Many people are afraid of what is going to happen to them if they suddenly stop taking pain medications that contain hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, fentanyl, methadone, and buprenorphine. Feeling sick and off balance when one suddenly stops using or doing something is not exclusive to the opioid medications, but opioid withdrawals are the most common form of withdrawal symptoms facing Americans today. Let’s answer some questions that might be on your mind.
What are withdrawals?
Withdrawal symptoms are what your body feels when something that is used or done is suddenly stopped. Your mind starts screaming, “Hey, what just happened here?! I was kind of used to that and I want it back!” This physical feeling can occur if you suddenly stop drinking coffee, stop exercising or stop taking pills. If you suddenly stop something, you might feel some withdrawal symptoms.
Will I feel withdrawals if I stop taking my pills?
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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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Alternative Names Withdrawal from nicotine; Smoking - nicotine addiction and withdrawal; Smokeless tobacco - nicotine addiction; Cigar smoking; Pipe smoking; Smokeless snuff; Tobacco use; Chewing tobacco Treatment There are several strategies for treating nicotine withdrawal. Nicotine supplements can help. All of them work well, if used properly. See: Nicotine replacement therapy Nicotine supplements come in several forms: Gum Inhalers Nasal spray Skin patch Nonhabit forming prescription medications may help you quit smoking and keep you from starting again. See: Smoking cessation medications Such medicines include: Bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban) Varenicline (Chantix) Other medications, including clonidine, antidepressants such as nortriptyline or fluoxetine (Prozac), and buspirone (Buspar) have shown some benefits, but are not FDA-approved for smoking cessation Like any addiction, quitting tobacco is difficult, especially if you are acting alone. If you join a smoking cessation program, you have a m...
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