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Drug Dependence

Drug dependence is a condition that occurs when a person becomes physically or psychologically dependent on a drug, such that they experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking it. It is an important aspect of pharmacovigilance as it can result in adverse health effects and is a significant public health issue.

Pharmacovigilance activities related to drug dependence include the monitoring and reporting of such cases, conducting risk assessments to determine the likelihood of drug dependence occurring with certain drugs, and implementing strategies to prevent and manage it. This may include educating healthcare providers and patients about the potential risks of drug dependence, and developing guidelines and recommendations for the safe use of drugs that have a high potential for dependence.

It is important to recognize and manage it in a timely manner, as untreated drug dependence can lead to serious health consequences, including overdose, and can have a negative impact on a person’s social, work, and personal life. Pharmacovigilance plays a crucial role in reducing the risk of drug dependence by continuously monitoring and assessing the safety of drugs and taking appropriate actions to minimize harm to patients.

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