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Doctor insights on: Which Vitamins Should You Take When Going Through Alcohol Withdrawal

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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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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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What vitamins are good for alcohol withdrawal?

What vitamins are good for alcohol withdrawal?

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

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Will a vitamin b injection help me avoid dt's with alcohol withdrawal?

Will a vitamin b injection help me avoid dt's with alcohol withdrawal?

No: What viitamin b1 or thiamine does is to prevent a bad consequence of not eating as is seen in chronic alcoholics who don't eat and who just drink alcohol called: wernicke-korsakoff syndrome. The vit. B injection will not/does not prevent dts or delirium tremens. Many think the shakes are dts, but technically that is not true. Dts are uncommon late stage symptoms and consist of hallucinations. ...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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Which labratory tests (bloodwork) would be abnormal for someone that is going through alcohol withdrawal?

Which labratory tests (bloodwork) would be abnormal for someone that is going through alcohol withdrawal?

None: Alcohol withdrawal does not have any diagnostic tests. Alcoholism itself can cause a number of abnormal tests - liver enzymes, Albumin level, blood counts, levels of uric acid and triglycerides and a number of others, but these are abnormal in heavy drinkers generally, not just with withdrawal. Adrenaline levels are high, but these are not measured except for research, and are not specific. ...Read more

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I'm going through alcohol withdrawal - nausea shaking. I'm on day ten. How long will they last and will a few drinks hurt / set me back?

I'm going through alcohol withdrawal - nausea shaking. I'm on day ten. How long will they last and will a few drinks hurt / set me back?

Alcohol withdrawal: Alcohol withdrawal symptoms usually get worse within 48-72 hours after the last drink, and can persist for 2 weeks or longer sometimes. Yes, if you have a few drinks now, it could set you back. Part of the problem with alcohol dependency is inability to control how much you drink, once you start. See your physician about this; meds may help & you may also need some thiamine shots as well. ...Read more