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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)

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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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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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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What is the recommended dose of Valium per day for severe alcohol withdrawal? And how long should this treatment last usually?

What is the recommended dose of Valium per day for severe alcohol withdrawal? And how long should this treatment last usually?

Detox from alcohol: I think there are other drugs used for alcohol withdrawal. The benzos, especially valium is considered to be just another pill form of alcohol and are not a good fit for someone trying to get sober. I would hope you are in a medical setting and not attempting this at home. ...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 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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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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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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I'm unsure if I'm just being dramatic, or if I'm legit dying from alcohol withdrawal. - I don't know what to do.

Can Be Serious: Alcohol withdrawal can be serious. It can cause hallucinations, seizures and can be fatal. These symptoms usually occur in people who are heavy drinkers. In any case you should see a doctor to be treated for the acute effects of alcohol withdrawal and then want to be treated in an alcohol program that usually includes AA & consideration of other psychological treatment with medical care as needed. ...Read more

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If I don't show any signs of alcohol withdrawal in 7 days of not drinking am I ever going to have withdrawal?

If I don't show any signs of alcohol withdrawal in 7 days of not drinking am I ever going to have withdrawal?

No: If you have gone 7 days from last drink and have no withdrawal symptoms you are free of concerns regarding physical dependence. However psychological depence and cravings may remain. ...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?

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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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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Can propranolol half beta prograne 80mg be used for alcohol withdrawal?

See below: It will help some symptoms but not all and I would only use it as part of a detox regimen ...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