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Physical Dependence

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Physical dependence is frequently confused with drug addiction.

Physical dependence is dependence of the body on the presence of a particular drug. Physical dependence can be experienced in the form of withdrawal symptoms. For example, you are likely to feel withdrawal symptoms if you have been taking a narcotic or some steroids over a long period of time and then suddenly stop taking the medicine.

Withdrawal symptoms can usually be prevented or greatly minimized by gradually decreasing the dosage of the medication. This should only be done under the supervision of your doctor or other health care provider.

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