Drug use disorder

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What is drug use disorder?

Physical dependence on a drug refers to a state resulting from chronic use of a drug that has produced tolerance and where negative physical symptoms of withdrawal result from abrupt discontinuation or dosage reduction.

Common symptoms reported by people with drug use disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with drug use disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
anxious mood (9) drug cravings (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (8) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
10
Tried for
drug use disorder (10)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
8
Tried for
drug use disorder (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
depressed mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Subutex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
drug use disorder (6) drug cravings (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
7
Tried for
drug use disorder (6) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
anxious mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Suboxone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (4) drug use disorder (3)

Data from patients with drug use disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with drug use disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sedation 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (9) drug cravings (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness/walking like I'm drunk drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (8) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for drug use disorder (7 evaluations)
Side effects
aggravation Hospitalization
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
drug use disorder (10)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for drug use disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
drug use disorder (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty staying asleep increased insomnia 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Subutex)
Perceived effectiveness
for drug use disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation bad taste in mouth 3 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
drug use disorder (6) drug cravings (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for drug use disorder (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
drug use disorder (6) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Suboxone)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) fatigue 4 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (4) drug use disorder (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with drug use disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has drug use disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 6
20s 267
30s 715
40s 613
50s 435
60s 182
70+ 45
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 439
20-29 years 199
30-39 years 93
40-49 years 21
50-59 years 6
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 697
Female 1552

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 920
Not Diagnosed 1299

These charts show data from drug use disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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