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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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How can one get over severe insomnia from alcohol withdrawal?

How can one get over severe insomnia from alcohol withdrawal?

With help of doctor: I don't know how far along you are in your recovery from alcohol abuse, or if you've just stopped drinking. In the immediate withdrawal period, you may well need some medications to deal with symptoms -- and I would recommend working with your doctor on this. If you are farther out in your recovery, you may need evaluation for other co-occurring conditions like depression. Psychiatrist can help. ...Read more

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How long would that take to get rid of alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

How long would that take to get rid of alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

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

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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 does it typically take for the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal to abate?

How long does it typically take for the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal to abate?

5-7 days: Acute alcohol withdrawal symptoms subside within 5-7 days. However, the prolonged past acute withdrawal symptoms lasts for several weeks and months and the leading cause of relapse. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal to finish?

That depends on a: Number of factors including how much and how long you have been drinking, your underlying health and others. However, alcohol withdrawal can kill! Do not do this on your own! See a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction now! ...Read more

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Adult son is in alcohol withdrawal. May he take seroquel (quetiapine) with 10mg Valium to get some sleep?

This can be serious: Alcohol withdrawal can be serious. In some cases there can be hallucinations, shaking, seizures and it can even be life threatening. So it is good idea to get physical check up as well as psychological evaluation. Treatment plan will probably include AA, psychological treatment and possibly some medication. ...Read more

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How long can alcohol withdrawal last for?

See below: Two to three days is usual. After dts, it can take up to seven to ten days to recover. ...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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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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What is the time it takes for the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal to abate?

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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What are signs of alcohol withdrawal and how long after last drink does it start?

Anxiety: Most people with alcohol withdrawal, who are usually daily drinkers, experience symptoms/signs within 4-6 hours after last drink or reduction in drinking, with anxiety, insomnia, sweating and restlessness, followed by "shakes", increased anxiety and agitation, nausea/vomiting/ diarrhea, and in severe cases seizures and delirium (dts). It is bad for your blood pressure/depression and diabetes.Stop! ...Read more

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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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Do you always get sweats and shaking in alcohol withdrawal?

Do you always get sweats and shaking in alcohol withdrawal?

Most people will: Most people who drink too much and have actual withdrawals will get those 2 symptoms to some degree. For some they may be more severe depending on factors such as the amount of alcohol comsumed prior. Some people may get more severe symptoms such a dt's, hallucinations and seizure. ...Read more

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Which vitamins should you take when going through alcohol withdrawal?

Which vitamins should you take when going through alcohol withdrawal?

Thiamine, folate (folic acid): Thiamine and folate (folic acid) are the most common vitamin deficiencies. Multivitamins are commonly included during withdrawal treatment. Nutritional support is important because patients are often malnourished, but can be problematic early in the process if withdrawal symptoms are severe. Withdrawal is a serious condition and must be monitored in the hospital rather than attempted at home. ...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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How long does alcohol withdrawal usually last?

How long does alcohol withdrawal usually last?

3 days: Unless seignifican malnutrition, neurological of liver deterioration than longer. If severe, and one goes into dts, than 7-10 days. ...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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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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How long does alcohol withdrawal dizziness last?

It varies: It really depends on your body weight, rate of metabolism, if you ate when you drunk, and on the amount and type of alcohol. It also depends on your genetic ability to metabolize and tolerate alcohol. Children of alcoholics will have a higher tolerance for alcohol. On average, the withdrawal lasts at least one day. You can see alcohol makes you sick. Have you considered stopping drinking? ...Read more

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How can I best take care of alcohol withdrawal symptoms if you have hepatitis?

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

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Can you get depressed from alcohol withdrawal?

Can you get depressed from alcohol withdrawal?

Danger: not too fast: Abrupt withdrawal from alcohol can be not only anxiety-provoking but dangerous. Some will experience dt's (seriously altered thinking and possibly hallucinations) and others seizures. The depression could herald one of these. Detoxification with benzodiazipenes either in an outpatient - but better in an inpatient setting would be safer. It would also allow coordination of formal counseling/rehab. ...Read more

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Does campral help to get rid of the alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Does campral help to get rid of the alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Reduces cravings: It is used to reduce cravings for alcohol after the acute detox is over. ...Read more

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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