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Keywords

alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, delirium tremens, withdrawal

 

Authors

  1. Lemon, Stephen J. Jr PharmD
  2. Winstead, P. Shane PharmD
  3. Weant, Kyle A. PharmD, BCPS

ABSTRACT

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is a significant problem that can complicate underlying disease states and lead to serious clinical consequences. The recognition of the early signs and symptoms of this syndrome, as well as the identification of those at highest risk for developing it, is crucial for effective prevention and management. Multiple pharmacotherapy options exist, and therapy should be guided on the basis of patient-specific factors and clinical presentation. The optimal care of these patients is dependent on a multidisciplinary approach to provide appropriate evaluation, treatment, and follow-up.