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Insulin Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal?: Only patients with diabetes take insulin. If they stop taking it, then blood sugars go up very high and may cause a life-threatening metabolic emergency called, diabetic ketoacidosis (dka). Though patients with type 2 diabetes don't normally get dka, high blood sugars will cause other problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why can ssris (and similar medications) be considered non-addictive, yet can cause major withdrawal symptoms?
You're right on both: Many medications have start-up side effects that go away after you've taken them for a few days, or they may have withdrawal symptoms if you stop suddenly. Stopping Clonidine suddenly can spike your blood pressure through the roof! antidepressant medications can cause temporary symptoms when you start them and again when stopping. Slowly increasing and decreasing the dose helps a lot. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For someone with candidiasis: why do they crave sugar and have other withdrawal symptoms when yeast is dying off after going off sugar for a few days?
Yeast & Blood Sugar: Sugar cravings and yeast infections are found in persons with diabetes. In diabetes the blood sugar is high because the body can not use the sugar that is in the blood. Despite not eating sugar, the body still must use up the blood sugar which requires a hormone called insulin. Even though yeast may be dying off, sugar cravings may be due to the inability of the body to use the sugar in the blood. ...Read more
Caffeine withdrawal: I recommend that people who are using excessive caffeine (whether coffee, tea or cola or other soft drinks) cut back by about 25% of the dose every 3-4 days until they get down to 1-2 servings per day, which is generally safe. If you are drinking sugared pepsi, there is also the sugar issue to deal with, so use of diet drinks temporarily may help. If 8 drinks/day, go down 2 drinks every 3-4 days. ...Read more
No: Withdrawal from medications/drugs/substances results from stopping it after you have taken it long enough for your body to acknowledge that it is no longer receiving it. Different drug characteristics cause for a different required amount of time & different time frame when to expect onset and ending of withdrawal. Sporadic use often doesn't result in withdrawal; everyone doesn't withdraw the same. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Different drugs are associated with different types of withdrawal. And how dangerous the symptoms are can vary quite a bit. Withdrawal from certain sedative or hypnotic drugs (downers) can be associated with seizures. Opiate withdrawal, while terribly painful, is actually less medically serious. Alcohol withdrawal is similar to sedative withdrawal and can be associated with seizures. ...Read more
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