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What is the definition or description of: opiate withdrawal?

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Dr. Vivek Iyer answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Opioid withdrawal: Like many medications, the body becomes used to or "tolerant" opioids. Once your body is used to a medication, abruptly stopping a medication can precipitate symptoms called withdrawal. Opioid withdrawal symptoms can be flu-like symptoms, itching, nausea, diarrhea, pain, and even worse could lead to death depending on the dosage of opioid the patient was taking.

Answered 6/9/2017

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