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Alcohol Health Res World. 1998;22(1):38-43.

Treatment of alcohol withdrawal.

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Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.


Appropriate treatment of alcohol withdrawal (AW) can relieve the patient's discomfort, prevent the development of more serious symptoms, and forestall cumulative effects that might worsen future withdrawals. Hospital admission provides the safest setting for the treatment of AW, although many patients with mild to moderate symptoms can be treated successfully on an outpatient basis. Severe AW requires pharmacological intervention. Although a wide variety of medications have been used for this purpose, clinicians disagree on the optimum medications and prescribing schedules. The treatment of specific withdrawal complications such as delirium tremens and seizures presents special problems and requires further research.

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