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Which treatment works the best and fastest for delirium tremens?
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David Miller
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
David Miller
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: ER treatment
True dts, or delirium tremens, is actually quite rare.
A lot of folks mistake various forms of drug withdrawal symptoms as dts. Dts occur about five days after a severe, chronic alcoholic has his or her last drink and is a medical emergency requiring hospitilizatization and sedation until it runs it's course. Dehydration is common. It can be fatal. In 25 years, I have seen only one with true dts.

In brief: ER treatment
True dts, or delirium tremens, is actually quite rare.
A lot of folks mistake various forms of drug withdrawal symptoms as dts. Dts occur about five days after a severe, chronic alcoholic has his or her last drink and is a medical emergency requiring hospitilizatization and sedation until it runs it's course. Dehydration is common. It can be fatal. In 25 years, I have seen only one with true dts.
Dr. Kevin Passer
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