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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)

Is 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 in a hyper-excitable state, leading to seizures & delirium tremens. Symptoms start on waking, due to fall in blood alcohol levels during sleep, & can include agitation, hallucination, sweating, cunfusion, ...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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What are the signs of alcohol withdrawal developing?

What are the signs of alcohol withdrawal developing?

Alcohol withdrawal: Causes nervousness, depression, not being able to think clearly, fatigue, irritability, jumpiness, nightmares, clammy skin, dilated pupils, insomnia, loss of appetite, sweating, rapid heart rate, pallor, tremors, agitation, severe confusion, hallucinations, fever, seizures and death. Do not do this on your own! see an addiction psychiatrist to stop safely. ...Read more

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Who to call for alcohol withdrawal?

Who to call for alcohol withdrawal?

A hospital or detox: Alcohol withdrawal can be a very serious and possibly life threatening situation and is best handled in a hospital or detox facility. ...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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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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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Bad Dreams (Definition)

Bad dreams is a symptom in which a person remembers dreams that are stressful to him, such as scary dreams, dreams of getting chased by attackers, dreams of suffering ...Read more