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Doctor insights on: Xanax Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

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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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Does Xanax (alprazolam) work for alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Does Xanax (alprazolam) work for alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Not a good idea: While Xanax (alprazolam) could help with some symptoms, it is never used this way in a medical setting. Xanax (alprazolam) is short acting and one of the most addictive benzodiazipines. It itself has the highest risk of seizures if withdrawaling from it. Since not doctor who is familar with treating alcohol withdrawal would use it, i suspect you are trying to withdrawal yourself. Don't do it find a qualified physician. ...Read more

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I have primary biliary cirhosis. Can i take Xanax (alprazolam) to help with alcohol withdrawal symptoms or will that damage my liver too?

I have primary biliary cirhosis.  Can i take Xanax (alprazolam) to help with alcohol withdrawal symptoms or will that damage my liver too?

Biliary cirrhosis: Although it's a benzodiazepine and could be used, xanax (alprazolam) might not be the preferred medication to use in alcohol withdrawal. It really depends on what your physician determines is safest for you, considering your entire state of health. Alcohol would definitely be more injurious to your liver than xanax (alprazolam). Sometimes medications must be reduced in dosage, in accord w/reductions in liver function. ...Read more

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How long would that take to get rid of alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

How long would that take to get rid of alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Depends,: If you are an inpatient receiving detox medication your symptoms could be decreased considerably within hours. If you are drinking heavily and stop suddenly and take no mediation for detox you could have symptoms lasting 5-7 days. It is much safer to do this while under care of your family md or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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At what point should I go the hospital for alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Go to rehab: Check with your local medical clinic or hospital if they have a program to get clean from alcohol. Usually takes several days to one week. Patients receive tranquilizers and anticonvulsants while not drinking alcohol to prevent seizures, delirium or neurological complications. ...Read more

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How well does atenolol work to help with mild to medium alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

Not Much: Atenelol is a beta blocker, this family of medications are not used (in general ) for treatment of alcohol withdrawal. They may help with peripheral symptoms of anxiety such as tremor, tachycardia and high blood pressure. Other medications are more effective in treatment of alcohol withdrawal. ...Read more

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How do you differentiate between alcohol withdrawal symptoms and anxiety disorder? Are there symptoms particular to each?

How do you differentiate between alcohol withdrawal symptoms and anxiety disorder? Are there symptoms particular to each?

Severe anxiety and: withdrawal symptoms are like chicken and egg. It's difficult to differentiate and one can feed the other. More importantly, you need professional monitoring in such situations by your doc or a mental health professional, maybe both. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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If I try to quit, will the alcohol withdrawal symptoms kill me?

If I try to quit, will the alcohol withdrawal symptoms kill me?

Possibly: Severe alcohol withdrawal sometimes called delerium tremens can cause death. The vast majority of people who stop drinking do not risk death however. If you have any concerns about your health when you stop drinking, consult your physician who can assist you in a plan for safely detoxifying from alcohol. ...Read more

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How can I best take care of alcohol withdrawal symptoms if you have hepatitis?

How can I best take care of alcohol withdrawal symptoms if you have hepatitis?

With M.D. supervion: Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be serious. They can include life threatening seizures. The withdrawal should be done under medical supervision and may include a temporary use of benzodiazepines. Sometimes the withdrawal process is done in the hospital. It is particularly important to undergo this withdrawal process since the use of alcohol in the presence of hepatitis is very dangerous. ...Read more

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Which alcohol withdrawal symptoms can happen after only about 3 or 4 weeks of nightly consumption?

After Alcohol: Delerium tremens or dts can occur even after regular chronic alcohol consumption is abruptly terminated in some people. Marked by hallucinations, cardiovascular instability and seizures. More likely you will experience tremors, headaches, fatigue, sleep changes, irritability, agitation and in some cases palpitations. Your consumption amount will also impact the degree of symptoms experienced. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Alprazolam (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system . So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight , dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more


Dr. Stuart Wasser
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Withdrawal Symptoms (Definition)

Withdrawal symptoms is a set of predictable symptoms that occur upon discontinuation of an addictive substance after regular ...Read more