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Doctor insights on: Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium Tremens

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Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) for alcohol withdrawal?

Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) for alcohol withdrawal?

Not recommended: The best thing is to seek help for alcohol withdrawal, which can be dangerous. Check with your doctor and get her/his recommendations for withdrawal treatment. Xanax (alprazolam) doesn't last as long in the body as valium or librium, and there could be a risk of seizures if it wears off and the alcohol withdrawal breaks through. Don't try this at home! ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Delirium (Definition)

We believe delirium occurs when the brain cannot maintain its normal activities when overwhelmed by metabolic demands or other variables which exceed the brain's capacity to compensate for. Brains with less reserve capacity are particularly vulnerable. Not entirely unlike acute heart failure. See my last textbook chapter for more reading in the appi textbook ...Read more


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Could you develop delirium tremens without other alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Could you develop delirium tremens without other alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Sequences: Often the first occurrence is a withdrawal seizure at 6-96 hrs after stopping the booze, and delirium tremens begins shortly after seizure activity. However, have seen patients without any premonitory tremors or seizures and go directly into delirium tremens. So, could well be variable. ...Read more

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Does alcohol withdrawal generally cause hot flashes and/or fever without delerium tremens (dt's)?

Does alcohol withdrawal generally cause hot flashes and/or fever without delerium tremens (dt's)?

Certainly can....: Withdrawal from alcohol causes instability of many pathways, including those that control body temperature, even in the abscence of dt's. Other common complaints are diarrhea and agitation. Typically these will all resolve within a few days, however alcohol withdrawal is one of the few drug withdrawals that can be life-threatening. Heavy drinkers: seek the help of a doctor when quitting. ...Read more

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How long can you expect delirium due to alcohol withdrawal to last?

How long can you expect delirium due to alcohol withdrawal to last?

Varies: It may vary depending on length of dependency, alcohol level upon admission and co-morbidities. Intervention in symptom management as soon as possible will also help shorten the timeframe. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of alcohol withdrawal?

What are the main symptoms of alcohol withdrawal?

See below: Tromors and irritability, high blood pressure and pulse, nasea and vomiting. When extreme- hallucinations, confusion, seizures. ...Read more

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What kind of symptoms occur with alcohol withdrawal?

What kind of symptoms occur with alcohol withdrawal?

Alcohol withdrawal s: Is a set of symptoms seen when one reduces or stops alcohol consumption after prolonged periods of excessive alcohol intake. It is due to the central nervous system being in a hyper-excitable state, leading to seizures & delirium tremens. Symptoms start on waking, due to fall in blood alcohol levels during sleep, & can include agitation, hallucination, sweating, cunfusion, htn, insomnia, GI upset. ...Read more

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How can a person ease the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal?

How can a person ease the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal?

With the help of: Of a doctor. Please remember that alcohol withdrawal can kill you! Make an appointment with a psychiatrist in your area who deals with addiction to help you through this process. ...Read more

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Which foods are best for dealing with alcohol withdrawal?

Which foods are best for dealing with alcohol withdrawal?

Water: Drink plenty of water and eat bland things like bananas, soup and crackers. If your withdrawal is severe, I would suggest going to an ER. It is possible to have seizures during alcohol withdrawal after long term use. ...Read more

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Who to call for alcohol withdrawal?

Who to call for alcohol withdrawal?

Alcohol Withdrawal: A good place to start is with your family physician. Most hospitals also have medical detox units for this. And, alcohol treatment facilities can often also manage this dangerous situation. ...Read more

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Alcohol withdrawal: are seizures common?

Alcohol withdrawal: are seizures common?

Yes: Delirium tremens due to alcohol cessation may well start with a withdrawal seizure followed by frank delirium, hallucinations and tremors. Therefore, if alcohol abuse is to be terminated, one cannot stop abruptly, and must be slowly withdrawn, under medical supervision. Lastly, if a seizure does occur, it is against the law to drive a motor vehicle in the usa. ...Read more

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What vitamins are good for alcohol withdrawal?

What vitamins are good for alcohol withdrawal?

Most of them: Most alcoholics are deficient in vitamins and taking them is very important for reducing withdrawal symptoms ; maintaining sobriety. I advise a strong b complex with 100 mg of b's (b1 is esp. Crucial) ; vit. C 1000 mg. Minerals like zinc ; magnesium ; l-glutamine 1000 mg 3x/day also help. Avoid sweets. See http://www. Healthy. Net/health/article/nutritional_program_for_alcohol_detoxification/1851/3a. ...Read more

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Can you get depressed from alcohol withdrawal?

Can you get depressed from alcohol withdrawal?

Danger: not too fast: Abrupt withdrawal from alcohol can be not only anxiety-provoking but dangerous. Some will experience dt's (seriously altered thinking and possibly hallucinations) and others seizures. The depression could herald one of these. Detoxification with benzodiazipenes either in an outpatient - but better in an inpatient setting would be safer. It would also allow coordination of formal counseling/rehab. ...Read more

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Can alcohol withdrawal start 3 days after 2 day binge?

Can alcohol withdrawal start 3 days after 2 day binge?

Yes it can...: Depending on how much you drink during a "binge" and how often you have binges, you can have alcohol withdrawal symptoms starting as soon as the first day after up to several days after. That is why bingeing on a regular basis is considered a form of alcoholism. ...Read more

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Are there any natural remedies for alcohol withdrawal?

Are there any natural remedies for alcohol withdrawal?

Depends:: B-vitamins are of course essential; but both morphine and Cocaine (both all-natural, as laudanum or coca leaves) have been tried as remedies for alcoholism with disastrous results, back in the 19th and early 20th centuries. ...Read more

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Does Xanax (alprazolam) work for alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Does Xanax (alprazolam) work for alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Not a good idea: While Xanax (alprazolam) could help with some symptoms, it is never used this way in a medical setting. Xanax (alprazolam) is short acting and one of the most addictive benzodiazipines. It itself has the highest risk of seizures if withdrawaling from it. Since not doctor who is familar with treating alcohol withdrawal would use it, I suspect you are trying to withdrawal yourself. Don't do it find a qualified physician. ...Read more

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How can one get over severe insomnia from alcohol withdrawal?

How can one get over severe insomnia from alcohol withdrawal?

With help of doctor: I don't know how far along you are in your recovery from alcohol abuse, or if you've just stopped drinking. In the immediate withdrawal period, you may well need some medications to deal with symptoms -- and I would recommend working with your doctor on this. If you are farther out in your recovery, you may need evaluation for other co-occurring conditions like depression. Psychiatrist can help. ...Read more

Dr. Philip Gilly
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Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (Definition)

A set of symptoms seen when one reduces or stops alcohol consumption after prolonged periods of excessive alcohol intake. It is due to the central nervous system being ...Read more