|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
- 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
- Rapid breathing
- Other antiseizure medication
- Medications to control blood pressure and heart rate
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. Updated May 20, 2014. Accessed June 18, 2014.
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: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 06/18/2014 -