Diseases & conditions A-Z List
Diseases & Conditions A-Z List - «D»:
Drug abuse is the use of illegal drugs, or the misuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs for at least a year with negative consequences.
Drug abuse and dependence
Drug abuse first aid
MARIJUANA (also called "grass," "pot," "reefer," "joint," "hashish," "cannabis,...
Drug abuse first aid
Drug abuse is the misuse or overuse of any medication or drug, including alcohol. This article discusses first aid for drug overdose and withdrawal.
Many street drugs have no therapeutic benefits. Any use of these drugs is a form of drug abuse.
Legitimate medications can be abused b...
Drug allergies are a group of symptoms caused by an allergic reaction to a drug (medication).
Adverse reactions to drugs are common, and almost any drug can cause an adverse reaction. Reactions range from irritating or mild side effects such as nausea and vomiting to life-threatening anaphyl...
Drug dependence means that a person needs a drug to function normally. Abruptly stopping the drug leads to withdrawal symptoms. Drug addiction is the compulsive use of a substance, despite its negative or dangerous effects.
A person may have a physical dependence on a substance without having an add...
Drug signs and teenagers
Although some surveys suggest that drug use in teens has decreased since 2001, the numbers are still quite high. Over 17% of high school students admit use of illegal drugs within one month of when they were asked and more than 40% of those over 12 years old say that they have tried an illegal subst...
How do you determine if a medicine has been tampered with?
Avoid medications that don't look or smell right.
Look at the outer package and don't buy it if it is damaged.
Make sure the lot number on the bottle matches the lot number of the box it came in.
Carefully look at the pack...
Drug-induced cholestasis is a slowing of the flow of bile from the liver that results from medication use.
Bile is produced in the liver, moved via the bile duct to the gallbladder, and released into the gut through the biliary tract. It helps the body digest fats.
Certain drugs can slow or ...
Drug-induced diarrhea is loose, watery stools caused by certain medications.
See also: Diarrhea
Nearly all medications may cause diarrhea as a side effect. Some medications, however, are more prone to cause diarrhea than others. For example:
Laxatives can and are meant to produce diarrhea ...
Drug-induced hepatitis is inflammation of the liver that may occur when you take certain medications.
The liver helps the body break down certain drugs. However, the process is slower in some people, which can make them more...
Drug-induced hypertension is high blood pressure caused by using a chemical substance, drug, or medication.
See also: High blood pressure
Blood pressure is determined by the:
Amount of blood the heart pumps
Condition of the heart valves
Pumping power of the heart
Size and condition of the ...
Drug-induced hypoglycemia is low blood sugar that results from medication.
All of the following can cause blood sugar (glucose) levels to drop:
Getting too much activity
Intentionally or unintentionally overdosing on the medications used to treat diabetes
Drug-induced immune hemolytic anemia
Drug-induced immune hemolytic anemia is a blood disorder that occurs when a medicine triggers the body's defense (immune) system to attack its own red blood cells. This causes red blood cells to break down earlier than normal.
See also: Hemolytic anemia
In some cases, a drug can cause the i...
Drug-induced lupus erythematosus
Drug-induced lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disorder that is brought on by a reaction to medication.
See also: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
Drug-induced lupus erythematosus is similar to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). It is caused by a hypersensitivity reaction to a medicat...
Drug-induced pulmonary disease
Drug-induced pulmonary disease is lung disease brought on by a bad reaction to a medication.
Many types of lung injury can result from medications, and it is often impossible to predict who will develop lung disease resulting from a medication or drug.
The types of lung diseases that may res...
Drug-induced tremor is involuntary shaking due to the use of medication. Involuntary means you shake without trying to do so. The shaking occurs when you move or try to hold your arms, hands, or head in a certain position. It is not associated with other symptoms.