroxycinisilovert to see if it may be right for you.

How do they come up with brand names for drugs? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on Mar 7, 2011 - 14 answers

Details on a Drug Trafficking Ring

When the DEA or FBI makes a major drug bust and the arrested parties go to trial, how would I find the trial or deposition records to understand how the drug trafficking ring worked? [more inside]
posted by bucksox on Feb 8, 2011 - 6 answers

No, really, I'm better but did my brain trick me?

DrugFilter: Is Xanax still "good" after two years? And secondly, how long does it last in the system? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Dec 24, 2010 - 11 answers

Will I fail this drug test and ruin my whole life?

So, about 2 months ago I took some Phentermine, about 7 pills over the course of 2 weeks. I didn't have a prescription. I now have to take a hair test for a new job and bonus! if I test positive I will get reported to the authorities, mandatory. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2010 - 37 answers

When will my patent-expiring drug be generic?

Zyflo is a drug that makes my nose and lungs work better. It's currently ridiculously expensive, but the patent's running out. How can I find out when someone will make it generic? [more inside]
posted by condour75 on Nov 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Maybe he just really likes the smell of the ink?

Why would a customs agent smell the pages of a book? [more inside]
posted by lhall on Oct 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Alprazolame

Prescription Xanax and my new 6 month stint on a cruise ship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2010 - 10 answers

False positive for non-illegal prescription drugs on a pre-employment urine test.

I just had an offer for my absolute dream job at a large British bank in New York rescinded 2 days before I was to show up for work. I had signed all forms and passed the background check, but I came up as positive on the (gc-ms urine) drug test for - of all things - benzodiazepines. I have never taken a benzodiazepine and am posting anonymously so you know I have zero reason to lie. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2010 - 14 answers

Next week: What was that site with photos of librarians on drugs?

I've been trying to re-discover two websites that I've found before but have now utterly lost. One was a photo gallery of people in drug-induced altered states, and the other was a repository of name pronunciations curated by librarians. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 24, 2010 - 10 answers

Finding the web site that lists local pharmacy drug prices

Help me find this online resource that gives local prices of prescription drugs. [more inside]
posted by Jenesta on Jun 10, 2010 - 1 answer

I'm going to be out of state when the pre-employment screeners find ADD drugs in my pee. Help!

I expect to fail the pre-employment drug test I took this afternoon - but for legitimate reasons. I'm leaving the state tomorrow morning and won't be back until very late Sunday. Is there anything I can do to bolster my case and protect myself when the lab calls tomorrow or Friday? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Jun 2, 2010 - 11 answers

Most of my allergies are of the sneezing variety...

Doctors, pharmacists, and other medical professionals: is this a drug allergy, or am I needlessly worrying? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on May 30, 2010 - 5 answers

Looking for a video about drugs

Looking for a video showing various common drugs, their appearance, how they're taken and their effects. [more inside]
posted by Lorc on May 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Negative long-term effects of decongestant usage?

Should I be worried about long-term decongestant/antihistamine usage? [more inside]
posted by prunes on Feb 7, 2010 - 15 answers

What's being sold in this ad featuring a photographer?

I'm looking for a pharmaceutical commercial that's been airing recently that features a middle-aged professional photographer. [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Feb 1, 2010 - 2 answers

What can I expect from Zoloft?

I've been prescribed Sertraline (Zoloft) for depression. I've never taken any SSRI or depression drug before. What can I expect? What should I do or not do?
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2010 - 27 answers

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