Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Withdrawal from Medication Underlying Cause

Drug withdrawal occurs because the body is physically dependent on the effects of a drug. When the drug is stopped, the body must adjust to the absence of the drug. Nerves throughout the body become excessively stimulated without the drug, which results in the symptoms of withdrawal.

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Last Updated: Apr 4, 2007 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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