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How long can delirium due to alcohol withdrawal last?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: Days

Days to 2 weeks but it can be fatal if not treated and monitored.

In brief: Days

Days to 2 weeks but it can be fatal if not treated and monitored.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Mounir Belcadi
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: A few days to months

It can start between 24 hours and 10 days after the last drink;it is a medical emergency ; some of the symptoms ( tremors, high blood pressure, anxiety etc ) can last a few days but some of the cognitive and emotional symptoms can last months.
.... If you have been drinking heavily and want to stop please at least seek advice from your treating md or do.

In brief: A few days to months

It can start between 24 hours and 10 days after the last drink;it is a medical emergency ; some of the symptoms ( tremors, high blood pressure, anxiety etc ) can last a few days but some of the cognitive and emotional symptoms can last months.
.... If you have been drinking heavily and want to stop please at least seek advice from your treating md or do.
Dr. Mounir Belcadi
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: 3-7 days

Typically it occurs on day 2-3 after stopping drinking, and then lasts 2-3 days, but in some cases can last weeks.
In very sick alcoholics with other problems, like pneumonia, gastrointestinal bleeding, pancreatitis and other serious illnesses, it may last even longer.

In brief: 3-7 days

Typically it occurs on day 2-3 after stopping drinking, and then lasts 2-3 days, but in some cases can last weeks.
In very sick alcoholics with other problems, like pneumonia, gastrointestinal bleeding, pancreatitis and other serious illnesses, it may last even longer.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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