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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for delirium tremens?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for delirium tremens?

DTs: No! This is a life threatening situation and needs treatment by a physician. ...Read more

Dr. Maureen Nash
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Delirium (Definition)

We believe delirium occurs when the brain cannot maintain its normal activities when overwhelmed by metabolic demands or other variables which exceed the brain's capacity to compensate for. Brains with less reserve capacity are particularly vulnerable. Not entirely unlike acute heart failure. See my last textbook chapter for more reading in the appi textbook ...Read more


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What is the best treatment for delirium tremens?

Hospitalization: Delerium tremens is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that can involve nervous system (anxiety, hallucinations, agitation, seizures) and cardiovascular (high blood pressure, heart racing) changes. It can be very dangerous. Treatment with various medications (often anti-anxiety medications in the class of benzodiazepines) is used to help people withdraw safely. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of delirium tremens?

DTs: To prevent serious damage and seizures, vitamins and benzodiazepine, fluids, and other supportive therapies. Some physicians use Phenobarbital to help with withdrawal. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for delirium tremens?

Treat symptoms: There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for delirium tremens, a potentially-fatal withdrawal syndrome of alcohol abuse. In general the goal is to treat the symptoms and gently support the person through withdrawal while keeping them alive. The important thing to remember is dt can kill you; it must be treated early and aggressively. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of getting delirium tremens?

See below: Shakes and agitation are early signs but are often seen in alcohol withdrawal that does not proceed to dts. Confusion and hallucinations are more specific but these are no longer early signs. If yu have any signs of withdrawal, you need to be under medical care. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get delirium tremens?

Alcoholics: Chronic alcoholics develop delirium tremens during the withdrawal process. It is a serious illness and needs to be treated as an emergency. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about experiencing delirium tremens?

Can you tell me about experiencing delirium tremens?

Hallucinations/shakes: While I have not personally experienced delirium tremens or dts, I have seen it on a number of occasions in alcoholics withdrawing from alcohol. It is characterized primarily by visual hallucinations, shaking tremors, high blood pressure, and rapid pulse. This is a medical emergency that can lead to seizures and death if not treated properly with IV fluids, enough valium to reverse the symptoms, and folic acid. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: delirium tremens?

Alcohol withdrawal: Within 6-96 hrs after abrupt cessation of drinking, an alcoholic may develop withdrawal seizures followed by confusion, florid hallucinations, tremulousness, disorientation, agitation, even combativeness. This could well be life threatening and must be treated within a hospital, even an icu. Thiamine administration is critical. ...Read more

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What are the signs that you may start to have delirium tremens happen soon?

Varied: Delirium tremens is the presentation of delirium which is a acute change in the sensorium in other words the way you interpret and associate with external stimili. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of impending delirium tremens (dts)?

Can be severe: Delirium tremens or alcohol withdrawal syndrome can have very severe symtpoms. These may include tremenulousness, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, high blood pressure, high heart rate, sweating. This can lead to seizures in the extreme cases. The seizures are usually generalized with uncontrolled movements of all of the limbs. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of delirium tremens?

Seizures: Preceded by fever, rapid heart rate, confusion, inability to walk well, irritability and anxiety. Withdrawal begins within hours of the last drink. Within 2-3 days the syndrome is in full swing and the risk of seizures and death is highest within 3-7days. The more regularly one drinks and the larger the amounts, the higher the risk of significant withdrawal. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is delirium tremens?

Withdrawal Alcohol?: Delirium tremens is an acute episode of delirium that is usually caused by withdrawal from alcohol, first described in benzodiazepines are the treatment of choice for delirium tremens (dt)withdrawal from sedative-hypnotics other than alcohol, such as benzodiazepines, or barbiturates, can also result in seizures, delirium tremens, and death if not properly managed. ...Read more

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How is the diagnosis of delirium tremens made?

History: History of alcohol abuse, time since last use, elevated temperature/pulse/blood pressure and sometimes visual hallucinations. ...Read more

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How long does it take for delirium tremens to set in?

How long does it take for delirium tremens to set in?

Delirium tremens: This is a withdrawal syndrome that can happen when you stop drinking alcohol after a period of heavy drinking -- especially if not eating enough food. Symptoms most often occur within 72 hours after the last drink. However, they may occur up to 7 - 10 days after the last drink. These include body tremors, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, sweating, etc. Can lead to seizures. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get delirium tremens? Or only if they drink too much?

DTs: Delerium tremens, is severe alcohol withdrawal, and can be deadly so it is treated with strong withdrawal medications in the intensive care units. The patient has severe confusion, is often very agitated, has shaking, and may have seizures. If a person drinks a lot daily, has done this for years, and then abruptly stops drinking, can go into dts. ...Read more

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Could you develop delirium tremens without other alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Could you develop delirium tremens without other alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

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

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What is an over-the-counter treatment for psoriasis?

What is an over-the-counter treatment for psoriasis?

PSORIASIS: Over the counter rx are: emolients, salicylic acid, coal tar ointments, solution or shampoos. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for gastroparesis?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for gastroparesis?

Diet: Diet is the only non prescription treatment for gastroparesis. Low fat, low residue diet is recommended. Small frequent meals are also advised. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for cholesteatoma?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for cholesteatoma?

Not recommended: I personally would not recommend otc treatment for this condition. See an ent. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for addison's disease?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for addison's disease?

No, don't skip meds: Addison's disease is serious; represents adrenal failure (lack of glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids & sex hormones.) without these important hormones you have trouble with glucose metabolism, stress, severe fatigue, sodium & potassium balance, immune response, sexual development, sex drive. It's important to know why the adrenals are not functioning. Meds are prescription & taken for life. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for asperger's syndrome?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for asperger's syndrome?

Maybe: While controversial, some parents swear that their child with some form of pervasive developmental disorder, respond favorable to dmg, or di-methyl glycine, which is over the counter at health food stores. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for sciatica?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for sciatica?

See knowlegable Dr: See dr who can determine if it is sciatica or fibromyalgia. The latter seems more common. ...Read more

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What's an over-the-counter treatment for gardnerella?

What's an over-the-counter treatment for gardnerella?

No good otc: Gardnerella or bacterial vaginosis is a common vaginal infection cause by over growth of a bad bacteria or death of good bacterial. It can be affected by spermicide, doucheiing (don't do this!), overenthusiastic cleaning or bad luck. It is easilly treated with oral medication or vaginal suppositories prescribed by a doctor but I would not recommend treating it yourself. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for urticaria?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for urticaria?

Antihistamines: Avoiding what you believe to be causing the urticaria (hives) is the best treatment, but sometimes not easily done. Antihistamines can also help greatly, and are available over the counter. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for bacterial viaginosis?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for bacterial viaginosis?

No: But after good treatment, the best treatment is excellent hygiene and use of just-in-case small doses of the antibiotic cream used to treat it in the first place...After sex and after a loose bm. The acid level of semen encourages the bacteria to grow, and a source of the infection van be a loose bm hard to get clean from. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for scabies?

Yes: Scabies is treated with a topical over the counter scabicide such as 5% Permethrin (nix, actin, elimite). It is applied over the entire body from the chin to the toes and left on for 8 to 14 hours before washing off. The treatment is repeated 1 week later. After your first Permethrin treatment is completed you can try some calamine lotion and some solarcaine as itching may persist. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for trichomoniasis?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for trichomoniasis?

Prescribed: Trichomoniasis can be treated w one oral dose of Metronidazole or tinidazole. These are antibiotics which your doctor can order. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for wound infection?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for wound infection?

Need to see a doctor: You might need a prescription for an antibiotic. In addition to this, wound care with soap and water is important. ...Read more