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the unpleasant, sometimes life-threatening physiological changes that occur when some drugs are withdrawn after prolonged, regular use.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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