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How Long Does It Take For Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms To Start
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
Depends,: If you are an inpatient receiving detox medication your symptoms could be decreased considerably within hours. If you are drinking heavily and stop suddenly and take no mediation for detox you could have symptoms lasting 5-7 days. It is much safer to do this while under care of your family md or psychiatrist. ...Read more
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
With M.D. supervion:
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be serious.
They can include life threatening seizures. The withdrawal should be done under medical supervision and may include a temporary use of benzodiazepines. Sometimes the withdrawal process is done in the hospital. It is particularly important to undergo this withdrawal process since the use of alcohol in the presence of hepatitis is very dangerous. ...Read more
My dr placed me on librium for 10 days for alcohol withdrawal. How long do withdrawal symptoms last? Will I be ok after the 10 days I hope?
Yes: Alcohol withdrawal can often last up to 7 days after the last drink. So, after 10 days you should be ok. Note though that this is if you 100% abstain from any alcohol at all, even a sip. Also, taking alcohol and a benzodiazepene like Librium is extremely dangerous as it significantly raises your risk of seizure. Good luck on kicking the habit. ...Read more
I have primary biliary cirhosis. Can I take Xanax (alprazolam) to help with alcohol withdrawal symptoms or will that damage my liver too?
Biliary cirrhosis: Although it's a benzodiazepine and could be used, xanax (alprazolam) might not be the preferred medication to use in alcohol withdrawal. It really depends on what your physician determines is safest for you, considering your entire state of health. Alcohol would definitely be more injurious to your liver than xanax (alprazolam). Sometimes medications must be reduced in dosage, in accord w/reductions in liver function. ...Read more
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
Which alcohol withdrawal symptoms can happen after only about 3 or 4 weeks of nightly consumption?
After Alcohol: Delerium tremens or dts can occur even after regular chronic alcohol consumption is abruptly terminated in some people. Marked by hallucinations, cardiovascular instability and seizures. More likely you will experience tremors, headaches, fatigue, sleep changes, irritability, agitation and in some cases palpitations. Your consumption amount will also impact the degree of symptoms experienced. ...Read more
Is it possible to experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms 12 or so hours after drinking, but with only minor symptoms, and only lasting for 10-30 mins?
Maybe: Timing and intensity ok but duration seems inconsistent. ...Read more
Not a good idea: While Xanax (alprazolam) could help with some symptoms, it is never used this way in a medical setting. Xanax (alprazolam) is short acting and one of the most addictive benzodiazipines. It itself has the highest risk of seizures if withdrawaling from it. Since not doctor who is familar with treating alcohol withdrawal would use it, I suspect you are trying to withdrawal yourself. Don't do it find a qualified physician. ...Read more
Go to rehab: Check with your local medical clinic or hospital if they have a program to get clean from alcohol. Usually takes several days to one week. Patients receive tranquilizers and anticonvulsants while not drinking alcohol to prevent seizures, delirium or neurological complications. ...Read more
Not Much: Atenelol is a beta blocker, this family of medications are not used (in general) for treatment of alcohol withdrawal. They may help with peripheral symptoms of anxiety such as tremor, tachycardia and high blood pressure. Other medications are more effective in treatment of alcohol withdrawal. ...Read more
How do you differentiate between alcohol withdrawal symptoms and anxiety disorder? Are there symptoms particular to each?
Sequences: Often the first occurrence is a withdrawal seizure at 6-96 hrs after stopping the booze, and delirium tremens begins shortly after seizure activity. However, have seen patients without any premonitory tremors or seizures and go directly into delirium tremens. So, could well be variable. ...Read more
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
Should I see my dr for help with alcohol withdrawal symptoms? What kind of help can he provide me with? I have the shakes and anxiety.
Alcohol Detox: Yes. Your doctor can help you find an appropriate setting for detox under supervision. Please do not try this at home alone on your own. ...Read more
Can alcohol withdrawal symptoms last more than a month? Also can chronic alcoholism cause damage to your central nervous system?
Yes: The physiologic symptoms attributed to alcohol withdrawal can last for weeks particularly in the most severe cases. And it is known that alcoholism is a damaging to the central and peripheral nervous system. It can cause an alcohol related dementia and neuropathy. Some of the nervous symptoms are attributed directly to the neurotoxicity of alcohol others to often found nutritional deficiencies ...Read more
Is there any medication available to help with alcohol withdrawal symptoms? Having cold sweats, some hand trembling and some chest pains this am?
Five days: Mostly, all withdrawal symptoms are over in 3-5 days. For those with severe alcohol dependency, withdrawal symptoms can consist of seizures and hallucinations. These are medical emergencies. A person could die, especially if elderly or debilitated with a chronic disease. What many folks do is to start drinking when the withdrawal becomes too uncomfortable, which only just repeats the cycle. ...Read more
Alcohol withdrawal: This is a very person dependent question. If alcohol was used to mask or treat a depression or anxiety disorder, the perception of withdrawal symptoms can be chronic. If no underlying addictive issues, then withdrawal should be shorter but can depend on length of use of the drug. ...Read more
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