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Delirium Tremens

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by Alan R

(DTs)

 

Symptoms

Symptoms usually begin 3-7 days after suddenly stopping or decreasing alcohol intake. Symptoms may include:
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Changing levels of alertness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Bad dreams
  • Severe agitation
  • Fever
  • 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
  • Nausea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Seizures
In severe cases, DTs can result in death, especially if untreated.
 

RESOURCES

Alcoholics Anonymous
http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
http://www.niaaa.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Alcoholics Anonymous
http://www.aacanada.com

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
http://www.ccsa.ca

 

References


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.

 

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