Drug withdrawal symptoms
Drug withdrawal symptoms are the group of symptoms that occur upon the abrupt discontinuation or decrease in intake of medications or recreational drugs. In order for the symptoms of withdrawal to occur, one must have first developed a form of drug dependence. This may occur as physical dependence, psychological dependence or both. Drug withdrawal symptoms can be physical or psychological, altering the way person feel, act and think. Some drugs, like heroin, alcohol and cocaine, cause strong physical dependence. These are a few withdrawal symptoms and timelines for major targets of abuse:
- Heroin and prescription painkillers: flu-like symptoms lasting an average of 5 days
- Benzodiazepines: anxiety and/or seizures lasting weeks or months
- Cocaine: depression and restlessness lasting 7-10 days
- Alcohol: tremors and/or seizures lasting three days to several weeks
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