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Many people are able to stop using antidepressants with relatively mild discomfort but, for others, withdrawal symptoms become debilitating. Some return to using antidepressants to stop the overwhelming number of symptoms associated with discontinuing these medications.
The term withdrawal, however, has been replaced with antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. This is because antidepressants are not considered to be addictive. They are not habit forming, do not cause drug-seeking behaviors, and are not harmful substances. The term withdrawal was somewhat misleading and therefore replaced.
It is recommended that those patients stopping antidepressant medications do so under the supervision of a physician and slowly wean off of the medication. Based on the length of time antidepressants have been used, and the current dosage, this process could take months to complete but can severely limit the severity of withdrawal symptoms.
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Alcohol withdrawal refers to symptoms that may occur when a person who has been drinking too much alcohol every day suddenly stops drinking alcohol.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Alcohol withdrawal usually occurs in adults, but it may occur in teenagers or children as well. It can occur when a person who often uses alcohol excessively suddenly stops drinking alcohol. Withdrawal usually occurs within 5 - 10 hours after the last drink, but it may occur days later.
The more heavily you drink every day, the more likely you will be to develop alcohol withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking. The likelihood of developing severe withdrawal symptoms also increases if you have certain other medical problems.
Treatment for Alcoholism There are many options for treatment for alcohol use disorders. They depend in part on the severity of the patients drinking. Treatment options include: Behavioral therapy, which may include individual sessions with a health professional and support groups Medications Guidelines encourage primary care doctors to do brief intervention to help patients who are alcohol abusers (but who may not yet be alcohol dependent) reduce or stop their drinking. In these interventions, your doctor may give you an action plan for working on your drinking, ask you to keep a daily diary of how much alcohol you consume, and recommend for you target goals for your drinking. If your doctor thinks that you have reached the stage of alcoholism, he or she may recommend anti-craving or aversion medication and also refer you to other health care professionals for substance abuse services. Overall Treatment Goals The ideal goal of long-term treatment for alcohol dependence is total abstinence. ...
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