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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. Philip Gilly
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Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (Definition)

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, ...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?

A hospital or detox: Alcohol withdrawal can be a very serious and possibly life threatening situation and is best handled in a hospital or detox facility. ...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