An alcoholic suffers rare side effect of an ‘unsupervised’ de-addiction medicine

Alcohol addiction wreaks havoc on the body and mind. Most doctors prescribe Disulfiram, an antabuse for de-addiction. But for this 32-year-old Mumbaikar, an over dose of the medicine led to body stiffness and staring spells

An alcoholic suffers rare side effect of an ‘unsupervised’ de-addiction medicineAlcohol addiction affects people from all walks of life. For whatever the reason a person starts taking alcohol, tolerance and dependency can develop quickly, before the user even realises the pattern of addiction taking hold which can take a toll on a person’s health. Similarly, to help a 32-year-old Mumbai man get de-addicted; his family […]

Terrible tramadol addiction lands 40-year-old in a hospital

A 40-year-old woman hailing from rural Maharashtra approached city Hospital with a very peculiar case getting addicted towards intramuscular tramadol injections. Around 12 years ago, while undergoing severe pain, a doctor advised her Tramadol Injection. After this, for the past 9 years, she has been taking twelve intramuscular tramadol injections daily. So much so that she is severely addicted

Terrible tramadol addiction lands 40-year-old in a hospitalSavitri Sawant (name changed) came to Masina Hospital on Wednesday with a peculiar case of addiction. For the past nine years, she has been taking 12 intramuscular Tramadol injections every day. Even her husband didn’t even know it was an addiction until one fine day, the injections couldn’t be bought by her husband. Tramadol is […]

Should e-cigarettes be banned? A letter sent to J P Nadda raises debate

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) also known as e-cigarettes are used as an alternative to normal cigarettes. Along with anti-tobacco movement, there is an increasing demand to ban e-cigarettes in India. Some states have already initiated the ban on e-cigarettes

Should e-cigarettes be banned? A letter sent to J P Nadda raises debateA letter written to the Union Health Minister, JP Nadda by two eminent researchers advocating e-cigarettes for de-addiction has opened up debate in the medical fraternity where many experts are against it. Dr M Siddiqi, chairman of Cancer Foundation of India, Kolkata and RN Sharan, professor of Biochemistry at North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, who have […]

Anaesthetic drug addiction: a problem among medical practitioners

Doctors say that they are witnessing a rise in the number of doctors who themselves are coming to them complaining about their addiction to anaesthetic drugs. Being from the medical field, it is easier for them to acquire anaesthetic drugs, say experts

Anaesthetic drug addiction: a problem among medical practitionersWhat would you do if someone in your family is addicted to a drug? Most probably, you would opt to visit a doctor for de-addiction. In a surprising turn of events, doctors across Maharashtra say that they are seeing a rise in the number of doctors complaining about their addiction to anaesthetic drugs. About six […]

‘Sunday Friends’: Mumbai’s anonymous angels for drug addicts 

Sion Hospital has a great help in the form of ‘Sunday Friends'. A group that doesn’t believe in publicity or self-boasting. They have helped many people get de-addicted and lead a healthy life

‘Sunday Friends’: Mumbai’s anonymous angels for drug addicts Thirty-year-old Shyam (name changed), walks into a hospital with his inconsolable mother. He cannot understand what he is being asked. Although he is literate with a degree, nothing of what is asked can be processed by him. He has come to the hospital complaining about three addictions – tobacco, cannabis and alcohol, yet he has […]