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Doctor insights on: Can I Really Die From Alcohol Withdrawal When Trying To Quit

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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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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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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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How many people die resulting from alcohol withdrawal per year?

Too many: Dont' be one of them. Get help. Go to an aa meeting. ...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

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If I try to quit, will the alcohol withdrawal symptoms kill me?

If I try to quit, will the alcohol withdrawal symptoms kill me?

Possibly: Severe alcohol withdrawal sometimes called delerium tremens can cause death. The vast majority of people who stop drinking do not risk death however. If you have any concerns about your health when you stop drinking, consult your physician who can assist you in a plan for safely detoxifying from alcohol. ...Read more

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Are dt's ever fatal during alcohol withdrawal, and if yes, how do they cause death?

Are dt's ever fatal during alcohol withdrawal, and if yes, how do they cause death?

Yes: Delirium tremens are extremely dangerous and carries a 35% mortality, untreated (5-15% treated). The physiologic mechanism of death is a combination of neurologic and cardiac processes related to the unregulated hyper-metabolic state of dts. Neuro-cellular damage due to the chronic exposure to alcohol leads to cardiac arrest and death. ...Read more

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What are some ways to cope with really bad alcohol withdrawal?

Need treatment: Contact a physician who has experience, and withdraw slowly, under supervision, using appropriate medications and thiamine. There is no coping, it cannot usually be done alone. Alcoholics anonymous is exceptionally valuable. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more