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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

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


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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

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for alcohol withdrawal?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for alcohol withdrawal?

This is up to YOU: There is no easy treatment for alcoholism. This disease is more common than you think. The first step towards recovery is as simple as you deciding you are ready. Seek help, support, and camaraderie from others (who have been there) in a group, such as aa. If 12 steps are not for you there are plenty of other options (save our selves, lifering, women for sobriety). Make the call, and good luck! ...Read more

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Does alcohol withdrawal feel like bugs crawling?

Very Dangerous: Alcohol withdrawal that reaches the point where there are any hallucinations including tactile, such as bugs crawling on skin, is a red flag for what is called delirium tremens (dts) which is a life-threatening, emergency situation. Immediate medical intervention and monitoring is required. Dts can have an onset up to 7 days after ones last drink. ...Read more

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How long would my alcohol withdrawal effects last?

Three days: Often these are gone in 72 hours. However, this depends on you frequency and amount of use as well as your general physical condition. Alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous. If you are a heavy user, get medical help with withdrawal. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Alcohol withdrawal: Swift changes in emotions from high to low
nausea
difficulty sleeping including insomnia
rapid or increased heart rate
cold or clammy skin
change in eyes or pupils (enlarged or dilated)
excitability
irritability
vomiting
movements out of the ordinary
nervousness
depression
hand tremors
pulsating headaches
lack of focus and the inability. ...Read more

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Is it possible to experience alcohol withdrawal in hours?

Yes: Alcohol withdrawal can begin 6-12 hours after your last drink. The minor symptoms include tremors, insomnia, irritability, mild agitation, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, tension, anxiety, sweating, restlessness. More serious symptoms include hallucinations, tremors and delirium (delirium tremons). Alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening and merits an immediate trip to the er. ...Read more

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Can I really die from alcohol withdrawal when trying to quit?

Can I really die from alcohol withdrawal when trying to quit?

Yes.: In the very severe cases, delirium tremens can cause fatal seizures, although most withdrawal fatalities occur from falls while mentally incapacitated. ...Read more

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Anyone have any suggestions for surviving alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Anyone have any suggestions for surviving alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

See a physician: Alcohol withdrawal may be fatal. You might want to get medical attention rather than going through it alone. ...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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How long will alcohol withdrawal symptoms last?

Alcohol withdrawal: Acute use of alcohol in excess usually causes symptoms for no more than 24 hours, and they are worst the morning after. With chronic alcohol use, to some extent duration of symptoms depends on amount being used. The physical withdrawal is usually ending in 3-4 days but longer lasting symptoms can last months or longer. ...Read more

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How long can delirium due to alcohol withdrawal last?

Days: Days to 2 weeks but it can be fatal if not treated and monitored. ...Read more

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Could I be confusing alcohol withdrawal with anxiety?

Could I be confusing alcohol withdrawal with anxiety?

It is more likely...: That you are confusing anxiety with withdrawal. Many alcoholics describe a feeling of anxiety or uneasiness when they are about to have an urge or a craving to drink. This represents psychological, rather than physical, withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the standard dosage of Valium for alcohol withdrawal?

What is the standard dosage of Valium for alcohol withdrawal?

No Standard Dose: There is no fixed standard dose of Valium (Diazepam) for alcohol withdrawl. The dose depends on your symptoms and how long you have been abusing alcohol. One may start 10 mgm every 6 hours and gradually taper&stop
Alcoholics are not usually prescribed Valium for long term as there is potential for Addiction with Valium
It is only used in acute phase and in hospital or rehab setting to prevent DTs ...Read more

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How long does it take for alcohol withdrawal symptoms to start?

How long does it take for alcohol withdrawal symptoms to start?

2-7 days: Alcohol withdrawal may start as early as the day following your drink, but usually bad withdrawal, called dts (delirium tremens) takes to 2-7 days to take effect. In most cases 2-4 days will be the usual latency. ...Read more

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How long do nightmares typically last during alcohol withdrawal?

How long do nightmares typically last during alcohol withdrawal?

A week or less: Nightmares and vivid dreams can start in the first 1-2 days of withdrawal, generally are improved at 3-5 days and should be gone in a week. Appropriate medication, usually benzodiazepines, can reduce the complications of withdrawal. If this is you we are talking about, the major concern should be how not to drink any more. A counselor or your doctor can help. Very few people succeed on their own. ...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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Can I have experienced a bad hangover or alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Can I have experienced a bad hangover or alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Only you can know: If you have been drinking enough to have either. A hangover is not a withdrawal - it is a reaction to the alcohol and its metabolic by-products (ketones) as well as congeners (flavorings, other chemicals) in the beverage. Withdrawal requires regular drinking of large amounts over a long period of time, and has different symptoms - tremor, anxiety, sweating, although both have headache/irritability. ...Read more

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Can having 2 beers a night cause alcohol withdrawal if trying to quit?

Can having 2 beers a night cause alcohol withdrawal if trying to quit?

Psychological depend: No psysical but you are in the habit of having two &ay miss it when you quit paychologically ...Read more