Plasmapheresis, or extracorporeal detoxification method, is one of the most productive contemporary methods. It is most often used to cleanse the body after drug addiction
This method is so effective because of its detoxification, immunomodulating, and anti-inflammatory properties. Blood plasmapheresis enhances the effectiveness of further treatment and regenerates the patient’s body, so it is particularly important in the initial treatment phase.
Like other medical procedures, plasmapheresis too has contraindications and is therefore prescribed only by a physician who took into account individual patient characteristics.
The procedure is carried out in a medical institution under the strict control of experts. Plasmapheresis is indicated when detoxification is not possible, and the organs do not function appropriately.
The procedure itself lasts for an hour and is entirely painless. During the procedure, the patient receives an infusion, medical solutions, and the blood passes through a single-use sterile plasma filter.
Cleansed from harmful substances, blood plasma re-enters the body, while the part of the blood with toxins is isolated.
After plasmapheresis, blood is less sticky, and tissues and internal organs are purified. The patient’s condition improves, and he feels much better.
Plasmapheresis in treating alcoholism and drug addiction
Plasmapheresis is widely applied in the complex treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction, as it is the most effective method of body cleaning. Treatment of drug addiction and alcoholism always begins with detoxification.
At this stage of treatment, plasmapheresis allows:
- cleansing the blood from toxic alcohol and narcotics metabolites in a very short time
- a significant reduction in the risk of delirium tremens and other psychotic disorders;
- metabolism activation;
- better tolerance to psychopharmacotherapy.
Two to three procedures are sufficient to improve the patient’s condition substantially. In the phase of reducing the consequences of chronic alcohol and drug use, plasmapheresis enables:
- reduction of toxic effects on the body and its systems;
- immune system normalization;
- effective treatment of viral hepatitis.
The number of necessary plasmapheresis procedures in treating alcoholism and drug addiction depends on the severity of accompanying diseases.
Plasmapheresis is significant in modern narcology and improves the effectiveness of treatment. Still, one needs to consult a doctor before applying this method. Plasmapheresis is efficient only in case of complex treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction.