Withdrawal symptoms


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with·draw·al symp·toms

a group of morbid symptoms, including excitability and irritability, occurring in an addicted person who is deprived of the accustomed dose of the addicting substance.
See also: withdrawal.
Synonym(s): abstinence symptoms

withdrawal symptoms

the unpleasant, sometimes life-threatening physiological changes that occur when some drugs are withdrawn after prolonged, regular use. The effects may occur after use of an opioid, antipsychotic, stimulant, sedative-hypnotic, alcohol, corticosteroid, or other substance to which the person has become physiologically or psychologically dependent or addicted. Other drug therapy may be used to relieve symptoms of withdrawal, such as methadone used for heroin withdrawal, or chlordiazepoxide, used for alcohol withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can also be managed with a planned schedule of tapering the drug dose by gradually reducing the dosage over time, as with the tapering of corticosteroids.

with·draw·al symp·toms

(with-draw'ăl simp'tŏmz)
A group of morbid symptoms, predominantly erethistic, occurring in an addict who is deprived of the accustomed dose of the addicting agent.

Withdrawal symptoms

A group of physical or mental symptoms that may occur when a person suddenly stops using a drug to which he or she has become dependent.
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These are common [opioid drug] withdrawal symptoms," explains Feldman, "and they were bad enough for two subjects to drop out.
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Fortunately, the withdrawal symptoms only last a few days and then go away.
According to a doctor who examined him he is believed to have been suffering withdrawal symptoms from a narcotic, it was not known which, and that induced a panic attack.
Hospital staff were sickened when they realised the little boy was suffering withdrawal symptoms from a heroin substitute.
In addition, it is widely known (and experienced by every regular coffee-drinker) that chronic use of caffeine leads to dependence, tolerance, craving, and withdrawal symptoms if regular doses (or cups) are missed.
However, some believe craving feelings are part of the addiction complex that includes tolerance, withdrawal symptoms and loss of control.
Caffeine has already been blamed for low birthweights and miscarriages - and some babies even have caffeine withdrawal symptoms.
Finally, speak to your physician about the pros and cons of nicotine replacement therapy (the patch or gum), which has been FDA approved for smokers to combat physical withdrawal symptoms.
Deprivation produces stress-like withdrawal symptoms independent of other events (Ratliff-Crain, O'Keeffe, & Baum, 1989).