|The sudden withdrawal or decrease of alcohol can cause severe disturbances in the brain.|
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- History of heavy alcohol use and abuse
- History of DTs or other withdrawal symptoms
- Other medical problems in addition to alcohol abuse
- Confusion and disorientation
- Delirium—changing levels of alertness
- Trouble sleeping
- Bad dreams
- Severe agitation
- Hallucinations—the perception of a thing, voice, or person that is not present, both visual and auditory
- Delusions—a false belief that is strongly held
- Tremors of the hands, head, or body
- Severe sweating
- Rapid heartbeat
- Increased rate of breathing
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased body temperature
- Other antiseizure medication
Vitamins and Fluids
Alcoholics Anonymous http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism http://www.niaaa.nih.gov
Alcoholics Anonymous http://www.aacanada.com
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse http://www.ccsa.ca
Alcohol withdrawal. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated April 4, 2013. Accessed July 11, 2013.
Barrons R, Roberts N. The role of carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine in alcohol withdrawal syndrome. J Clin Pharm Ther. 2010;35(2):153-167.
Bayard M, McIntyre J, et al. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Am Fam Physician. 2004;69(6):1443-1450.
McKeon A, Frye MA, et al. The alcohol withdrawal syndrome. J Neurol Neurosurg Psych. 2008;79:854-862.
- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD; Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 07/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -