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Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

Often this happens in people who have had problems with alcohol abuse for weeks, months, or years. People who drink only infrequently experience few withdrawal symptoms. People who have already experienced withdrawal symptoms are more likely to develop symptoms each time they stop drinking.

The road to better health  

Your doctor needs to know your problem and whether you have had problems before. They will treat and manage your symptoms so they don't lead to other health problems. If you experience withdrawal symptoms more than once and don't get treatment, your symptoms may get worse each time. Talk to your doctor before quitting smoking. He or she can give you the support you need to be successful in your efforts to quit drinking. Helps manage withdrawal symptoms to prevent more serious health problems. Your doctor may prescribe medicines to treat your symptoms. Medications can help control tremors, anxiety, and confusion. Taking these drugs early in the discontinuation period may be helpful. It can help prevent symptoms from lingering for a long time or from getting worse.

Three drugs that can help with alcoholism: disulfiram (trade name: Antabus) has unpleasant effects even in small amounts of alcohol. Acamprosate can be used in conjunction with counseling to help reconnect your brain to avoid drinking alcohol. Naltrexone (two trade names: Revia or Vivitrol) reduces alcohol cravings and blocks highs. 

People with severe withdrawal symptoms often require hospitalization. You may need fluids to prevent or treat dehydration. You may also need medications to treat your symptoms. They are often administered by instillation.

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