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What does the term pseudoaddiction mean?

Pseudoaddiction refers to a state where inadequate analgesia results in drug-seeking behaviors that mimic addictive behaviors. These behaviors improve when pain is better controlled. Initially, it may be difficult to differentiate between pseudoaddiction and true addiction in clinical practice given that in both patient populations, the drug seeking behaviors stop, at least transiently, when the opioid dose is increased. However, patients with pseudoaddiction continue to show appropriate behaviors over extended periods when adequate analgesia is reached.