What are the indications for magnesium in the treatment of delirium tremens (DTs)?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Michael James Burns, MD, FACEP, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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There is insufficient evidence about the benefits or harms of magnesium supplementation to prevent or treat alcohol withdrawal. [14] However, because the administration of magnesium is safe in the absence of renal insufficiency, consider routine administration of magnesium in patients with alcohol withdrawal. In severe deficiency, the deficit is about 1-2 mEq/kg of body weight.


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