Addiction101 Addiction Network

Withdrawal from prescribed medication can occur when an individual stops taking a medication that they have been prescribed, or when they significantly reduce the dose or frequency of their medication without medical supervision. Withdrawal can occur with a range of medications, including opioids, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and stimulants.

Withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on the medication and individual factors such as the dose, duration of use, and underlying health conditions. Common withdrawal symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, tremors, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

It is important to note that withdrawal from prescribed medication can be dangerous or even life-threatening, particularly in cases where an individual has been taking high doses of medication or has been taking medication for an extended period of time. In some cases, medical detoxification or a gradual tapering of medication may be necessary to minimize the risk of withdrawal symptoms.

If you are considering stopping or reducing your prescribed medication, it is important that you speak with your healthcare provider to develop a safe and effective plan for tapering off your medication or transitioning to an alternative treatment. With the right support and resources, many individuals are able to successfully manage their medication and improve their overall health and well-being.