When you hear the phrase “drug withdrawal,” what comes to mind? Many people probably think about symptoms associated with dependence on opioids. People who stop smoking may also experience unpleasant reactions when they stop “cold turkey.” Ditto for those who suffer from alcohol use disorder.

What most people do not realize, however, is that many prescribed medications can also trigger a “discontinuation syndrome.” That’s the medical terminology doctors, drug companies and the Food and Drug Administration use to describe the symptoms of stopping a number of medicines that usually are not associated with a substance use disorder.

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