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Ten Practical Considerations During Medication Withdrawal

There are many important considerations when undertaking medication withdrawal, and the following list provides only a few of these considerations. It would be helpful to consider this list as simply informal, clinical notes on this broad and complicated topic, but even so, I believe it can be of help to those who are interested in this topic. It is not meant to replace competent medical supervision and care, but to heighten awareness of the common pitfalls and problems associated with withdrawal.

When helping a patient through medication withdrawal . . .

    1. Realize that there are at least THREE areas that need to be healed and supported:
      a) withdrawal symptoms,
      b) underlying health problems, which led to the patient