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Dr. Philip Gilly
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Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (Overview)

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.


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What sort of problem is alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

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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Dr. Philip Gilly
121 Doctors shared insights

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (Overview)

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.


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What symptoms make alcohol withdrawal syndrome the most likely diagnosis?

What symptoms make alcohol withdrawal syndrome the most likely diagnosis?

Thanks for asking!: History of alcohol dependence, that is, knowledge of sustained recent use; recent discontinuation of alcohol; tremors, anxiety, fatigue, fluctuating vital signs (temp, bp, heart rate, respirations), sleep disturbance, . ...Read more

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Is it ok to run if I have tachycardia caused by alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Is it ok to run if I have tachycardia caused by alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Probably not: As an alcoholic (?) you have more than likely developed a severe deficiency of vitamin b1.This will cause you to have an increased activity of the nervous control mechanisms of the heart and possibly the heart itself. Alcohol and b1 deficiency go together. Stop all forms of sugar and get plenty of rest. See your doctor for instructions on b1.Lyou will need other vitamins as well. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Support: Once you detox and are sober, you need to join a support group. Alcoholics anonymous and celebrate recovery are two excellent organizations that help people deal with alcohol addiction. I would suggest making arrangements to join a group as you are planning your entry into detox. They might be able to visit you in the detox center and help with your transition to home as well. ...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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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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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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Can a loved one die from alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Can a loved one die from alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Yes: Alcohol withdrawal is a medical emergency. If untreated, one can have dangerous heart rhythms, fast respirations, fevers, hallucinations, and seizures. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

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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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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What symptoms make alcohol withdrawal syndrome the most likely diagnosis?

Thanks for asking!: History of alcohol dependence, that is, knowledge of sustained recent use; recent discontinuation of alcohol; tremors, anxiety, fatigue, fluctuating vital signs (temp, bp, heart rate, respirations), sleep disturbance, . ...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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What kind of doctor sees somebody for alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Withdrawal: For a patient with serious withdrawal, they will be admitted by an intensivist, a hospitality, or the patients primary care physician. Addictionologist, or psychiatrist will admit to a treatment program with mild to moderate withdrawal. An outpatient program is appropriate for a patient with no withdrawal. ...Read more

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Is it ok to run if I have tachycardia caused by alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Probably not: As an alcoholic (?) you have more than likely developed a severe deficiency of vitamin b1.This will cause you to have an increased activity of the nervous control mechanisms of the heart and possibly the heart itself. Alcohol and b1 deficiency go together. Stop all forms of sugar and get plenty of rest. See your doctor for instructions on b1.Lyou will need other vitamins as well. ...Read more