Physical Exam for Adult Drug Use Problems


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A physical exam is one way your doctor looks for signs of drug use problems or dependence . During your physical exam, your doctor may check for:

  • Nose or lung problems from using cocaine.
  • Needle marks from injecting drugs.
  • Small, "pinpoint" pupils in your eyes.
  • A fast heart rate.
  • Sweating.
  • Slurred speech.
  • A runny nose or watery eyes.
  • Liver problems.

ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction

Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health

Current as ofOctober 9, 2017