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Is There An Over The Counter Treatment 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What can I take over-counter medicines for alcohol withdrawl? I have night sweats, headache, low apetite, and nausea?
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
If I don't show any signs of alcohol withdrawal in 7 days of not drinking am I ever going to have withdrawal?
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
Swift changes in emotions from high to low
difficulty sleeping including insomnia
rapid or increased heart rate
cold or clammy skin
change in eyes or pupils (enlarged or dilated)
movements out of the ordinary
lack of focus and the inability. ...Read more
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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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
See below: It will help some symptoms but not all and I would only use it as part of a detox regimen ...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
Detox program : Yes it is common . you need professional help. Don't hesitate contact your md a d / or on make a search for local places for treatment. Withdraw can cause seizures. If you can also go to " AA" a lots of resources there. Do it ASAP! ...Read more
Yes: Delirium tremens due to alcohol cessation may well start with a withdrawal seizure followed by frank delirium, hallucinations and tremors. Therefore, if alcohol abuse is to be terminated, one cannot stop abruptly, and must be slowly withdrawn, under medical supervision. Lastly, if a seizure does occur, it is against the law to drive a motor vehicle in the usa. ...Read more
Most of them:
Most alcoholics are deficient in vitamins and taking them is very important for reducing withdrawal symptoms ; maintaining sobriety. I advise a strong b complex with 100 mg of b's (b1 is esp. Crucial) ; vit. C 1000 mg. Minerals like zinc ; magnesium ; l-glutamine 1000 mg 3x/day also help. Avoid sweets. See
http://www.Healthy.Net/health/article/nutritional_program_for_alcohol_detoxification/1851/3a. ...Read more
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