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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 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. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter medications MS vitamins that help with alcohol withdrawal and seizure prevention ?

Are there any over-the-counter medications MS vitamins that help with alcohol withdrawal and seizure prevention ?

Under Supervision: Withdrawal from alcohol should be taken quite seriously. If one has been drinking sufficient quantities of alcohol, there is a risk of severe withdrawal symptoms including seizures and even death. In such situations, there are no vitamins or over-the-counter supplements that can prevent such symptoms. Withdrawal alcohol, only under the supervision of a physician who understands the dangers. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter pills to help with alcohol withdrawl symptoms?

Are there any over-the-counter pills to help with alcohol withdrawl symptoms?

No: It is difficult to predict the severity of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. It may cause increase of heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, confusion, and even hallucinations and seizures. Many patients do not need to be in a hospital, but they need good medical treatment. This is even more important in older people (sorry, more than 40 year old) with other problems, such as hypertension, diabetes, etc. ...Read more

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What can I take over-counter medicines for alcohol withdrawl? I have night sweats, headache, low apetite, and nausea?

What can I take over-counter medicines for alcohol withdrawl? I have night sweats, headache, low apetite, and nausea?

See a doctor NOW: I gather you just stopped alcohol suddenly. Forget the drugstore, as you could have a withdrawal seizure, tremors, and even full-blown d.T's. Get to a hospital er right now. You are at great risk. Do not delay, get treatment. ...Read more

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Why is alcohol withdrawal even worse than withdrawal from hard drugs like heroin?

Why is alcohol withdrawal even worse than withdrawal from hard drugs like heroin?

Alcohol and withdrw: from benzodiazepines can be fatal. Withdrawal from opiates is difficult, may require treatment and maintenance for relapse prevention, but fatalities do not occur as commonly from the withdrawal itself. Nowadays, the rate of death from alcohol withdrawal has declined due to our understanding of it as a disease, and with more rapid treatment of alcohol use disorders. ...Read more

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Where can I get alcohol withdrawal medicine for free?

Where can I get alcohol withdrawal medicine for free?

Medicines for : Withdrawal are not expensive but they are controlled. You need medical supervision too. ...Read more

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Please tell me will taking OTC GABA aid with alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Please tell me will taking OTC GABA aid with alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Not likely: If you are having alcohol withdrawal, see your physician. GABA supplements, like others in the US, are unregulated and you have no real idea of what's in them, secondly they are not well absorbed by mouth (only sublingual forms actually get in) and thirdly there is no proof of their effectiveness. Seizures and DTs can occur if you are not properly treated. Then, get help with your alcoholism. ...Read more