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Medical Treatment for Alcohol Addiction Can Reduce Cravings and Irritability

Online PR News – 17-December-2013 –New York, NY – Reducing the craving for alcohol: “Naltrexone (Revia, Depade) is an oral medication that blocks opioid (painkiller) receptors in the brain,” says Dr. Stuart Kloda. “Alcohol exerts its pleasurable effects, in part, by stimulating opioid receptors.The medication itself helps to reduce cravings for alcohol. In addition, drinking is less pleasurable when someone drinks while taking the medication. This is behaviorally reinforcing in itself.” Naltrexone

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NYC Addiction Specialist Stuart Kloda, MD – “Texas District Attorney Arrested for Drunk Driving”

This past weekend, a district attorney in Travis County, Texas, was arrested for drunk driving. It is sad to see the dysfunctional effects that alcohol abuse has had on her life. This district attorney was apparently highly regarded. She was the first female district attorney in Travis County, who also won her latest reelection unopposed. Ideally, medical treatment for alcohol and drug abuse would start before a person’s life starts

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Stuart Kloda, MD – NYC Suboxone – Huffington Post Response to NY Times Article – “Addiction Treatment with a Dark Side”

The Huffington Post responded to the New York Times article on Suboxone – “Addiction Treatment with a Dark Side” with this article: New York Times Misses Mark on Buprenorphine Drug “In a lengthy front page story called: “Addiction Treatment with a Dark Side,” The New York Times recently drew attention to buprenorphine, a medication used to treat addiction to heroin and prescription opioids. As physicians and researchers studying addiction and its treatment, we were glad

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Stuart Kloda, MD Responds To N.Y. Times Article “Addiction Treatment with a Dark Side”

New York, NY – I have a solo addiction medicine practice in New York City specializing only in the treatment of alcohol and drug addictions. I am not associated with any pharmaceutical companies or institutions. My medical practice is not exclusively a Suboxone practice. I of course do prescribe Suboxone for the treatment of addiction to opioids. I feel that the recent New York Times article highlighted important information about

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NYC – Suboxone Therapy for Intravenous Opiate Addiction

In my experience, Suboxone can be more challenging as a treatment for intravenous drug users, when compared to non-intravenous users. This is because taking a tablet or film of Suboxone by mouth is much different than the experience of using a drug intravenously. As discussed in my last blog post, the whole experience of intravenous use, minus the actual drug, is a reinforcing and addictive behavior in itself. In addition,

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Remeron (Mirtazapine) for Anxiety Disorders and Benzo Detox

Remeron is an antidepressant that is used in the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders. It works by increasing the amount of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. Remeron also has antihistaminic properties (similar to Benadryl), which helps with anxiety and insomnia. The two main side effects that limit the use of Remeron are sedation and weight gain. I do not prescribe it to people that are of

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NYC – How Long Should Someone Stay on Suboxone?

This is Dr. Stuart Kloda, and I am an addiction medicine physician in New York City. I have a solo private practice located at Columbia Circle, and I treat all drug and alcohol addictions. Personal and professional relationships are some of the first things to be affected by addiction. Suboxone is a medication that I prescribe to treat addiction to narcotic painkillers such as oxycodone, Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, and Lortab.

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NYC – Suboxone Effects on Depression and Anxiety

Having been in private practice now for two years, I have started to notice certain trends in patients’ responses to treatment. One thing that has really made an impression on me are the positive psychiatric effects that Suboxone has in some patients. I tend to notice this in a subcategory of patients that have histories of depressive and anxiety disorders that are independent of their drug use. This subcategory of

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NYC – Suboxone Outpatient Detox Treatment – Part II

Some of the patients that I discussed in my previous blog post discussing Suboxone outpatient detox eventually want to taper off of Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone). These patients had started using oxycodone or Oxycontin, and basically did not realize what they were getting themselves into until it was too late. I feel that it is reasonable to eventually taper off if the patient is having their first experience with opioid addiction, is

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NYC – Suboxone Outpatient Detox Treatment – Part I

Suboxone outpatient detox treatment is used for dependence on opioids and opiates. When I start a patient on Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone), I always recommend that he or she stay on the medication at full dose for at least two months. These two months allow the patient to develop a new lifestyle and routine off of opiates and opioids of abuse. It allows time for personal and business relationships to improve. After

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