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Drug dependence

Drug dependence is the use of prescription drugs (drugs or medications) initially taken for medical reasons. For example, to reduce the pain of a chronic illness or treat emotional disorders such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, etc.
The patient exceeds the recommended dose, extending the use time, seeking to intensify and prolong the feeling of relief, and generating drug dependence. It is characterized by a tolerance to the drug’s effect and an uncomfortable withdrawal syndrome when trying to discontinue it.

Withdrawal symptoms are increased anxiety, insomnia, irritability, nausea, headache, muscle tension, tremors, palpitations, and mood swings. In this way, and trying to avoid going through this process, the uncontrolled use of the drug is resumed. So, it starts with the process of physical and mental dependence.

Examples of medications with a high risk of dependence are opioids, benzodiazepines, some sleep aids, and pain relievers.

Drug addiction (drug dependence) can occur quickly. For this reason, anyone who requires prolonged treatment with medications that can cause support must be cautious. It is essential to follow precisely the instructions of the treating doctor. Otherwise, there is a risk of developing chemical dependence.​

Es importante mantenerse alerta a los posibles signos de dependencia o abuso de medicamentos, para de esta manera lograr interceder a tiempo.

Una vez identificado el uso desmedido de medicamentos, es importante acercarse a un experto de la salud con experiencia en el tratamiento de adicciones.

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