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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Careful!!: Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal. You need to be monitored by a physician, in the er or outpatient or in a detox.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Many: Many drugs are used to help with alcohol dependency. Naltrexone, varenicline, clonidine, disulfiram, diazepam are useful medications to be used only under a doctor's direction. Dr ulrich is quite correct in recommending expert care in dealing with alcohol withdrawal. 12 step programs, counseling w/ an alcohol/drug expert, and consulting your doctor are the best ways to deal with alcohol problems.
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Support: Once you detox and are sober, you need to join a support group. Alcoholics anonymous and celebrate recovery are two excellent organizations that help people deal with alcohol addiction. I would suggest making arrangements to join a group as you are planning your entry into detox. They might be able to visit you in the detox center and help with your transition to home as well.
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Anticraving: While in detox you will get Valium , thiamine and other adjuvant medications upon going home support groups are essential, and follow up with your addictionologist. Options include topamax, (topiramate) campral, vivitrol and anxilolytic medications we prefer non benzodiazepine anti anxiety medications. Always ask what is best for you.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Sedatives: For the most part, two classes of medications are used to manage alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The first is called sedative/hypnotics such as valium, Librium or ativan (lorazepam). The second is anticonvulsants or anti-seizure medications. Sometimes both are needed in severe cases in order to safely detox someone from alcohol. Such treatment generally takes about four days. You shouldn't try it yourself.

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