FAQ - Alcohol Withdrawal Seizures
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How can the physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal be eased?

What if the withdrawal occurs in the home with no access to alcohol or medical treatment?

That's a tough one. A person may be able to ride through a mild to moderate withdrawal by getting plenty of fluids, taking high doses of B-complex vitamins and supplements of essential minerals such as magnesium. Valerian root is believed to work similar to benzodiazepines (the class of prescription drugs that are the mainstay treatment of alcohol withdrawal) so that could possibly help. Untreated, severe alcohol withdrawal puts a person at a high risk of potentially life-threatening symptoms such as seizures, severe autonomic hyperactivity and withdrawal delirium. It's very difficult to predict how serious the withdrawal syndrome will be in a particular person so people that are physical addicted should also see their doctor before attempting to quit.  (+ info)

if i do not show any signs of alcohol withdrawal in 7 days of not drinking am i ever going to withdrawal?

i am a heavy drinker and i stooped cold turkey a week ago but i was looking online about it and people have seizures, im just wondering if im over that hump in my rehab or does it take longer, should i still be worried?

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What's the most alcohol a person can drink daily without experiencing withdrawal symptoms if they stop?

6 drinks?

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What vitamins do you take for going through alcohol withdrawal?

I know it is one of the B vitamins and either magnesium or manganese... and also what doses??

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Will persons who experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms have to undergo addiction treatment?

I have a friend who was an alcohol addict. She stopped 2 days ago and I think she's experiencing withdrawal symptoms. She's been having a hard time sleeping, and when she does sleep, she gets bad dreams. She experiences nausea a lot and has clammy hands. I told her she should get herself treated, but she doesn't want to. Is this normal?

Your friend is experiencing mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms. You should contact the local hospital or a healthcare provider so he could fully assess your friend's situation. Your friend probably needs to be treated for her withdrawal. This can possibly be done on an out-patient basis. She may need social support groups, medication, and therapy. Don't think she can handle this all on her own. It would still be better to get medical help.  (+ info)

what is commonly prescribed for alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

I am looking for the names of medications that physicians prescribe to relieve shakes, etc, commonly associated with alcohol withdrawal.

Clonidine. But you get withdrawls from coming off the clonidine too.

This medication is used to treat high blood pressure. It works by stimulating certain brain receptors (alpha adrenergic type) which results in the relaxing of blood vessels in other parts of your body, causing them to widen. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.

OTHER USES: This medication may also be used to ease withdrawal symptoms associated with the long-term use of narcotics, alcohol and nicotine (smoking). In addition, clonidine may also be used for migraine headaches, hot flashes associated with menopause, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other conditions as determined by your doctor.  (+ info)

What kind of symptoms should someone expect from alcohol withdrawal?

The typical symptoms are autonomic hyperactivity (increased heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature), sweating, shakiness/tremors (esp. of the hands), anxiety, irritability, difficulty sleeping, lack of appetite, nausea/vomiting, headache, occasional hallucinations and possibly seizures. The person may experience some, many or even all of these symptoms. The severity of the withdrawal usually depends on how long and heavily the person has been drinking regularly.

Then there's alcohol withdrawal hallucinosis, which is uncommon. In this the auditory/visual/tactile hallucinations are more frequent and persistent. It can last days or even weeks.

Alcohol withdrawal delirium (delirium tremens or the "DTs") is the most severe form. It is not simply "the shakes". It includes many of the typical withdrawal symptoms along with severe agitation and symptoms of delirium (clouding of consciousness with reduced awareness of the environment, marked confusion, disorientation, profound hallucinations, incoherent speech, short-term memory impairment and an inability to shift, focus and maintain attention). This only occurs in about 10% of seriously dependent people who are withdrawing but, untreated, it carries a 25-30% fatality rate. So it's a true medical emergency and a person who begins to exhibit signs of delirium should be taken to a hospital immediately.  (+ info)

What is the best way to help and deal with someone that is going through alcohol and marijuana withdrawal,?

other than compassion, caring, loving, taking extremely good care of, and just trying to understand? The irritability is really getting to me when I am doing everything possible. I need some new answers, since mine don't seem to be working

If the person has just recently begun withdrawal, I do hope he or she is in a medically supervised detox program. If so, continuing loving, caring for them, having compassion and empathy for them, trying to understand what they are going through, and taking care of them to the best of your ability is the best you can do for them. But you'll never be able to keep up that chivalry unless you spend equal time caring for yourself.

Do yourself a favor and get hold of your local Al-Anon, now.  (+ info)

What are alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

I know I can search this on the internet, but I want personal experience. I went on about a week drinking spree, only drinking a few glasses of wine every night, but still it was daily. I'm wondering if the body aches I'm having are from not drinking yesterday...I've withdrawn from years of use of opiates and it was horrible. I definitely will watch how I drink it this is what it is!
I know. I definitely need to start watching my alcohol consumption. I've been sober for 6 years from opiates and another addiction is the last thing i need. thanks.

Yes body aches can be a sign of alcohol withdrawal also tremors and shakes it's called the DDT's. As a person who's dealt with one addiction you should remember that it's easy to switch one for another and you might be pushing it with drinking alcohol. Please be very careful as I've seen people switch one addiction for another and than have to go through hell again trying to detox from the second addiction.  (+ info)

Whats a natural remedy for alcohol withdrawal?

My heart keeps palpalating and i feel panicky whats a natural rememdy would valarian root help or what
Um no. thats the opposite of what I want.

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