pseudoaddiction

A drug-seeking behaviour that simulates true addiction, which occurs in patients with pain who are receiving inadequate pain medication

pseudoaddiction

Substance abuse A drug-seeking behavior that stimulates true addiction in Pts with pain who are receiving inadequate.
pain, medication. Cf Addiction, Drug-seeking.
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One study showed that pseudoaddiction can adversely influence pain management, and suggest that more emphasis should be placed on patients' pain and analgesic needs when responding to concern-raising behaviors problems in SCD.
Physical dependence, pseudoaddiction and addiction can result in patients seeking medications in improper ways.
Pseudoaddiction occurs when individuals demonstrate some behaviors associated with addiction.
The notion of pseudoaddiction was developed in pain medicine to describe the desperate drug seeking of the undertreated pain patient and to distinguish it from the desperate drug seeking of the addict.
Assessment is primarily clinical and requires an awareness of appropriate terminology, an index of clinical suspicion, and expertise teasing apart pain, addiction, and pseudoaddiction.
Pseudoaddiction is described as opioid-seeking behavior with requests for dose escalations caused by inadequately treated pain [78].
Pseudoaddiction results from undertreatment of pain, and may resolve with proper therapy.
Pseudoaddiction can be attributed to inadequately controlled pain; egregious behaviors, such as the use of illicit drugs, cannot be ascribed to pseudoaddiction alone
The physician must be well conversant with the differential diagnosis and definitions of physical dependence, tolerance, pseudotolerance, aberrant behaviors, addiction, and pseudoaddiction.
Often, this is a manifestation of pseudoaddiction an attempt to acquire enough medication to reduce intractable pain, from doctors who undermedicate them, usually because of fear of causing addiction or fear of arrest by overzealous law enforcement agents.
Pseudoaddiction is a delicate issue, especially when you consider the potential for survey and legal problems.
If the potential for pseudoaddiction as a diagnosis is a possibility, then the patient with unrelieved pain and high levels of distress must be evaluated (see Table 1).