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drug hol·i·day

(drŭg hol'i-dā),
Interval of time when a chronically medicated patient temporarily stops taking the medication; used to allow some recuperation of normal functions, to maintain sensitivity to the drug, and to reduce the likelihood of side-effects.

drug holiday

n.
A usually brief period during which a drug that is typically taken on a daily basis, such as an antidepressant, is not taken or is replaced with another in order to minimize certain side effects.

drug holiday

a period of drug withdrawal to reverse ineffectiveness of a drug resulting from receptor desensitization or adverse effects that may result from chronic treatment. For example, after a 7- to 10-day drug holiday, levodopa responsiveness appears to be enhanced, and lower doses are required to produce a therapeutic effect.
Therapeutics A time frame during which a drug is proscribed, to evaluate baseline behaviour or decreased the dose of psychoactive drugs, and possibly the incidence of tardive dyskinesia
Vox populi A trip to a place where some usually illicit drugs are legal—e.g., Amsterdam, Jamaica

drug holiday

Psychiatry A period in which a prescribed drug is proscribed, to evaluate baseline behavior or ↓ the dose of psychoactive drugs, and possibly incidence of tardive dyskinesia. See Tardive dyskinesia.

drug hol·i·day

(drŭg hol'i-dā)
Interval when a patient on long-term medication temporarily stops taking the prescribed medication; used to allow some recuperation of normal functions or to maintain sensitivity to the drug(s).

drug hol·i·day

(drŭg hol'i-dā)
Interval of time when a patient on long-term medication temporarily stops taking the medication; used to allow some recuperation of normal functions.