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Withdrawal Versus Precipitated Withdrawal

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Two types of withdrawal are associated with mu opioid agonist dependence: withdrawal and precipitated withdrawal.

Habitual opioid users become dependent on opioids. Dependent individuals who stop or decrease opioid use may go into spontaneous withdrawal. Dependent individuals who take an opioid antagonist (or partial agonist, in some cases) may go into precipitated withdrawal.

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This checklist provides a list of the forms that must be signed, the information that should be recorded for each patient (including current medications and allergies), and tests and labs that should be drawn during the intake assessment.
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Colleen LaBelle, RN/Boston Medical Center
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