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Doctor insights on: Alcohol Withdrawal Depression And Fatigue

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is it possible for alcohol withdrawal or abuse cause flu like symptoms?

Is it possible for alcohol withdrawal or abuse cause flu like symptoms?

Yes: It may feel like one has the flu when experiencing what are known as withdrawal symptoms. Usually, one has to drink every day for at least one month, before they would have withdrawal symptoms after abruptly stopping. More over, the most severe kinds of withdrawal from alcohol can involve the person having a seizure, which can be dangerous as it can cause a person to stop breathing.

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Could taking over-the-counter GABA tablets aid with alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Could taking over-the-counter GABA tablets aid with alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

What's in them: The problem with OTC supplements is that there are no FDA requirements. One does not know exactly what is in them nor how much. It may possibly help, but who knows. If you are buying them at a pharmacy, ask the pharmacist. S/he may know.

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Will oxazepam work for marijuana withdrawal like it would for alcohol withdrawal?

Will oxazepam work for marijuana withdrawal like it would for alcohol withdrawal?

Not really: Oxazepam is and benzodiazepine and works on gaba receptors. Marijuana has its own receptors. On the other hand, marijuana withdrawal, if such exists, might present with anxiety and Oxazepam will help for that. If you say you're withdrawing from marijuana, where you depressed to begin with?

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Adult son is in alcohol withdrawal. May he take seroquel (quetiapine) with 10mg Valium to get some sleep?

Adult son is in alcohol withdrawal. May he take seroquel (quetiapine) with 10mg Valium to get some sleep?

This can be serious: Alcohol withdrawal can be serious. In some cases there can be hallucinations, shaking, seizures and it can even be life threatening. So it is good idea to get physical check up as well as psychological evaluation. Treatment plan will probably include AA, psychological treatment and possibly some medication.

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I'm going through alcohol withdrawal - nausea shaking. I'm on day ten. How long will they last and will a few drinks hurt / set me back?

I'm going through alcohol withdrawal - nausea shaking. I'm on day ten. How long will they last and will a few drinks hurt / set me back?

Alcohol withdrawal: Alcohol withdrawal symptoms usually get worse within 48-72 hours after the last drink, and can persist for 2 weeks or longer sometimes. Yes, if you have a few drinks now, it could set you back. Part of the problem with alcohol dependency is inability to control how much you drink, once you start. See your physician about this; meds may help & you may also need some thiamine shots as well.

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Checking what I told my sponsor for medical accuracy - is it mild alcohol withdrawal or anxiety to have tremors while waiting to post bond for dui?

Checking what I told my sponsor for medical accuracy - is it mild alcohol withdrawal or anxiety to have tremors while waiting to post bond for dui?

DUI: Dui is due to alcohol intoxication in which blood or breath alcohol level is over the legal limit. Shakiness can be due to anxiety. Tremors can be due to withdrawal. Please see a psychiatrist for diagnosis and treatment, and continue to follow with aa and your sponsor.

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I'm 5 days off alcohol was drinking a pint of vodka daily I'm passed all the physical withdrawals but feel severely depressed and have no motivation?

I'm 5 days off alcohol was drinking a pint of vodka daily I'm passed all the physical withdrawals but feel severely depressed and have no motivation?

Talk to your doctor: Let's face it, the body is quite complicated! I'd talk to your regular doctor and/or a psychiatrist. The latter are experts in this type of thing and deal with it all of the time.

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I think I am going threw alcohol withdrawal... I had a bad year and started drinking a lot now when I stop I get shaky and light headed and highblod p?

I think I am going threw alcohol withdrawal... I had a bad year and started drinking a lot now when I stop I get shaky and light headed and highblod p?

Expected: This type of reactions (which may even include hallucination) is unexpected in alcohol withdrawal. You may talk to your doctor about how to go about doing it safely.

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Could I get alcohol withdrawal?

Could I get alcohol withdrawal?

How would I know?: Without your telling me how much your are drinking and anything about your other medical history, no doctor could tell you. I assume you are worried because you are drinking regularly. If you experience anxiety, increased sweating, and (especially) "shakes" - tremor - particularly in the morning, or find you have to wake up in the middle of the night to drink, or early in the morning, then yes.

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What can alcohol withdrawal feel like?

What can alcohol withdrawal feel like?

Alcohol withdrawal: Someone, who has been dependent on alcohol and suddenly stops drinking, will go through withdrawals. Withdrawal symptoms include hand tremors, insomnia, nausea or vomiting, psychomotor agitation, transient hallucinations (auditory, visual or tactile), anxiety, tonic clonic seizures and delirium tremens. Withdrawal symptoms usually start 3 days after the last use of alcohol. Thanks.

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